Indigenous Community Development & Prosperity
ICDPRO works together with Indigenous communities to assist their leaders and members to find plausible solutions to the challenges they have identified.
ICDPRO also works with non-Indigenous organizations to help facilitate effective and mutually-beneficial engagement with Indigenous communities.
Indigenous Communities Please Connect with ICDPRO Below.
Non-Indigenous Organizations Please Connect with ICDPRO Below.
You Have the Power to Impact Your Future.
Community development is multi-faceted and unique to each community. As with all good community development practices, recognizing and utilizing existing community assets is the first step to building a safe, strong, and sustainable community. Gaps and barriers are then identified and addressed, together.
“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
Governance | Nation Building
“Good governance never depends upon laws but on the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders .“
Housing is considered affordable when a household pays less than 30 percent of their income. The impact of owning a home and having affordable payments is powerful. It’sn not just a house. It’s a home. It’s the foundation for a better life and a stronger community.
Habitat for Humanity
“Native Science is a study of the whole; Indigenous technologies emerge from the implicate order to reflect the art of skillful living – and these bodies of knowledge employ the precision and rigour associated with western science.“
Rose Thater Braan-Imai
“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
“I am an ally. I am not First Nations, Metis or Inuit. I am Canadian. I support human rights, the protections of our environment and our democracy, and the notion that our elected government should act honestly and honourable in carryint out its obligations to all its people”
“There’s this misnomer that Metis and the First Nations do not support the oil and gas industry…I think it’s really important people know that we do support responsible oil and gas development.”
Training & Education
“The children, each of those kids is in touch with nature and traditional Aboriginal culture so a very important part of getting performances from them was just letting them be and trying to capture the unique spirituality that was in each one of them “.
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
“The health of a mother and child is a more telling measure than its economic state.”
Story Telling | Oral Traditions
“Our stories were us, what we knew, where we came from, and where we were going to. They were told to remind us of our responsibility, to instruct, and to entertain. They were stories of our Creation, our travel, our laws. They were legends of hard-fought battles, funny anecdotes – some from the smokehouse, some from the Trickster – and there were scary stories to to remind us of danger, spiritual and otherwise, Stories were our life and they still are. “
Larry Hill, Seneca
“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