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.
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.
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.
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.
What to do with Lake St. Martin First Nation – January 10, 2012
Rather than allow leaders or political squabbling prevent a flooded Manitoba First Nation from re-locating to a temporary site, government should directly ask members in a confidential way what their views are.
Level the Playing Field for Aboriginals – January 6, 2012
Rather than just deal with enforcement of existing tobacco laws as a means to curb illegal tobacco, the government must deal with the underlying causes, which are connected to exclusion of Native communities from the economy.
Tackling the On-Reserve Housing Crisis – December 20, 2011
The housing crisis on Attawapiskat is one example of larger problems with indigenous housing which is a reliance on an unsustainable model and an unwillingness to admit housing is also a political issue on many First Nations.
How to Improve First Nation Economies – November 24, 2011
A new national Aboriginal economic report confirming that First Nation bands with taxing authority and jurisdiction over their own lands and resources tend to do better is bad news for Manitoba as bands in that province tend to not have those things.
FSIN Debacle Shows the Need to Heed Rules – September 23, 2011
The improper and illegal removal of a Saskatchewan First Nation leader underscores the importance of ensuring First Nation organizations follow proper procedure and also allow grassroots input into the leadership selection process.
The Costs of Caledonia – August 22, 2011
The Caledonia land dispute is not simplistic and requires peaceful, independent adjudication, not an excuse to commit senseless violence.
New Grand Chief Should Lead Reform – July 26, 2011
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is selecting a new grand chief, which highlights the opportunity to be transformative and bold on numerous policy fronts, including how the AMC chooses its leader.
Aboriginals Need Roadmap For Success, Not Ideology – July 12, 2011
Despite evidence to the contrary, critics of Aboriginals entering the economy prefer ideology over empirical reality.
Overdue Human Rights Law Applies to Band Governments – June 18, 2011
A three-year transitional period for human rights legislation to affect First Nation governments has come to an end, but how will those rights be interpreted?
Government Should Act to Avoid Native Walkerton Tragedy – May 26, 2011
Ottawa needs to adopt clear legislation on water safety and First Nations need to work with the provinces and private sector in order to avoid a Native Walkerton tragedy.
Property Rights Missing From Election Debate – May 16, 2011
The precarious state of property rights protection was largely ignored during this recent election campaign despite the central importance of them in creating national prosperity.