Indigenous Relationships to Land
Intergovernmental Relations and Multilevel Governance
Treaty Financing and Fiscal Relationships
Implementation Evaluation and Socio-Economic Impacts
Indigenous and Settler Legal Systems

Edited Volume: Best Practices Implementing Modern Treaties in Canada - National Research Project

Research Theme: All/Project Lead

How are LCAC members implementing their treaties to reflect their unique cultures, circumstances, and treaty understandings? Indigenous governments in Canada have developed innovative, creative, high quality programs, services, and processes to implement modern treaties.

The Modern Treaties Implementation Research Project Principal Investigator Dr. Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox and Lands Co-Lead Dr. John B Zoe are editing a book about ways that LCAC members are implementing Treaties.  The book will prioritize and amplify Indigenous government and practitioner voices. It will consist of chapters co/written by LCAC practitioners about their best practices and innovations in Treaty implementation. The research team is undertaking research of publicly available information and academic literature to assist practitioners with the development of chapters, and offer any other assistance requested. Current work is focused on best practices from the perspectives of the following Indigenous governments:

  • Gwich'in Tribal Council
  • Land Claims Agreement Coalition
  • Nisga'a Lisims Government
  • Tł ̨ıcho Government
  • Tsawwassen First Nation

We hope to have all LCAC member governments contribute to this volume, and look forward to working with LCAC members to produce an amazing compendium of best practices in Treaty Implementation as a valuable resource to LCAC members, negotiating nations, and for educating future generations. It is expected that this volume will attract national and international attention as a significant contribution to the academic and practitioner knowledge about treaty implementation in Canada. Assistance with writing, and with documenting creative approaches to showcasing unique programs of LCAC members governments, will be provided.

Interviews are underway and will continue through 2022. This project is approved by Carleton University. Contributors and their organizations will be provided with draft letters of consent, which must be completed to participate. Interview guides and information gathered by the team about each organization’s unique chapter focus will be provided. The research team will work collaboratively with each interview participant to develop chapters for inclusion, and to ensure that participating organizations retain control of their research data, and that the research will also contribute to their internal use as desired.