Governance Workshop

Program Description

Governance comprises all of the processes of governing – whether undertaken by the government of a community or business over a social system (family, tribe, clan, formal, informal organization or territory) and whether through the laws, policies, power, language, traditions or societal norms of an organized society. It relates to "the processes of interaction and decision-making among those involved in a collective problem that lead to the creation, reinforcement, or reproduction of social norms and institutions. In lay terms, it could be described as the political processes that exist in and between formal institutions.

In the indigenous context, the Federal government enacted the Indian Act in 1876 that directs how First Nations manage themselves. The Act caused many issues for Indigenous members and communities by introducing a European-style of governance. This resulted in First Nations having to adapt to a new model of doing things and not being able to govern using centuries old systems that worked. This has created a great deal of difficulties for First Nation communities and members.


Depending on the detail required from the community this workshop can be anywhere from 1-3 days in duration.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Introduces the history of governance through the ages, especially since colonization
  • Identifies different models of governance
  • Defines what a conflict of interest is
  • Defines what an elected official can and cannot do within legal and regulatory rules
  • Identifies the protocols for effective board meetings to meet its legal obligations
  • Provides different tools to deal with problems, issues, plans and informed decision-making
  • Demonstrates the relationship between leadership and governance
  • Identifies the parameters for accountability, and ethical decision-making