There is almost universal consensus on what is required to support a more sustainable northern economy—infrastructure. There is considerable disagreement, however, about how to get government and industry to invest in the necessary economic infrastructure and how best to finance and sustain that infrastructure.
Since 1988, many First Nations have been advancing a strategy to expand their fiscal and land jurisdictions to grow their economies, so they have more revenues to build economic infrastructure. This work resulted in the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) and the First Nations Lands Management Act (FNLMA). To implement these new jurisdictions effectively, the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics was created to develop original curriculum for three new university accredited programs in First Nation Tax Administration, Applied Economics and Lands Management.
Important lessons have emerged from the growth of the FMA, FNLMA and Tulo Centre that may help viable projects in the north move from the infrastructure business case to infrastructure projects. These lessons will be the focus of this recorded webinar.