Skip to main content

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Aboriginal Conditions

Research As a Foundation for Public Policy

Aimed at three main constituencies - Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal social scientists, government and Aboriginal policymakers, and Aboriginal communities - the book has multiple purposes. First, it presents findings from recent research, with the goal of advancing research agenda, and stimulating positive social development. Second, it encourages greater links between the social scientific and external research communities and demonstrates the kind of research needed as a foundation for public policy. Finally, it acts as a guide to research methods for Aboriginal communities and organizations, and promotes cooperation between researchers and Aboriginal peoples in an effort to ensure that research decisions serve both groups equally. A vital addition to public policy and Native studies, Aboriginal Conditions will be welcomed by social scientists, policymakers, and academics working in these fields.

288 pages

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures


Introduction: The Focus of Aboriginal Conditions / Jerry P. White

Part 1: Thinking Outside the Box: Building Models Based on Communities / Jerry P. White

1. Social Capital, Social Cohesion, and Population Outcomes in Canada’s First Nations Communities / Jerry P. White and Paul S. Maxim

Part 2: The Limits of Our Knowledge and the Need to Refine Understandings / Jerry P. White

2. Perils and Pitfalls of Aboriginal Demography: Lessons Learned from the RCAP Projections / Don Kerr, Eric Guimond, and Mary Jane Norris

3. Impacts of the 1985 Amendments to the Indian Act on First Nations Populations / Stewart Clatworthy

4. Changing Ethnicity: The Concept of Ethnic Drifters / Eric Guimond

5 . Aboriginal Mobility and Migration Patterns and the Policy Implications / Mary Jane Norris, Marty Cooke, and Stewart Clatworthy

Part 3: Confronting Culture with Science: Language and Public Policy / Jerry P. White

6 . Aboriginal Language Retention and Socio-Economic Development: Theory and Practice / Erin O’Sullivan

7. Aboriginal Language Transmission and Maintenance in Families: Results of an Intergenerational and Gender-Based Analysis for Canada, 1996 / Mary Jane Norris and Karen MacCon

Part 4: Measuring and Predicting Capacity and Development / Jerry P. White

8. An Application of the United Nations Human Development Index to Registered Indians in Canada, 1996 / Daniel Beavon and Martin Cooke

9. Dispersion and Polarization of Income among Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Canadians / Paul S. Maxim, Jerry P. White, and Dan Beavon

10. Toward an Index of Community Capacity: Predicting Community Potential for Successful Program Transfer /

Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press