Nation Rebuilding Series - Volume 3


Urban Reserves in the context of Sustainable First Nation Prosperity

November 2022 | Dr. ken Coates

For First Nation communities that do not have ready access to the city environments that now dominate job creation and economic opportunity in Canada, are urban reserves the answer? This paper explores the historic relationship between the development of reserves and the economic health of First Nations, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of urban reserves.


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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 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 11- Local Roads that Last

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

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