Roles & Responsibilities of Boards of Directors of Aboriginal Economic Development Organizations


The leaders of Aboriginal communities face many trying problems and issues. They must deal with shortages of skilled labour, lack of capital and markets, and a lack of control over the local economy. They are expected to be capable in business while true to local culture and values.

To succeed, leaders require development organizations (e.g., development corporations, Aboriginal capital corporations, co-operatives, credit unions, sectoral development institutions) which are in touch with their home communities and working environment; which get things done, but use resources efficiently; which change with the times and learn from their mistakes; and which build people as well as things.

For Indian, Inuit, and Innu people who are (or will become) Board members of development organizations, the book has answers to the following questions:

  • What makes a development organization “effective?”
  • What do I do as a Board member? What are my roles and responsibilities?
  • How do I make good, informed decisions?
  • What skills should I have, or learn, or improve?
  • How are Board members selected?
  • How can I learn more about any of these topics?
A Guidebook
Lane, Patti
Nixon, Robert
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