Indigenous Community Development
For All of Us
Community development in Indigenous communities affects us all. Working together for the spiritual, social, emotional, financial and physical well-being of Indigenous people is a win-win for everyone.
We Have the Power to Impact Our Future,
and We’re Doing Something About It
The future is ours to dream and build. We must create the blueprint, gather the resources, and begin the renewal and regrowth process. It can be done. It has been done. We must learn from each other and not repeat other’s mistakes. We have a clean slate in front of us. We can build a safe and sustainable future for our children and grand children.
“All of our people worked for a living until the white people came around. Every day for them was a working day. You had to shelter yourself with your own hands. You went and got your food and made your own clothes yourself. It’s about getting back to that self-supporting lifestyle.”
Chief Clarence Louie
Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band, BC
“Indigenous peoples cannot imagine their life divorced from nature and their interest in the sustainable use of resources is strong. Empowerment of these groups combined with their knowledge and long-term planning skills is essential to ensure the survival of future generations of humans and wildlife“.
Eva Müller, Director of FAO’s Forestry
“Culture is who we are, who we belong to, where we come from, and how we relate to each other. Is it the basis of traditions, customs, protocols, values, spirituality, ceremonies, language, ways of knowing and being, and connection to the land. Culture is essential to the overall well-being of Indigenous communities and individuals.”
Bob Joseph, Indigenous Corporate Training
Food Security | Health
When traditional food is present, nutrition and diet quality improve among Indigenous people. “Traditional food is still of much better quality than the market food that is available to First Nations in most communities. The traditional food system is very important for health reasons, and obviously, for cultural reasons.“
Malek Batal, University of Montreal
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Economic growth without investment in human development is unsustainable – and unethical.