Many First Nations are strong examples of good governance and financial success. A new study of 21 indigenous communities, including Nova Scotia’s Membertou First Nation, shows that prosperous groups do many things in common.

Successful First Nations seize local economic opportunities, whatever their form. They are fiscally responsible. They make good governance a priority and support strong leaders. They co-operate with other groups for mutual benefit. And they achieve greater independence from the department of indigenous and northern affairs.

These groups have earned high levels of community well-being, with material prosperity for residents. To aid in their own development, other groups should follow the formula of these highly-effective First Nations.