First Nations value the Act's special protections including immunity from taxation on reserve.
Most First Nations are in remote locations where natural resource development is the only likely source of economic advancement.
Westbank took investment decisions away from chief and council and gave them to a more independent board.
In one fiscal year, a First Nation in Alberta generated five times more in own-source revenue than it received in federal transfers.
There is no principled constitutional basis for Métis land claims.
With true self-governance, funding and service levels are no longer determined by federal bureaucrats.
Indigenous citizens would have a much bigger stake in their governance if they paid for it.