Nation Rebuilding Series - Volume 5


Financing Autonomy: Limits and Opportunities within Existing Funding Arrangements

November 2022 | Dr. ken Coates

In the pursuit of socioeconomic prosperity, there are funding options that First Nations can utilize. However, as this paper outlines, there are considerable drawbacks and gaps in existing funding programs for communities that are looking to rebuild. Even in areas where funding can be secured for parts of the rebuild process, the programs tapped rarely align directly with Indigenous needs and carry substantial opportunity costs for the First Nations. Modern treaties, specific claims settlements, and financial agreements arising from legal challenges have, on the other hand, been more effective in achieving change.


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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 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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