Nation Rebuilding Series - Volume 11


Local Roads that Last

November 2022 | Mercedes Labelle  and Mateo Orrantia

There are various cases of ‘basic build infrastructure’ on reserves, whereby a blanket approach to infrastructure funding, design and construction without accounting for a community’s unique needs and circumstances is utilized. Given that successful infrastructure development goes hand-in-hand with economic and social success, this paper analyzes Indigenous and non-Indigenous case studies on transportation infrastructure and provides practices to implement and those to avoid.


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This paper is a part of the Nation rebuilding Series. The series consists of 12 volumes which demonstrate that, to rebuild successfully, these nations must have a foundation of sustainable economic prosperity.

Related Research:

Volume 1 - Rebuilding First Nations Through Sustainable Prosperity

Volume 2 - A Brief History and Potential Future Vision for Additions to Reserves

Volume 3 - Urban Reserves in the context of Sustainable First Nation Prosperity

Volume 4 - The Decision-Making Process Behind Urban Reserve Development

Volume 5 - Financing Autonomy: Limits and Opportunities within Existing Funding Arrangements

Volume 6 -  Options for Indigenous Economic Empowerment and Prosperity

Volume 7 - A House Should be a Home

Volume 8 - Energy Can be Innovating

Volume 9 - Water, Water can be Everywhere

Volume 10 - Welcoming Public Spaces

Volume 12 - Financing Infrastructure is not a one-time grant

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