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Harvard Project Lessons on Self-Government: Improving Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada

Frontier Backgrounder by Dennis Owens

In this brief backgrounder, Dennis Owens explores the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development; for 15 years, this project has been conducting on-the-ground research into the relationship between governance on Indian reservations and its effects on prosperity. Owens explains that this research has found that reserve communities which have higher levels of economic health tend to be those that have higher degrees of effective sovereignty.

Owens argues that building successful reserve communities requires a strategic direction in terms of the Reserve’s sovereignty, which in turn leads to economic health. Citing the Harvard research, Owens suggests that communities that are building successful economies tend to share certain features of governance, including stable political institutions, an independent judicial system, profitable and sustainable enterprises, competent, professional bureaucracies, and governing institutions that reflect the cultural traditions of the community.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Dennis Owens;
Publisher: Frontier Centre for Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Governance
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Economic Development
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Economic Development / 2003
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Governance / 2003
Policy Articles / Aboriginal

Keywords / Tags:

aboriginal self-government; aboriginal economic prosperity; reserve communities; aboriginal sovereignty;