Why We Do It

The current legal and economic landscape is creating both opportunities and challenges for First Nations faced with important issues such as development, self-governance or resource development. First Nations put forth significant effort and resources to negotiate agreements with government and the private sector. The absence of a rigorous strategy for communicating about the process with members can create significant challenges – both practical and legal. Blockades at polling stations and legal challenges to ratified agreements are just two examples of risks that can be managed with an early commitment to communicate with members and a transparent ratification process.

We find that First Nations are relatively well serviced in the area of negotiations, but implementation - such as connecting members to opportunities - continues to be a challenge. Ultimately we do what we do because we’re convinced that comprehensive, effective communication and engagement and capacity building are at the core of achieving long-term positive change within First Nations.