A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada

A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous-Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada

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By Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles
IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
World Rights
184 Pages
ISBN 9781442631144
Published Jul 2016
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Much of the coverage surrounding the relationship between Indigenous communities and the Crown in Canada has focused on the federal, provincial, and territorial governments. Yet it is at the local level where some of the most important and significant partnerships are being made between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

In A Quiet Evolution, Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles look closely at hundreds of agreements from across Canada and at four case studies drawn from Ontario, Quebec, and Yukon Territory to explore relationships between Indigenous and local governments. By analyzing the various ways in which they work together, the authors provide an original, transferable framework for studying any type of intergovernmental partnership at the local level. Timely and accessible, A Quiet Evolution is a call to politicians, policymakers and citizens alike to encourage Indigenous and local governments to work towards mutually beneficial partnerships.

Christopher Alcantara is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Western University.

Jen Nelles is a visiting associate professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College.






Chapter 1: Indigenous – Local Agreements in Canada: An Analysis of Regional and Historical Trends

Chapter 2: The Roots of Collective Action: A Theoretical Framework

Chapter 3: Business as Usual: Sault Ste. Marie, Garden River and Batchewana

Chapter 4: Strong Synergy: Village of Teslin and Teslin Tlingit Council

Chapter 5: In the Loop: Village of Haines Junction and Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Chapter 6: Agreement Centred: Regional Municipality of Les Basques and Malécite de Viger First Nations




“This book tells an important and compelling story about how Indigenous and local governments in Canada are quietly working together to improve their communities, coordinate their policies, and jointly manage their programs, services, and mutual interests.  While most commentators focus on federal and provincial relations, Alcantara and Nelles show that it is at the local level where some of the most fruitful dialogue and cooperative partnerships are occurring between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.  A Quiet Evolution is a must read for political leaders, policymakers, and everyday citizens who want practical yet transformative strategies for improving Indigenous–Canadian relations.”

The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada and founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative

“A Quite Evolution is not responding to public whims or political rhetoric. Christopher Alcantara and Jen Nelles have the insight and perception necessary to look beyond the headlines and to see the potential for collaboration across the country.”

Ken Coates, School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

‘This is a fine systematic study of a ‘quiet’ process – emergence of partnerships between First Nations and local governments – which may be useful in other countries such as the US (in states with reservations) and Australia…. Highly recommended.’

G.A. McBeath, Choice Magazine vol 54:05:2017