2022 Lawmaking for Nation Rebuilding Think Tank

How First Nations are reclaiming their right to self-government by making their own laws Written by Ben Sylvestre

In addition to this article, RFNG is producing a range of in-depth case studies based on its Spring 2022 Lawmaking Workshop to be released over the coming weeks. To view all currently available entries in this series, please go to our publications page.


New Publication!

Chapter 20: How First Nations are Transforming Public Policy through the Courts Written by Satsan (Herb George), Kent McNeil, Frances Abele, from E. Lindquist, M. Howlett, G. Skogstad, G. Tellier, P. ‘t Hart. eds. Policy Success in Canada: Cases, Lessons, Challenges. Oxford University Press, 2022.


RFNG Co-Director Frances Abele appointed to the Order of Canada

The Rebuilding First Nations Governance Project’s co-director Frances Abele has been appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to public policy as a leading scholar of northern and Indigenous political development.

Press Release – Frances Abele appointed to the Order of Canada


Five Linguistic Methods for Revitalizing Indigenous Laws

McGill Law Journal, Forthcoming

Naoimi Metallic, RFNG collaborator, Assistant Professor of Law, and Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy at Dalhousie University provides a personal and inspiring look at how Indigenous languages can inform the development and implementation of Indigenous legal orders. Reflecting on her own personal journey to learn her Mìgmaq language combined with her expertise as a legal scholar, she argues in this draft article there are many ways even non-speakers can “unlock the treasures to be found in Indigenous languages.” https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4099156


Wondering what we’ve been up to and what the plans are for the months ahead?  Take a quick break and read our Winter Update 2022