Centre Research Defines the Landscape
NCFNG releases large body of research, the work of 28 leading scholars
First Nations are clearly entitled to define their own approach to governance and to exercise the rights that come with title to their traditional lands. These are the conclusions from a large body of research recently released by the Centre.
Completed in 2007-2008, the research is the work of 28 leading scholars, legal researchers, academics and community practitioners. These experts were commissioned by the Centre to undertake research based on what is actually happening in communities across the country.
The first two of these papers, considered the cornerstone of the project, were released early in 2008 at the Conference on the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights and were presented in person by Osgoode Hall professor Kent McNeil and Maria Morellato of the law firm Blakes Cassells.
The strength of the scholarship in this undertaking has gone a long way to establish the academic credibility of the Centre. It has furthered the excellent relationship the Centre is developing with academic partners and has seen a number of approaches to the Centre regarding research partnerships.
One of those new relationships has resulted in a signed memorandum of understanding to support the University of Alberta in a new initiative called the Aboriginal Governance and Partnership Program. In the words of U of A provost and vice-president Carl Amhrein, the university has come to understand that “equitable, successful governance and partnership practices are key to creating and sustaining healthy Aboriginal communities.”
The research papers are available here and will be presented at two major research conferences in 2008, one in association with the University of Alberta in Edmonton and the other at Dalhousie University in Halifax.