A pithy question when one thinks of the state and plight of the First Nations in Canada. When one puts the spotlight onto the matter as to why so much much money is ploughed into the FN communities , with a paucity of benefits to show…
“A principal cause is the degree of dysfunction in First Nations governance, which he describes as “unmatched in any other jurisdiction in Canada.””
“One of the most cogent policy papers I have ever read in my life is on this very subject, First Nations governance.
Written by a former federal bureaucrat named John Graham who has made aboriginal governance his bailiwick, it was produced for the Ottawa-based Institute on Governance, a non-profit think tank.
Now a private consultant, though still a senior associate at the institute, Graham wrote it in April of last year. It identifies 11 significant problems with First Nations governments that act as a brake upon reserve health.
The impetus was the revelation that despite significant increases to First Nation funding (for water, housing, education and economic development, plus residential-school healing), the gap in what’s called “community well-being” between the rest of Canada and reserves just keeps on growing.
Community well-being is how the federal aboriginal-affairs people measure health — using indices of education, housing, labour force and income.
“So why is the gap widening?” ”