At Tulo, we want to share our knowledge and experience to ensure a better future for First Nations. 

Our programs are university accredited and are known for their exceptional quality and progressive thinking. 

The Tulo Centre is a Canadian charitable organization whose mission is to assist interested First Nations in building legal and administrative frameworks that support markets on their lands. Incorporated on January 31, 2008, the Tulo Centre was established to deliver education programs and conduct research in the areas of First Nation public administration.  

Participation in the Economy

Five premises form the foundation for the mission and helps First Nations in Canada, and all indigenous populations in the Americas, participate more fully in the economy: 

  1. An important cause of First Nation economic underdevelopment is that the costs of doing business on many First Nation lands are at least four to six times higher than they are off First Nation lands. This reduces private investment and contributes to First Nation disparities. 
  2. These high costs of doing business are mainly a result of First Nations not being able to develop the legal and administrative frameworks and the necessary infrastructure to support markets because the Indian Act has effectively froze First Nation institutional development for the last 140 years. 
  3. Recent legislation such as the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, the First Nations Land Management Act, the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act and the proposed First Nation Property Ownership Act provide an opportunity for First Nations to create competitive markets on their lands, generate economic growth, build infrastructure, increase confidence in their governments and raise their own revenues to achieve their community objectives. 
  4. There is a demand from First Nations and indigenous groups for practical training and accredited education on how to realize the economic benefits from recent First Nation legislation that few education programs are currently providing. 
  5. There is a demand from the private sector to work more closely with First Nations and indigenous groups on economic opportunities, especially in the resource sector. 

Why Tulo? 

First Nations have a long history of trade and markets to create sustainable economies, however, the Indian Act largely eliminated First Nation markets in the last 140 years. Whereas the rest of Canada developed modern market supporting legislative and administrative frameworks, First Nations did not. The result - much of First Nation land is undervalued and there are far fewer economic opportunities.

However, many First Nations have a competitive advantage, such as location, human resources, innovative strengths or access to natural resources. Implementing the legal and administrative framework is the key to opening the door for First Nation economic potential. Tulo demonstrated how modern legislation such as the First Nations Fiscal Management Act helps empower First Nations to build these legal and administrative systems that support competitive markets on First Nation lands.