Strengthening Governance


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Governance forms how people choose to organize, share power, set priorities, get things done, and how those decisions are made and who is accountable; it requires processes, structures, tradition, and rules to be in place. Governance gives a First Nation the ways and means to achieve the things that matter to them. Reconstructing your governance is self-determination in action and a powerful predictor of success in economic and community development.


First Nation governance includes 10 core functions that are the foundation upon which all other functions are built. 


  1. Leadership
  2. Membership
  3. Planning and Risk Management
  4. Community Involvement
  5. Law-Making
  6. Financial Management
  7. Human Resource Management
  8. Information Management and Information Technology
  9. External Relationships
  10. Basic Administration


Strengthening Governance work will be based on using an Indigenous lens and utilizing the 10 core functions of governance, First Nations can enhance their ability to make informed decisions, address community needs, and achieve their goals. This comprehensive approach recognizes the interconnectedness of all aspects of governance and the importance of balancing the needs and aspirations of the community with external relationships and basic administrative tasks. Ultimately, strengthening governance is essential for achieving success in economic and community development for First Nations.