Accountability in a contemporary First Nation context: A blending of forms

Gina Cosco
epartment of Accounting and Management Information Systems, University of Alberta
July, 2005


This study investigates historical and current perspectives of accountability within the federal government and within a First Nation community, particularly as reflected in spiritual, social, and hierarchical forms. A review of historical documents and ethnographies, as well as interviews and participant observation, provide a background from which to identify differences in ideologies and forms of accountability that are prevalent in the different contexts. A framework that blends spiritual, social and hierarchical forms of accountability is developed, with a view to providing a more workable process that reflects the goals, visions, and priorities of the First Nation in a language that is meaningful to them, while at the same time meeting the requirements of the federal government.