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Building stability into BC First Nations economies: the role of governance and community

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First Nations economic development is widely understood to be a means to achieving self-sufficiency and self-determination. However, existing literature does not adequately address unique challenges and opportunities of remote First Nations in British Columbia. The study focuses on governance policy at the First Nation level to foster strategic alignment of institutions and community engagement. Findings suggest that governance institutions such as the band council and economic development corporation must be strategically aligned to best capitalize on development projects within their respective territory. More importantly, sustainable economic development hinges on community support for development projects. This study argues that community support is best achieved through rigorous reporting and performance measures by the economic development corporation.
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