Transitional Governance Project Think Tank, 2017

The inaugural Transitional Governance Think Tank was held October 3-5, 2017 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. The Think Tank formally engaged long-time project collaborators Chris Robertson and Len Hartley from the Centre for First Nations Governance (CFNG). The event combined presentations by experts and community representatives with open dialogue among more than 50 participants. The Think Tank culminated in an Open Space exercise where participants and presenters reflected on each of the CFNG’s 5 Pillars of the Inherent Right to Self-government (the people, laws and jurisdiction, the land, governance, and resources) to identify key transitional challenges and opportunities.

Financial support for the Transitional Governance Think Tank came from several sources, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connections Grant (awarded Summer 2017), the Institute for Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), and the generous contributions of the three founding participants of the Transitional Governance Project: the Lil’wat Nation, the Council of the Haida Nation, and Mi’gmawei Mawiomi.