Aboriginal Well-Being - Canada's Continuing Challenge

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Aboriginal Well-Being

Canada's Continuing Challenge

By: Jerry P. White, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence (Editors)

It is more important than ever to address the poverty, lack of educational attainment, poor health, and other social problems that affect so many of Canada's Aboriginal people. Aboriginal Well-Being: Canada's Continuing Challenge provides a better idea as to where policy resources should be concentrated.

ISBN 978-1-55077-177-0
Edition First
Year 2008
Page Count 246

$ 36.95


On June 29, 2007, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) organized a National Day of Action. This one-day event was part of a broader strategy of the AFN, launched in the fall of 2006 to create awareness of First Nations issues; more specifically, it was a call for action against poverty. This book deals with this same issue, not from an advocacy or political viewpoint, but from an empirical and scientific perspective.

Aboriginal Well-Being: Canada’s Continuing Challenge can give us a better idea of where we ought to be concentrating our policy energies and resources. Aboriginal Well-Being is divided into three sections. The first looks at ways of measuring well-being, the second examines the Human Development Index (HDI), while the third focuses on the Community Well-Being (CWB) Index.

Table of Contents

Part One: Measuring Well-Being

  • Introduction: Aboriginal Well-Being, Dan Beavon and Jerry White
  • The Registered Indian Human Development Indices, Martin Cooke
Part Two: The Human Development Index
  • The Registered Indian Human Development Index, 1981–2001, Martin Cooke and Dan Beavon
  • Using the UNDP Indices to Examine Gender Equality and Well-being, Martin Cooke (with the assistance of Kate Hano)
  • Aboriginal Well-Being in Four Countries, Martin Cooke, Francis Mitrou, David Lawrence, Éric Guimond, and Dan Beavon
Part Three: The Community Well-Being Index
  • The Community Well-Being Index (CWB), Erin O'Sullivan and Mindy McHardy
  • Applying the Community Well-Being Index and the Human Development Index to Inuit in Canada, Sacha Senécal, Erin O'Sullivan, Éric Guimond, and Sharanjit Uppal
  • Community Well-Being: A Comparable Communities Analysis, Jerry White and Paul Maxim
  • Assessing the Net Effects of Specific Claims Settlements in First Nations Communities in the Context of Community Well-Being, Jerry White, Nicholas Spence, and Paul Maxim
  • Well-Being in First Nation Communities, Susan Wingert

About the Authors

Jerry P. White
University of Western Ontario

Professor White is now Associate Dean (Graduate Studies, Policy and Planning) in Social Science with responsibilities for graduate affairs, strategic planning, and in the development of policy and review processes across the faculty, including both interdisciplinary activities and Aboriginal affairs. He is the Director of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium and has authored several books on Aboriginal policy.

Nicholas Spence
University of Western Ontario

Nicholas Spence holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Western Ontario. He has worked in Ottawa for the federal government, and he is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, affiliated with the department of sociology and the department of health sciences. His research expertise includes statistics and quantitative research methods, inequality/stratification, health and education.

Dan Beavon
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Dan Beavon is director of the Research and Analysis Directorate, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He has worked in policy research for twenty years and manages an Aboriginal research program on a variety of issues, including increasing the amount and quality of strategic information available to the policy process.