General Resources on Aboriginal People and Policy

Aboriginal Canada Portal
The Aboriginal Canada Portal is a window to First Nations, Métis and Inuit online resources and government programs and services, as well as policy, research and statistics.

Aboriginal Quality of Life
This series of studies from the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) examines recent innovations in public policies, programs and partnerships in a number of policy sectors that are particularly relevant to Aboriginal people. The studies will be situated within the broader context of the quality of life of Aboriginal people, including historical and constitutional factors.

Assembly of First Nations: Policy Areas
The Assembly of First Nations produces policy research, fact sheets and position statements on a host of issues, from water, fisheries and environment issues to justice and treaty issues to health, education and other social policy areas.

Inuit Knowledge Centre
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s national Inuit political organization, approved a three year Strategic Plan that envisions the creation of an Inuit Centre for Knowledge and Change.  In shifting toward a more Inuit directed research agenda, and as an interim step, ITK has pooled their existing research under this portion of their website.

National Association of Friendship Centres: Policy, Research Papers and Resources
As part of its role as a central unifying body for the Friendship Centre Movement, the Association produces policy research and other resources of use to public decision makers and other interested members of the public.

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
The Commission’s 1996 report is a seminal account of the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people that is a central facet of Canada’s heritage; of the distortion of that relationship over time; and of the terrible consequences of distortion for Aboriginal people – loss of lands, power and self-respect.  The report outlines many recommendations which were intended to serve as a foundations of a fair and honourable relationship between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of Canada.  The Assembly of First Nations has recently completed a Report Card on the Commission’s recommendations, 10 years on.