Federalism and the First Nations: Making Space for First Nations’ Self-Determination in the Federal Inherent Right Policy

This paper argues that federal and provincial governments renew their self-government policies to give meaning to the inherent right of First Nations to self-government.  The authors suggest that First-Nations’ self-government is a key and complementary principle to the Canadian constitution. It recommends that both the federal and provincial governments renew their policies on Aboriginal self-determination to reflect existing commonality on issues such as social, institutional and democratic control for First Nations.