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Thursday, July 31, 2014

OUR FRIENDS

Listuguj Mi’gMaq Government

Listuguj, one of the largest Mi’gmaq communities on the East Coast, is part of the Mi’gmaq Nation, and is located on the 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/

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