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Aboriginal Communities and Urban Sustainability

ARTICLE by Katherine Graham, Evelyn Peters

This article by Katherine A.H. Graham and Evelyn Peters looks at aboriginals and city life, and the policy environment that surrounds this relationship. They argue that there are certain key characteristics of the current policy milieu. First is the “jurisdictional maze” of policy and jurisprudence. The second element is that we seem to be developing a more “nuanced understanding of the characteristics of Aboriginal people living in cities”, acknowledging their inter-connectedness with the non-urban aboriginal population. The third element is the “nascent understanding” that locally-driven initiatives can be very responsive to immediate problems, even from the point of view of federal programs. Finally, the authors offer several recommendations: that the federal government take the lead by dealing with the fundamental issue of access to federal programs for Métis and non-Status Indians; the need for the federal government to “engage actively with and provide appropriate support to all First Nations governments as they deal more directly with their off reserve people”; and the appointment of a new Minister of
Aboriginal Relations “with responsibility for overall policy leadership on Aboriginal matters, including the urban dimension.”

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Katherine Graham; Evelyn Peters;
Publisher: Canadian Policy Research Networks [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Justice
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Governance
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Indian Act
Policy Articles / Aboriginal
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Governance / 2002
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Indian Act / 2002
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Justice / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

status; non-status; metis; indian affairs; minister; reserves; off-reserve; urban;