Monday, June 17, 2019


March, 2009

A New Toolkit for Rebuilding First Nations

The National Centre for First Nations Governance is pleased to announce the unveiling of its Governance Toolkit. This online resource is available at:
The toolkit is a resource for First Nations leaders that are pursuing greater autonomy in decision-making and want something more meaningful than the Indian Act as the foundation for their governing institutions.
The Governance Toolkit provides examples of best practices from twenty-four Nations and includes over one hundred supporting documents to assist in the implementation of effective governance.  The toolkit is organized around five pillars with governance principles developed from extensive research. The pillars are: The People, The Land, Laws and Jurisdiction, Institutions, and Resources.
“We’re not talking about good governance under the Indian Act. says Sheldon Tetreault, Director, Governance Advisory Services.  “We are talking about true self-determined governance.“
First Nations Leaders and administrative staff can learn how other Nations have achieved success.  Here are some of the many examples of effective governance in action.
  * Tsleil-Waututh developed a vision for the community, land and people through a six-stage process.
  * Miawpukek First Nation implemented a full process of community consultation.
  * Haida Nation negotiated the Gwaii Haanas Agreement, marking the formal recognition of Haida interests in their ancestral lands.
  * Membertou Nation grew their operating budget from 4 to 65 million dollars in less than ten years.
  * White Bear First Nations and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) showed the resolve to expand their jurisdiction leading to the1995 Gaming Framework Agreement and the FSIN First Nation Gaming Act.
  * Gila River Indian Community provides youth with a council for participating in decision making.
The Governance Toolkit can be found on the Centre’s website at The Centre provides the toolkit as a free educational online resource.  For face-to-face learning, the Centre delivers Nation re-building workshops and consulting services in communities across Canada.
“The bottom line of the Centre is to work with people on the ground where they live.  That’s where we spend the majority of our time and, I guess, that’s what sets us apart from anyone else or anything else in the country,” states Satsan (Herb George), President, National Centre for First Nations Governance.
The Centre is governed and staffed by educated, experienced and knowledgeable First Nation professionals.
The National Centre for First Nations Governance supports First Nations as they seek to implement their right to self-governance and helps them improve their day-to-day government operations. The Centre is an independent, non-profit, service and research organization.