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We work with Indigenous communities to move beyond ‘sustainability’ and onto progressive expansion.
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to Community Development & Prosperity.
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Results Matter Most
Research and theories are important but
results matter the most.
Just ask one community we helped to build a strong economic development team which then led to their acquiring a 100% increase in contracted revenue the following year.
Or, ask the organization we helped to add an additional 30% of their own Band members to the team of employees at their economic development corporation.
Or, ask the young mother of three children how we helped her use her education to secure a position in her community.
Results Matter Most
Let’s go on a journey through the 6 asset areas within a community. Feel free to follow the flow of the sections or jump to the section that most interests you. Working through the 6 areas will help you to create a wholistic comprehensive community plan. If you would like us to assist you in this process, please contact us HERE.
Community Asset Framework
Done well, economic development enhances all 6 community capital areas and more money circulating in the local economy enhances human, social, physical and cultural capital.
“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”
The knowledge, skills, and competencies within your community that help create economic, social and personal well-being.
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 .“
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 “.
“The health of a mother and child is a more telling measure than its economic state.”
Any natural resources that can supply goods and services into the future such as non-renewable resources (fossil fuels and minerals) and renewable resources (food, water, energy), if managed sustainably.
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
“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
“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.”
Infrastructure that helps people obtain food, water, shelter, and energy, and provides an opportunity for people to be productive.
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
Community connectedness, cohesion, and compassion. Shared experiences through customs, traditions, and values.
“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
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