Distinguished Research Professor and Chancellor’s Professor Emerita
Circumpolar political economy, Aboriginal-Canada relations, northern development policy, public participation and democracy
- Appointment to Order of Canada, 2022
- School of Public Policy and Administration Student Society Most Valued Professor Award, 2021
- Research and Academic Impact Award, Carleton University, 2014
- Pierre De Celles Institute of Public Administration of Canada Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration, 2014.
- Carleton University Research Achievement Award, 2010.
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for leadership in education and research, 2002.
Former Academic Director of 3CI
Former Chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Canadian Polar Commission
“Project Director, Rebuilding First Nations Governance”
Deputy director of research for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Chancellor’s Professor Frances Abele honoured with appointment to the Order of Canada
Tyrone Burke, July 12, 2022 Photo credit: Lindsay Ralph The Mackenzie River delta is rich in natural gas, and in the early 1970s, the federal government and fossil fuel companies proposed a pipeline to bring that resource south to North American energy markets. The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline would have traversed lands that have sustained... More
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Around a Sacred Fire: Indigenous Youth and Medicine People Connect for Change
“You are skiy’ze — young future leaders who are coming up,” said Satsan (Herb George), one of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs of the Frog Clan, at the inaugural gathering of the Inherent Rights Youth Initiative (IRYI) in October 2021. Satsan is the president of the Centre for First Nations Governance (CFNG) and a project... More
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Frances Abele: Collaborator on the Ărramăt Project
Joseph Mathieu, January 18, 2022 The Ărramăt Project: Reconnecting Indigenous Well-Being & Biodiversity Although Indigenous Peoples make up only five per cent of the planet’s population, approximately 80 per cent of Earth’s biodiversity is located within their traditional territories. However, a decline in global biodiversity due to... More
Project Director for Rebuilding First Nations Governance project
The Rebuilding First Nations Governance project’s aim is to support First Nations that have made the decision to transition from the Indian Act to their own inherent rights governance. Frances’ team of researchers are responsible for exploring governance changes for the numbered treaties communities.
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Theme Co-Lead for Treaty Financing and Fiscal Relationships
“Treaty implementation funding should account for Indigenous authorities’ desire to create sustainable and resilient economic and social development communities. In recent years, Canada has embarked on two different processes to develop a financing policy: an indication of the complexity and importance of financing for effective implementation. Financing agreements, taxation agreements, own source revenues, resource royalties, and fiscal policies of treaty partners as well as institutional approaches and capacity to engage with Indigenous governments will be analyzed through Indigenous lenses.”
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Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic
Over the past thirty years we have witnessed a demand for resources such as minerals, oil, and gas, which is only set to increase. This book examines the relationship between Arctic communities and extractive resource development.
With insights from leading thinkers in the field, the book examines this relationship to better understand what, if anything, can be done in order for the development of non-renewable resources to be of benefit to the long-term sustainability of these communities. The contributions synthesize circumpolar research on the topic of resource extraction in the Arctic, and highlight areas that need further investigation, such as the ability of northern communities to properly use current regulatory processes, fiscal arrangements, and benefit agreements to ensure the long-term sustainability of their culture communities and to avoid a new path dependency
This book provides an insightful summary of issues surrounding resource extraction in the Arctic, and will be essential reading for anyone interested in environmental impact assessments, globalization and Indigenous communities, and the future of the Arctic region.
Care, Cooperation, and Activism: Cases from the Northern Social Economy
People across Canada’s North have created vibrant community institutions to serve a wide range of social and economic needs. Neither state-driven nor profit-oriented, these organizations form a relatively under-studied third sector of the economy. Researchers from the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada explore this sector through fifteen case studies, encompassing artistic, recreational, cultural, political, business, and economic development organizations that are crucial to the health and vitality of their communities. Care, Cooperation and Activism in Canada’s Northern Social Economy shows the innovative diversity and utter necessity of home-grown institutions in communities across Labrador, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. Readers, researchers, and students interested in social economy, Aboriginal studies, and northern communities will find much to enjoy and value in this book.
Northern Exposure: Peoples, Powers and Prospects in Canada’s North
The North is an increasingly important focal point of public policy. The impact of climate change on the environment and community life underlines the urgent need for measures to slow this trend and facilitate adaptation to uncertain conditions. International events have underlined the importance of safeguarding Canada’s sovereignty in its Arctic regions, and the federal government has announced a series of measures to further this objective.
The result of a wide-ranging IRPP research program, this multidisciplinary volume explores the following themes: Canada in the circumpolar world – environmental, scientific and foreign-policy dimensions; First Nations, Inuit and public governance; economic development – enterprise, sustainable development and communities; sustaining people – education and human capital; and developing a northern policy for the future. Public policy specialists review the implications of the unprecedented changes in governance that have taken place in the three territories and in Aboriginal communities in northern Quebec and Labrador over the past three decades and analyze challenges that must be faced in order to strengthen economic development and quality of life for northern residents. Contributions from Inuit and First Nations leaders, former territorial premiers, and Aboriginal youth activists add further depth and perspective.
How Ottawa Spends, 1992-1993: The Politics of Competitiveness
This volume is the thirteenth in the series on federal government spending and policy performance compiled by Carleton University’s School of Public Administration. This year’s edition considers the politics of competitiveness – the ways in which international forces and trends pose particular challenges to federal policy makers. Articles are provided by experts on a variety of topics, including staff relations under the Tories, federal attempts to grapple with unemployment and the changing global economy, the evolving relationship between the Department of Finance and the Bank of Canada, changes in the funding of health care, the governance of the national capital, as well as federal attention to policies for the disabled and the Canadian AIDS policy. Also addressed are the Conservatives’ centerpiece environmental program, the Green Plan and regulation to broadcasting in the face of major technological advances.
Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition: Charting Sustainable Development 1987-2027
This volume is the twelfth in the series on federal government spending and policy performance compiled by Carleton University’s School of Public Administration. This edition assesses the future of Canada in the post-Meech, post-free trade era. Four articles concentrate on the increasing fragmentation of Canada after the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, and each of the others ponders various topics in the context of an era when the nature of the federation seems very much in questions.
Authors from western Canada, the Atlantic region and Quebec explore the changing political landscapes in their areas, while others consider the shifting realities in aboriginal-state relations. Abortion, race relations, federal grants to interest groups, benefits to the elderly, and telecommunications policy are all reviewed as aspects of the “mature” agenda of the Progressive Conservative party in power. Taken as a group, these articles provide a multifaceted and sometimes surprising evaluation of government performance.
Soliloquy and dialogue : overview of major trends in public policy relating to aboriginal peoples
This book explores the foundations and characteristics of public policy discourse on Aboriginal affairs in Canada between publication of the two volumes of H. B. Hawthorn’s “Survey of the Contemporary Indian of Canada” (the Hawthorn report) in 1966 and 1967 and establishment of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in 1991. Its primary sources are 222 documents prepared by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and governments over this period. Our focus in analyzing these documents was to trace the evolution of policy discussions and debates in four key areas: lands and resources, governance, criminal justice, and education.
In Gathering Strength, the final report of the Native Employment Training Study, author Frances Abele analyses training programs for Native people in the Northwest Territories. She skillfully blends what Native people themselves have to say about the adequacy of the training opportunities available to them with insights drawn from an eclectic mixture of disciplines. Based upon research conducted by both Native and non-Native people, the book offers a concrete examination of seven different approaches to training Native People for wage employment. Combining this research with information about the training needs identified by Native peoples in the Northwest Territories, the author concludes with recommendations about training policy, funding, control, and techniques. Both the analysis and recommendations are situated in the context of the history of colonization of the North by non-indigenous peoples and Native peoples’ struggle for decolonization and self-determination.
- April 21, 2021
CU Research Helps Convince Ottawa to Support Black Communities in Federal Budget
- March 29, 2021
Rebuilding First Nations Governance
- March 20, 2021
Carleton partners in Major National Project to Rebuild First Nations Governance
- March 15, 2021
Building Community In Difficult Circumstances
- March 8, 2021
Celebrating Carleton Leaders on International Women’s Day
- March 7, 2021
Celebrating Carleton Leaders on International Women’s Day
- December 15, 2020
Battle brewing over UNDRIP: A primer on government Bill C-15 (APTN News)
- December 7, 2020
Carleton Research Funds Show Rapid Growth As Researchers Shine Internationally
- October 7, 2020
$2.5 Million in New SSHRC Funding to Help Support Indigenous Drive to Self-governance.
- August 31, 2020
New SSHRC award provides $2.5 million to support Indigenous drive to self-governance.
- August 17, 2020
Frances Abele Receives SSHRC Funding to Investigate Transforming the Indian Act
- November 7, 2019
Prof. Frances Abele’s Research Featured In Fass Stories
Laying the Foundation
- April 9, 2019
Building a roadmap for Canada’s North
- July 27, 2018
Partnerships Receive SSHRC Award Support
- March 26, 2018
Panels compromised under environmental assessment bill (IRPP / Policy options)
- November 14, 2017
Strengthening Environmental review of major projects (IRPP / Policy options)
- November 8, 2017
Carleton Contributes to Major Report on Using Vast Low Carbon Energy Resources for Major New Economic Engine
- March 3, 2017
Film “My Father’s Land” Draws Large Crowd to Visions For Canada Conference
- November 17, 2014
A Centre for Indigenous Scholarship
- December 21, 2010
What Does the future hold for Canada’s First Nations (The Globe and Mail)
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