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Frances D. Abele

Circumpolar political economy, Aboriginal-Canada relations, northern development policy, public participation and democracy

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2553
Email:frances.abele@carleton.ca
Office:5209 River Building
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Professor
Graduate Supervisor, Indigenous Policy and Administration

Teaching Concentration: Policy Analysis
Courses Taught: Research Methods and Design, Foundations of Policy Analysis, Aboriginal Policy, Arctic Policy

Frances Abele is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, Academic Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Fellow of the Centre for Governance and Public Management, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.  She is adjunct professor in the doctoral program in Indigenous Studies at Trent University.  Dr. Abele is a former director of the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton. During1992-96, she was seconded to the research directorate at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, where she was responsible for research and policy on the North and some of the Commission’s work on governance.

A political scientist born in Alberta, Dr. Abele attended the University of Calgary, University of Toronto and York University. She has worked with Indigenous peoples all over Canada and in some parts of the circumpolar Arctic for most of her career. Her research has focused on northern economic and political development, Aboriginal self-government, policy and programs important to Aboriginal people living in cities, policy and program evaluation, qualitative research and citizen engagement. Besides her academic publications, Abele has published research reports with the National Centre for First Nations Governance, Canadian Policy Research Networks, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.  She is currently a member of the editorial boards of three academic journals: Arctic, Aboriginal Policy Studies, and Canadian Public Administration.

Current Research

Dr. Abele is currently following two broad lines of research, both SSHRC-funded. The first aims to understand the past, present and future of northern political and economic development and particularly to build upon this to define options for sustainable development to enhance the wellbeing of northern communities in Canada and in other circumpolar nations. This research program has a number of interlinked strands, including a study of the role of the state in the developing northern social economy and a project to define medium-term economic development options that are alternative to reliance upon project-by-project decision-making. An  important recent project has been a partnership with Igloolik and other Nunavut communities,  IsumaTV, and other researchers, to build a digital, interactive, bilingual network among researchers and community members to ensure that the latter have access to the knowledge they require to make pending decisions about their future. This initiative in research and research dissemination for community development is called the Baffin Environmental Assessment Community Empowerment Network (BEACEN).

Abele’s second line of research focuses on the Canadian federation and Indigenous self-government, examining how the federation does and does not foster the promise of the various negotiated agreements concerning self-government that now exist. She is particularly interested in the implications of all of this for Canadian cities and the Indigenous people who live in them.

Recent Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Frances Abele and Katherine Graham. 2011. “What Now? Future Federal Responsibilities Towards Aboriginal People Living in Cities” aboriginal policy studies vol 1 n 1 spring 2011.
  • Frances Abele. 2009. “The State and the Northern Social Economy: Research Prospects” The Northern Review No. 30 (Spring) pp 37-58.
  • Frances Abele and Thierry Rodon. 2007. “Inuit Diplomacy in the Global Era: The Strengths of Multilateral Internationalism” Canadian Foreign Policy 13:3 Spring.
  • Frances Abele and Michael J. Prince. 2006. “Four Pathways to Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada” American Review of Canadian Studies 36:4 pp 568-597 Winter 2006.
  • Judith Madill and Frances Abele. 2005. “From Public Education to Social Marketing: The Evolution of the Canadian Heritage Anti-Racism Social Marketing Program” Journal of Non Profit and Public Sector Marketing 17 (1/2).
  • Frances Abele. 2004. “Kanadskii opyt uluchsheniia polozeniia korennykh narodov na rynke truda,” (Canadian experience in improving the position of native peoples in the labour market), Region: Ekonomika i sotsiologiia The Region: Economics and Sociology, no. 4, pp. 200-211.

Edited Book

  • Frances Abele, Tom Courchene, France St. Hilaire, and Leslie Seidle (eds). 2009 Northern Exposure: Powers, Peoples and Projects. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Book Chapters

  • Frances Abele, Russell LaPointe, David Leech, and Michael McCrowwan.  In Press (2011). “Four Ways to See It: Aboriginal People and Public Policy in Selected Ontario Cities” in Evelyn Peters, ed. Fields of Governance #5:  Urban Aboriginal Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Frances Abele and Katherine Graham. In Press 2011.“Federal Urban Aboriginal Policy: The Challenge of Viewing the Stars in the Urban Night Sky” in Evelyn Peters, ed. Fields of Governance #5:  Urban Aboriginal Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Frances Abele. In Press 2011. “Use it or Lose it? The Conservatives’ Northern Strategy” in Bruce Doern and Chris Stoney, eds.  How Ottawa Spends 2011-12. McGill-University Press.
  • Frances Abele and Senada Delic. 2010. “Aboriginal Workers and the Recession” in G. Bruce Doern and Chris Stoney, eds. How Ottawa Spends 2009-2010. Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. 163-192.
  • Frances Abele. 2009. “Northern Development: Past, Present and Future” in Frances Abele, Tom Courchene, France St. Hilaire, Leslie Seidle, eds. Northern Exposure: Powers, Peoples and Projects. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, pp 19-65.
  • Frances Abele, Tom Courchene, France St. Hilaire, and Leslie Seidle. 2009. “The New Northern Policy Universe” in Frances Abele, Tom Courchene, France St. Hilaire, Leslie Seidle, eds. Northern Exposure: Powers, Peoples and Projects. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, pp 561-594.
  • Frances Abele and Thierry Rodon. 2008. “Coming in from the Cold: Inuit Diplomacy and Global Citizenship” in J. Marshall Beier, ed. Indigenous Diplomacy Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Frances Abele and Michael J. Prince. 2008. “A Little Imagination Required: How Canada Funds Territorial and Northern Aboriginal Governments” in Allan Maslove, ed. How Ottawa Spends 2008-09: A More Orderly Federalism? Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Frances Abele and Michael J. Prince. 2008. “The Future of Fiscal Federalism: Funding Regimes for Aboriginal Self-Government” in Yale Belanger, Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada. Saskatoon: Purich Publishers.
  • Judith Madill and Frances Abele. 2007. “The Evolution of the March 21 Anti-Racism Social Marketing Program: A Case” in Hastings, G., ed. Social Marketing, London: Elsevier.
  • Frances Abele. 2007. “Beyond the Blue Horizon: Northern Development Policy in the Mulroney Years” in Raymond Blake, ed. Examining the Legacy: The Era of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.  McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Frances Abele. 2006. “Indigenous People in the Cities of Northern Canada: The Importance of the Rural  Economic Base” in Peter Solomon, ed New Actors in Northern Federations: Cities, Mergers, and Aboriginal Governance in Russia and Canada. Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto.
  • Frances Abele. 2006 “Between Respect and Control: Traditional Indigenous Knowledge in Canadian Public Policy” in Michael Orsini and Miriam Smith, eds. Critical Policy Studies: Contemporary Canadian Approaches. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Frances Abele and Michael J. Prince. 2006. “Constructing Political Spaces for Aboriginal Communities in Canada” in Ian Peach, ed. Constructing Tomorrow’s Federalism: New Routes to Effective Governance. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.
  • Frances Abele, Russell LaPointe and Michael J. Prince. 2005. “Symbolism, Surfacing, Succession and Substance: Martin’s Aboriginal Policy Style” in Bruce Doern, ed. How Ottawa Spends 2005-06 Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp.99-120.
  • Frances Abele. 2005. “The Smartest Steward? Indigenous People and Petroleum-Based Economic Development in Canada’s North” in G. Bruce Doern, ed. Canadian Energy Policy and the Struggle for Sustainable Development. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp.223-245.
  • Michael J. Prince and Frances Abele. 2005. Paying for Self-Determination: Aboriginal Peoples, Self-Government and Fiscal Relations in Canada in Michael Murphy, ed. Reconfiguring Aboriginal-State Relations, Canada: The State of the Federation 2003. Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, 237-263.
  • Frances Abele. 2005. “Belonging in the New World: Imperialism, Property and Citizenship” in Gerald Kernerman and Philip Resnick, eds. Insiders and Outsiders: Essays In Honour of Alan C. Cairns. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 213-226.

Technical Papers

  • Frances Abele and Katherine Graham. 2010. Literature Review: Bilingual Education. Prepared for the National Committee on Inuit Education.
  • Frances Abele and Katherine Graham. 2010. Literature Review: Building Post-Secondary Success. Prepared for the National Committee on Inuit Education.
  • Frances Abele and Katherine Graham. 2010. Literature Review: Inuit-Centred Education. Prepared for the National Committee on Inuit Education.
  • Frances Abele. 2007. Like An Ill-Fitting Boot: Government, Governance and Management Systems in the Contemporary Indian Act. National Centre on First Nations Governance.
  • Frances Abele. 2006. The Feasibility of a Northern Policy Research Institution Consultation and Report for the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. 2006
  • Frances Abele, Katherine Graham, Alex Ker, Craig Brown, and Chris Stoney. 2005. First Nations Governance Pilot Projects: Challenge and Innovation. Volume 1 and 2. Carleton Centre for Community Innovation for the National Centre for First Nations Governance, 200 pages. Web-published at http://www.fngovernance.org
  • Frances Abele. 2004. Aboriginal Peoples and a New Social Architecture for Canada’s 21st Century.  Canadian Policy Research Networks. Web-published at http://www.cprn.com

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