Skip to main content

Aboriginal self-government, extra-territorial powers, and the BC treaty process

Date created
British Columbia has pursued a land-based jurisdictional model since the province became engaged in negotiating treaties with BC First Nations. This approach recognises a Treaty First Nation’s right to exercise law-making authority over a defined land-base but not beyond it. Because a substantial number of First Nation members reside off-territory, this territorial approach has created governance problems beginning with a policy distinction based on residency, but which also includes jurisdictional, funding, and servicing gaps, as well as socio-cultural challenges associated with being dislocated from one’s nation of origin. Emphasising efforts to alleviate the servicing gap, a jurisdictional scan of current practices, stakeholder interviews, and a review of the literature regarding indigenous governance practices and minority rights within pluralistic societies are used to devise a funding strategy and determine policy alternatives for improving and expanding extra-territorial service delivery. The alternatives are evaluated using a multiple-criteria analysis, and a recommendation is made.
Copyright statement
Copyright is held by the author.
The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
Scholarly level
Member of collection
Download file Size
etd7739_JCousins.pdf 1.33 MB

Views & downloads - as of June 2023

Views: 20
Downloads: 2