Manitoba Has It Right On First Nation Equality – May 1, 2013
The federal NDP should stand united with its Manitoba provincial counterpart in supporting legislation that will ensure equitable property division between spouses on First Nations reserves.
First Nations Should Welcome New Transparency Law – April 15, 2013
First Nations governments across the Prairies should support a new financial transparency law because the evidence shows that the best governed bands are the most transparent. They should also support the law because Frontier Centre data shows that most Prairie band members support financial transparency.
Volume Never Wins Arguments – April 4, 2013
The discourse is declining on Aboriginal issues when the debates are characterized by noise and disruption, rather than calm discussion.
Nelson to import American Indian Movement – February 14, 2013
A Winnipeg chapter of the American Indian Movement will be formally organized on Saturday with Nelson, the former head of the Roseau River reserve, announcing Tuesday that three of 20 positions on the Grand Governing Council will be filled in a ceremony at Thunderbird House. Nelson said the Idle No More movement has engaged aboriginals.
Dictating Their Own Fate – January 30, 2013
Figures on aboriginal population from the 2011 census are not yet available, but the 2006 census showed nearly 1.2 million Canadians -- about 4 per cent of the population -- claim to be aboriginal. Of these, fewer than a quarter (under 400,000) live on reserves.
To Solve Native Issues, Focus more on the Indians and Less on the Chiefs – January 15, 2013
The country’s most famous hunger striker has declined to declare victory and moved the aspirational goal posts after successfully hijacking the Prime Minister’s schedule. Canadians are divided as to whether she is a Northern Ontario Mother Teresa or an incompetent small town administrator on a highly publicized weight loss program.
First Nation Treaties Don’t Guarantee Prosperity – January 10, 2013
The Idle No More protests being staged by First Nations in Manitoba is an opportunity to discuss how indigenous communities can improve at home.
Fisher River Cree Nation Stands Tall – November 8, 2012
A good First Nations story for a change is the high ranking Fisher River Cree Nation obtained this past year in the Frontier Centre’s annual Aboriginal Governance Index, owing to their progressive economic policies and good governance reforms.
Feds Cut Funding to Native Groups – September 28, 2012
Recent cuts to aboriginal political organizations are not as bad as some say as front line services are not affected and the decision creates an opportunity to discuss how to re-focus and trim these lobby groups for the benefit of all First Nations, especially the grassroots.
Free to Fish – September 27, 2012
A new policy paper by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy looks at the evidence for giving Prairie fishers, particularly from indigenous communities, more freedom to sell and market their own freshwater fish.
Media Release - Freshwater Fish Monopoly is Impoverishing Aboriginal Fishers – September 27, 2012
A new Frontier Centre study suggests that many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal fishers need to withdraw from the monopoly of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation as market conditions have changed and today's fishers are quite capable of marketing their own fish.
Is there a Big Bear among the AFN candidates? – July 18, 2012
Candidates running for the Assembly of First Nations leadership race should emphasize self-reliance and harnessing collective energies of all First Nations rather than emphasizing payout and blame shifting.
Professor Elizabeth Rata, Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education – June 26, 2012
The Frontier Centre interviewed Elizabeth Rata, an education professor at the University of Auckland, who believes the modern approach to Maori education focusing on difference and ‘re-tribalizing’ is misguided and will lead to failure.
Too Many Attawapiskats – June 22, 2012
It is a good time to take stock of the special challenges facing Canada's aboriginal population - including deficits in education, job opportunities and standard of living compared to non-aboriginal populations.
Media Release - Improving the Quality of Aboriginal Education in Canada – June 20, 2012
Aboriginal education in Canada could improve significantly if Indian bands and parents took a greater role in the education of the children in their communities, insuring prompt remedial literacy and numeracy.
A Workable Voucher System for Aboriginal Students – June 20, 2012
This backgrounder describes how Aboriginal education in Canada could improve significantly if Indian bands and parents took a greater role in the education of the children in their communities, insuring prompt remedial literacy and numeracy.
Think Tank Releases Prairie Aboriginal Rankings – May 7, 2012
Despite an emphasis on Aboriginal difference, the Frontier Centre’s fifth annual Aboriginal Governance Index confirms that grassroots First Nations want universal things like transparent, accountable governments that treat everyone on the reserve equally.
Frontier Highlights High Performing Manitoba Bands – April 16, 2012
The Frontier Centre has released its fifth Aboriginal Governance Index and some Manitoba bands are solid performers again.
Media Release - Frontier Centre releases 5th Aboriginal Governance Index – April 12, 2012
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy releases rankings for its fifth annual Aboriginal Governance Index (AGI), which highlights how band members in 32 communities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta perceive the quality of their governance and services.
The Fifth Annual Aboriginal Governance Index – April 12, 2012
The newly-released fifth annual Aboriginal Governance Index involved 32 participating First Nations communities across three Prairie provinces, and highlighted the clear governance expectations of average band members.