Property rights could unlock native reform

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Jan 28 2012
… underlying title allows First Nation communities to subdivide a portion of their reserve land into fee simple lands for individual members to use. Band members could then use these fee simple lands to generate wealth through mortgages, loans, and buy/sell transactions, much like Canadians do off-reserve, but without any of the hassle of dealing with significant bureaucratic red tape that most members have to endure under the Indian Act.

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Choices for First Nations

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Dec 01 2011
One solution, for instance, might be for the federal and provincial governments to provide remote First Nations with special funds (either through a one-time grant or a low-interest loan) to invest or partner with larger First Nations to pursue economic development opportunities in the south… A more radical solution would be to provide lucrative incentives for indigenous members to move out of remote communities and into places where standards of living are higher, costs of living lower, and economic opportunities more available.

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Native people forge municipal links

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Oct 23 2011
… while much ink has been spilled about the lack of significant aboriginal policy reform at the federal and provincial levels, important changes in the aboriginal-non-aboriginal relationship are occurring at the local level… Indeed, over the last several decades, municipalities and aboriginal governments across Canada have signed a variety of intergovernmental agreements. These agreements, which number in the thousands, address a variety of important issues for both communities.

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Four sparks light aboriginal fires

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Sep 21 2010
Recent research suggests that four factors determine whether an aboriginal group is likely to adopt confrontational strategies against the Canadian state. The first is when aboriginal and non-aboriginal goals relating to indigenous-claimed lands and resources are highly divergent… Second, the nature, scope and frequency of intrusions on aboriginal lands matter… Third, indigenous groups mobilize when they feel that the Canadian political and legal systems are unlikely to be responsive to their needs…

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How to reform the Indian Act

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Jul 29 2010
First, the federal government needs to be more experimental in the range of approaches it is willing to consider. Many of the bottom-up, incremental approaches adopted in the past were rooted in capitalistic thinking… Second, policy-makers need to actually listen to what aboriginal groups want. This means paying attention to what aboriginal groups think is best for them and providing support… Colonialism is a stubborn stain on our nation’s history. It’s time to try a new approach to reforming the Indian Act in Canada.

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Let’s give the First Nations homes of their own

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

March 27, 2010
We are proposing that the federal government pass a First Nations Property Ownership Act so that First Nations across Canada can have clear underlying and individual property ownership, should they so choose. The benefits of a First Nations property ownership would be substantial. ..

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