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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

OUR FRIENDS

Líl̓wat Nation

In Líl̓wat Nation, the people come first. They believe that good governance comes from listening to their people and their Chiefs and Council ensures that their citizens have many opportunities to engage with government. They are participating in CFNG’s multi-year Transitional Governance Program. Líl̓wat Nation are Interior Salish people, whose lands are located in central British Columbia.

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Council of the Haida Nation

The Council of the Haida Nation was formed in 1974 by a handful of people with a vision to organize Haida people into one political entity. Part of the vision was a clear mandate to settle land claims. From those beginnings the CHN has been addressing the land question and has become a national government enacting legislation and policy affecting many aspects of life on Haida Gwaii. The consolidation of the Council as a national government has worked hand-in-hand with collective action that Haida have taken to protect culture and ensure that their way of living continues. Haida Gwaii is a chain of islands located off the west coast of Canada.

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Listuguj Mi’gMaq Government

Listuguj, one of the largest Mi’gmaq communities, is part of the Mi’gmaq Nation, and is located on the Canadian border of Quebec and New Brunswick. Listuguj lies within the tribal district of Gespe’gewa’gi and is a member of the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Assembly.

The Listuguj Mi’gMaq Government participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance . This program gave recognition to Listuguj First Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:

> VIDEO: Listuguj establishes their own fisheries laws
>PUBLICATION: Making First Nation Law: The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Fishery
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http://www.listuguj.ca/

Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Assembly

The Mi’gmawei Mawiomi vision is for an independent (self-sustaining, self-determining) Mi’gmaq government based on a constitution that promotes and protects the rights, freedoms and well-being of the L’nu (the people). The Mi’gmawei Mawiomi (MM) was founded upon the spirit and intent of their political accord of 2000 consented among the three Gesgape’gewa’gi Mi’gmaq governing councils of Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj. Their communities are located on the east coast of Canada.

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Institute of Public Administration of Canada

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is Canada’s leading professional organization supporting excellence in the country’s public sector. Members include public servants, academics and others interested in public administration. The Institute works closely with all levels of government to promote quality public services and practices. IPAC is a recognized leader in research, training, knowledge sharing and outreach. IPAC has partnered with the Centre for First Nations Governance and Carelton University to deliver the Transitional Governance Project.

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada has partnered with the Centre to deliver the Transitional Governance Project. The project’s goal is to fill a critical gap in research and expertise, and establish approaches to mastering and moving out from under the Indian Act toward a practical realization of the inherent right to self-governance.

Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, in Ottawa, has been a centre of policy research and academic excellence for more than 65 years. Each year, the school welcome approximately 60 new Masters’ students, six new PhD candidates and 25 diploma students. Carleton University has partnered with the Centre for First Nations Governance and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada to deliver the Transitional Governance Project.

Carleton University has partnered with the Centre to deliver the Transitional Governance Project. The project’s goal is to fill a critical gap in research and expertise, and establish approaches to mastering and moving out from under the Indian Act toward a practical realization of the inherent right to self-governance.

Miawpukek First Nation

Located on the south coast of Newfoundland. Miawpukek has gone from a poor, isolated community with almost 90% unemployment to a strong vibrant community with nearly 100% full time/part-time employment and is one of the fastest growing communities in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Miawpukek First Nation participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Miawpukek First Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:

>VIDEO: Miawpukek’s Story of Growth

http://www.mfngov.ca/

Tsawwassen First Nation

Located just south of Vancouver, Tsawwassen First Nation successfully negotiated their modern day treaty and is a self governing Coast Salish Nation; the first of its kind for urban British Columbia. The Tsawwassen people are working to build a vibrant community that is at the forefront of economic, environmental, social and cultural sustainability.

Tsawwassen First Nation participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Tsawwassen First Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:

>WORKSHOP: Law and Policy Development
>VIDEO:: Tsawwassen’s Law and Policy Development
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http://www.tsawwassenfirstnation.com/

Membertou

Membertou belongs to the greater tribal group of the Mi’kmaw Nation. Membertou is situated in the city of Sydney, Nova Scotia, within its tribal district of Unamaki (Cape Breton). An ISO certified First Nation, Membertou is involved in a wide array of businesses and community services. From the Elementary School to their Convention Centre, Membertou is focused on continually improving the lives of the community members from toddlers to seniors.

Membertou participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Membertou’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:

>VIDEO: Membertou’s ISO Certification Story
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http://www.membertou.ca

Ktunaxa Nation Council

Ktunaxa people have occupied the lands adjacent to the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers and the Arrow Lakes of British Columbia, Canada for more than 10,000 years. The goals of the Ktunaxa Nation Council include preservation and promotion of Ktunaxa traditional knowledge, language and culture, community and social development and wellness, land and resource development, economic investment and self-government.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Ktunaxa Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:
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> VIDEO: Vision for a Nation-Ktunaxa Nation

http://www.ktunaxa.org/

Westbank First Nation

Located in south central British Columbia, Canada, the Okanagan Valley is home to Westbank First Nation, one of seven native communities that belong to the Okanagan Nation.Westbank First Nation is a self-governing nation. The Westbank First Nation Constitution, developed by WFN members, sets out how the community is governed and exercises its jurisdiction.

Westbank First Nation participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Westbank First Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:

> VIDEO: Prosperous Self-Government Westbank First Nation

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http://www.wfn.ca/

Nisga’a Lisims Government

Nisga’a are people of the Nass River and have lived on British Columbia’s northwest coast since time immemorial. Canada’s Nisga’a Nation is represented by Nisga’a Lisims Government - a modern, forward-thinking administration based on traditional culture and values.The Nisga’a people negotiated the first modern day treaty in Canada.

The Nisga’a Lisims Government participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Nisga’a Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:

> VIDEO: Restoring a Nation-Nisga’a Nation
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http://www.nisgaalisims.ca/welcome

Gitanyow Nation

Located on the Nass River in northwest BC, the Gitanyow use a traditional, house system of governance that is highly democratic and open through the mechanism of the feast. Their house system contains within it a traditional system of planning by eight hereditary chiefs and consultation within the houses. The house territories compose the traditional territory of the Gitanyow.

Gitanyow Nation participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Gitanyow Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada:

> VIDEO: Protecting Traditional Territories: Gitanyow Nation

         
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http://www.gitanyow.com

Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada

The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada (AFOA) is the centre for excellence and innovation in Aboriginal finance and management. AFOA was founded as a not-for-profit association in 1999 to help Aboriginal people better manage and govern their communities and organizations through a focus on enhancing finance and management practices and skills.

Our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance worked with the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada (AFOA) to develop a national certification for Aboriginal Administrators and Managers.

>CERTIFICATION: Certifying First Nation Administrators
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http://www.afoa.ca

Native Nations Institute

Located in Arizona, Native Nations Institute’s (NNI) mission is to assist in the building of capable Native nations that can effectively pursue and ultimately realize their own political, economic, and community development objectives. This effort, which we call nation building, is the central focus of NNI’s programs.

Our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance worked with the Native Nations Institute to develop several hands-on resources for First Nations.

>BEST PRACTICES: Governance Toolkit and Best Practices
>VIDEO: Listuguj establishes their own fisheries laws
>PUBLICATION: Making First Nation Law: The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Fishery
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http://nni.arizona.edu

Thompson Rivers University

Located in Kamloops, BC, Thompson Rivers University has a unique combination of traditional degree programs, many allowing diploma and certificate program graduates access through laddering, along with flexible degree completion through distance education as the BC Centre for Open Learning.

Our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance worked with Thompson Rivers University to develop the course “Essentials of First Nations Governance” FNST 091.

>TRAINING: Essentials of First Nations Governance
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http://www.tru.ca/

University of Toronto: Faculty of Law & The School of Public Policy and Governance

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law is one of the world’s great law schools; a dynamic academic and social community with rich academic programs, supplemented by many legal clinics and public interest programs. As a hub for policy discourse, the School of Public Policy & Governance educates students to be effective practitioners and leaders in public policy. U of T is located in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance worked with the University of Toronto’s Initiative on Indigenous Governance to deliver a two day symposium on Reconciliation in Ontario.

>CONFERENCE: Reconciliation in Ontario, Feb 2011
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http://www.utoronto.ca/

Contact North

Contact North is the world’s largest distance education and training network. A not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Sudbury and Thunder Bay it was founded in 1986 and serves the education and training needs of Ontarians in small, remote, rural and First Nation communities across the province.

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http://www.contactnorth.ca/

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is a place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach collide. SFU’s vision is to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university.

http://www.sfu.ca

John B. Zoe

John B. Zoe was the Chief Negotiator for the former Treaty 11 Council of the NWT from 1992 to the conclusion and recognition of the Tłıchǫ Land Claim and Self Government Agreement in 2005. John continues in the role as the senior advisor to the Tłıchǫ Government. He was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Law from the University of Alberta in recognition of his work in the development of the new government, as well as his contributions to involving elders and youth in projects that are built upon a foundation of Tłıchǫ language, culture and way of life. John received a recognition award from the Tlicho Government for his contributions along with many other tribal members. John also received the Order of the NWT in 2015.

Think Tank Speaker

Stephen Cornell

Stephen Cornell is Faculty Chair of the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona where he also is a professor of sociology and affiliate faculty in the James E. Rogers College of Law. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He held faculty appointments in sociology at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego before joining the Arizona faculty in 1998. From 1998 to 2016 he served as director of the university’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. In 1986, while at Harvard, he co-founded the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. He continues to co-direct that project today. At Arizona, he led the establishment of the Native Nations Institute, a partner program to the Harvard Project.

Think Tank Speaker

Kent McNeil

Kent McNeil is a distinguished research professor (emeritus) at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where he has taught since 1987. He is the author of numerous works on the rights of Indigenous peoples, including two books: Common Law Aboriginal Title (1989) and Emerging Justice? Essays on Indigenous Rights in Canada and Australia (2001). He has also co-edited a collection, Indigenous Peoples and the Law: Comparative and Critical Perspectives (2009). His work focuses on Indigenous land rights and governance authority.

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Connie Lazore

Connie Lazore, Tsi Snaihne District Chief After serving the community in the capacity as an employee of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) for 27 years Connie made the decision to vie for a District Chief position in the 2015 June Election, she was successful in July 2015 Connie began her three-year term to serve her community.

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Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly joined the School of Public Administration in 2001. He is a political scientist, specializing in comparative and urban politics. He worked for the French public sector for 10 years, including postings with the French Small Business Administration and the Nord Pas-de-Calais Regional Council. Prior to his appointment at UVic, Emmanuel was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario from 1999-2000, and Assistant Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame from 2000-2001. At UVic’s School of Public Administration he is Jean Monnet Chair in European Urban and Border Region Policy, Director of the European Studies minor and of the European Union Centre for Excellence.

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Jodi Bruhn

Jodi Bruhn is a published policy researcher, author and facilitator specializing in governance and indigenous/Crown relations. With experience in the public, academic and not-for-profit sectors, she has advised senior government officials, parliamentarians, and indigenous governments and organizations. Before joining Stratéjuste in 2012, Jodi served as research manager at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and as lead analyst to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, Parliament of Canada. From 2007 to 2009, she was senior researcher at the Institute on Governance. Originally from the Prairies, Jodi holds a PhD (Notre Dame), MA (Calgary) and BA (University of Saskatchewan) in political science.

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