Aboriginal Practice Group

Better Vision. Better Policy. Better Futures.

Led by Jay Kaufman, with his more than 30 years of experience working on Aboriginal issues, KTA has established a national reputation in the field of Aboriginal Affairs as a trusted consultant to governments and Aboriginal organizations alike.

Our Aboriginal Practice Group and our network of partnerships with Aboriginal firms brings together a creative multi-disciplinary team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in policy and program development, law, strategic and political analysis, economic and resource development, community planning, treaty and self-government negotiations, and inter-governmental Aboriginal relations. We have the expertise and talent to navigate your way through challenging issues to successful outcomes. As trusted consultants we are often called upon to facilitate relationship building and produce shared policy outcomes or strategies through collaborative multi-party processes.

  • Policy and Strategy Development, Research and Analysis
  • The Aboriginal Practice Group has a wealth of project experience in small and national scale policy-related research and analysis. This includes:

  • Environmental scanning and analysis,
  • Analytical, statistical and online research,
  • Facilitation of policy workouts and think tanks,
  • Federal-provincial strategic evaluations and consultations, and
  • Collaboration with senior management in forging new policy directions.
  • Facilitation
  • The Aboriginal Practice Group has developed a reputation for successfully facilitating multi-party collaborative and consensus building processes on joint strategies, new policies, and organizational change agendas. Our success is built on:

  • Exceptional process skills and methodologies,
  • In-depth knowledge of government and Aboriginal perspectives, and
  • Trust built in working with multiple parties to achieve common goals.
  • Negotiations
  • Widely known for our success in negotiations, members of the Aboriginal Practice Group have led a variety of fiscal, federal-provincial cost sharing, self-government and inter-jurisdictional negotiations.

  • Governance and Strategic Planning
  • Our Aboriginal Practice Group provides a full range of governance and strategic planning consultancy services to help you develop a vision and a plan to meet your goals. KTA has played a leading role in developing federal Aboriginal governance policies and has worked with national and regional Aboriginal organizations on governance renewal and developing strategies on major social and economic development issues.

  • Program Review and Evaluation
  • Through our associates and partnerships with Aboriginal firms across Canada, KTA has the capacity to undertake small to large-scale reviews and evaluations that local, provincial, regional or national in scope. Our success is built on:

  • A full array of expertise and methodologies,
  • Effectively engaging stakeholders and communities,
  • Concrete and useful recommendation, and
  • Advice that is acted upon.
  • Program review and evaluation design
  • Logic model development
  • Development of program review and evaluation frameworks
  • Management and results-based performance and accountability frameworks
  • Needs analysis, including trend and scenario analysis
  • Program and service assessment
  • Outcome and performance evaluation
  • Aboriginal Health
  • We are a nationally recognized leader in Aboriginal health consulting, working on health system transformations designed to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal Canadians. Our strength lies in:

  • Understanding of the historical and jurisdictional context for Aboriginal health,
  • Awareness to First Nation successes and challenges in health service delivery,
  • Sensitivity to cross jurisdictional policy and program environments, and
  • Knowledge of leading health services integration initiatives across the country.
  • KTA Aboriginal Practice Group Clients
  • Alberta Federal Council
  • Assembly of First Nations
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
  • Environics Research Group
  • Federal Treasury Board
  • Government of Northwest Territories
  • Health Canada
  • Human Resource & Social Development Canada
  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Indian Oil and Gas Canada
  • Indian Resource Council
  • Métis Nation of Ontario
  • National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
  • Office of Indian Residential School
  • Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians
  • Ogemawahj Tribal Council
  • Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres
  • Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
  • Ontario Native Welfare Administrator's Association
  • Privy Council Office
  • Queens University
  • The Strategic Council
  • Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
  • Treaty 7 Tribal Council
  • Western Economic Diversification

tel: (416) 204-9658 • email: info@kta.on.ca

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