Four Principles that Relate to Institutions
- Transparency and Fairness
- Results-Based Organizations
- Cultural Alignment of Institutions
- Effective Inter-Governmental Relations
Transparency and Fairness
Transparency and Fairness make certain that First Nations institutions and the ways they operate are understood by the people they are designed to serve. Consolidating and then openly sharing processes and procedures assures citizens that decisions are made fairly. Fairness does not mean that all decisions will be the same, but that set criteria will be applied consistently in making all decisions. It is in the implementation of a policy that its fairness is revealed. Transparency minimizes the opportunity for preferential treatment and the advancement of private interests over public good.
Results-Based Organizations are imperative for any governing body to measure the effectiveness of its governance. In measuring the effectiveness of First Nations governance, a key result would be the extent to which the structures have moved the people toward their strategic vision. However, for decades First Nations communities have functioned within organizational structures driven not by their vision, but by federal government funding opportunities. Our institutions have been developed to serve the needs and interests of that government and not our own. The effect is that the people have no authentic connection to the resulting systems and structures of governance. They become frustrated, disengaged and angry.
Cultural Alignment of Institutions
Cultural Alignment of Institutions are where the organizations are infused with practices and beliefs consistent with the values of the people being represented. It is with cultural alignment that effective governance in First Nations communities will exist.
Effective Inter-Governmental Relations
Effective Inter-Governmental Relations maximize the opportunities for communication and effective decision-making while minimizing the opportunities for conflict. Effective inter-governmental relations result in productive and satisfying working relationships where the goal is a “win-win”; the collaborative advancement of the interests of all governments whenever possible.