Nation Building Services Aim at Developing First Nation Governance more Meaningful than the Indian Act

by NationTalk on May 1, 2009985 Views


OTTAWA – April 29, 2009, The National Centre for First Nations Governance is traveling to First Nations in Ontario to assist with rebuilding the way they govern their Nations.

Ontario First Nations have received advice on consultation, territorial rights, election laws and citizen engagement.“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 services are for Nations that are pursuing greater autonomy in decision-making and want something more meaningful than the Indian Act as the foundation for their governing institutions.

“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.“

Workshops and services are designed to let citizens, elders, youth, leaders and administrative staff work together to identify the paths that they want to take.

For people that want to learn online, the Centre offers the Governance Toolkit, a free educational web-based resource. The 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 Governance Toolkit can be found on the Centre’s website at

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.

For more information contact Larry Spence @ 1-.807-251-5407


Contact: Larry Spence
Phone: 1-807-251-5407

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