The Significance of Building Leadership and Community Capacity to Implement Self- Government; an article out of Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada: Current Trends and Issues, 3rd Edition. Written by Brian Calliou of the Banff Centre Aboriginal Leadership and Management Program. This article discusses how establishing a self-government for Aboriginal peoples is a major time consuming issue and the variety of approaches that Aboriginal leaders can and do take to establish a self-government without the help of the Federal Government.
In the beginning of this article, Brian Calliou, states that the global certainly affects the local. I believe this statement to be true. With the economy rapidly growing and enhancing technologically, I agree with Brian that the Aboriginal peoples need to build their knowledge and keep up with the current trends and times in order for them to properly function in today’s society. I too believe that it is important that the Aboriginal leaders also keep up with current trends in order to properly communicate with the upper levels of the Federal government. I found it to be very respectful that he states that the Aboriginal leaders “need not disregard their traditional principles but rather reconcile the modern tools with their cultural needs” by saying this he is not dismissing their beliefs and telling them that they need to conform, instead it is more of a compromise, as there needs to be in every relationship, to help per sway them to keep up with the economy.
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Another point in the article that stood out to me was that the federal government negotiates self-government agreements according to a particular policy approach and framework that results in a restricted delegation of federal powers. The Aboriginal communities feel that these policies and frameworks are too restrictive and argue that they have an inherent right to self-govern their communities based on their original sovereignty. I feel as though by the Aboriginal people saying that they have an “inherent right” to self-govern their communities they are disregarding regulations and policies that have been set in place for everyone else to follow. To me, it says that they feel that they should be entitled to this option without having to go through the loops of the federal government, which I disagree with and feel that they should have to go through the same process as everyone else that lives under the federal government of Canada. However, Aboriginal community leaders have a hard time trying to explain and implement their version of the “inherent right” to self-govern and end up negotiating self-government agreements.
Due to the very time consuming process of implementing self-government, many Aboriginal leader have become frustrated and have taken a pragmatic or business approach as opposed to the rights-based approach. The rights based approach touches issues such as; extinguishment of existing rights, jurisdictional space, and resource control; it takes a lot of time and the process is slowed due to all of the legal consequences. Whereas the business approaches, has been very successful in achieving economic success that has resulted in generating wealth to create their own source of revenue instead of relying on the federal government to help with their economic resources. The Aboriginal leaders, who do decide to go down this path, use modern business management tools and set a vision to be self-governing and do not depend on
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outside agencies to help fund them. Instead, they set out to build institutions, system structures, processes, controls, and measure mechanisms. They set up human resources that are needed to run self-government smoothly and establish community owned businesses through economic development corporations that are free of operating under political interference. I think that this is a great process for Aboriginal leaders to reach their ideal of running self-government in their communities and not have to deal with the long and drug out process of going the rights based approach. By taking a pragmatic approach, they are showing that they are serious and become very involved with the community. They are working hard for what they want to achieve and I think that it is important to work hard in order to achieve the best possible outcome. This process allows them to set up structures and processes that provide jobs and wealth for the community and they self-generated revenue is reinvested back into the community for such things as social programs, infrastructure, and cultural ad language revitalization. Not only are they working hard to build a successful self-governing community but they are giving back to it as well, which shows that they are serious about building and maintaining a successful community. This is also a sense of independence and achievement to Aboriginal people and leaders as they are achieving a truer form of self-governing and are not dependent on government transfer payments as they once were.
I have touched on the Aboriginal peoples having to keep up with current trends and economic changes, stated my opinion on the “inherent right” process, and discussed the
very time consuming process of implementing a self-governing community and the steps
that can be taken to bypass this long and drooling process to achieve a successful self-government in an Aboriginal community. I feel that it is safe to say that I agree with some of the points that Brian Calliou critical response to Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada touches on. I strongly believe in human rights and feel that if a leader is willing to take on the responsibilities and necessary steps and precautions to build a successful self-governing community that they deserve the right to do so.
The Report on Every Member of Society Should Be Required Before the Age of 21 to Perform at Least 1 Year of Community or Government Service.
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