New Frontiers (pun intended)

Aug 1, 2015

As of March 1, 2015, I became Chair of Aboriginal Futures with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.  My first paper for the Frontier Centre was on resource-revenue sharing, available on this website.  I'm now working on a study of compensation for chief and council, using the dtata that are now available under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.  The study explores some of the reasons why compensation is so high and there is so much variation, and makes some recommendations for reform.  Once that is done, I will link the compensation data to the new Aboriginal Governance Index developed earlier this year by Frontier Centre staff, and to the latest Community Well-being Index scores based on the 2011 census.  One of the questions to be addressed is whether high pay for chief and council leads to better outcomes.  Preliminary indications are that higher pay is actually counterproductive.  Stay tuned.

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