Indigenous Governance Factsheet 6

Nation Building and Development


A nation refers to a group or community of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent or history. Nation rebuilding is about how Indigenous peoples can pull together and implement the tools –rules, processes, checks, balances, structures of governance—they need to build the futures that they want.


One of the greatest challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today is exercising self- determination, but new stories of nation building resourcefulness, creativity and success are surfacing.


The Nation Building and Development Factsheet includes:

  • Explanations about nation building, governance and development
  • 12 steps to kick-start the process of nation rebuilding


You can access the PDF Factsheet via this link:


The Indigenous Governance Factsheets were developed by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Reconciliation Australia to promote peoples’ understanding of Indigenous governance. Each Factsheet provides an explanation of the topic and tips on best practice strategies.


Indigenous Governance Toolkit


More information, tips, examples and resources about this topic are available on the Indigenous Governance Toolkit.


The purpose of the Toolkit is to share effective and innovative governance strategies and knowledge about what works and why. The Toolkit promotes a strengths-based, developmental approach to governance building which places culture at the heart of understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modes of governance.


It is a free online resource developed to support Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations to strengthen their governance in ways that are meaningful to them.


The Toolkit is founded on the pioneering research of the Indigenous Community Governance Project and is regularly updated with best-practice tips and inspirational stories from the Indigenous Governance Awards and other research and case studies developed by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.

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