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Counsel for Canadian Federalism: Aboriginal Governments and the Council of the Federation

Council of the Federation by Frances Abele, Michael Prince

This brief report by Abele and Prince is part of a series of commentaries published by the IRPP to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council of the Federation.
The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government.

This particular commentary deals with Aboriginal governments. Abele and Prince suggest that, from an Aboriginal perspective, a number of concerns can be raised in regard to the Council of the Federation. They include the fact that Aboriginal governments were neglected in discussions pertaining to the Council’s formation, and that issues such as land claims and self-government were ignored.

The authors conclude their paper with concrete suggestions that would enable Aboriginal governments to participate in the Council of the Federation.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Frances Abele; Michael Prince;
Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type:
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National; Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English French
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Governance
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Governance / 2003
Policy Articles / Aboriginal

Keywords / Tags:

self-governance; Council of the Federation; federalism; cooperation with federal government; land claims;