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Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities  Justice John H. Gomery

Volume 1, 2005 & Volume 2, 2006


The Gomery report is important to be familiar with when dealing with federal, provincial and territorial Canadian governments on First Nation, Inuit and Métis issues. All too often these governments have non-elected, bureaucratic public servants form and enforce policies that profoundly affect Aboriginal rights. The bottom line is that public servants such as Deputy Ministers, Assistant Deputy Ministers, heads of agencies, and other senior officials have no authority to make decisions on policy or any other approach government should take with its management of the public sector. When senior public officials overstep their authority in Canada the status quo of forced assimilation and cultural genocide is reinforced.

Interesting, is that the very rhetoric that has been heard repeatedly from Canadian governments against Aboriginal governance regarding a lack of accountability and transparency, is exactly what is wrong with non-Aboriginal governments in Canada. Below are a few excerpts from Volume 2 of the Gomery Report.

Full Report:

Volume 1

Volume 2


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