Action

In each of the communities selected, a community-based coordinator would be hired. An Advisory Committee would also be established, bringing together personnel based on practical expertise (from other First Nation communities in the same region), academic knowledge, and government experience. The Committee would provide the community with a base of expertise, knowledge of best practices, the ability to identify opportunities and the capacity to mobilize resources. More specifically, the Advisory Committee would address each of the following steps in the action process:

  1. undertake a research-based community assessment and environmental scan to identify the salient characteristics, strengths, challenges and opportunities that the community exhibits with reference to achieving reduced levels of poverty and the development of a self-reliant economic base linked to improved community health and well-being. The assessment would include an environmental scan of community infrastructure such as water, sewer, housing, educational and other resources, and the community’s relationship to the surrounding region
  2. work with the community and in keeping with the community’s vision of where it wants to go and the values that are important to it, the project would contribute to the development of a strategic plan for reduced levels of poverty and the development of a self-reliant economic base linked to improved community health and well-being
  3. work with the community on the implementation of the strategic plan. The major responsibility for the implementation of the strategic plan would lie with the community, but the Advisory Committee would serve as a resource for this process. It may, for example, be able to speak to experiences elsewhere, and identify specific opportunities and funding sources.
  4. The Committee might also be able to help with the implementation of some specific components of the strategic plan, addressing some key key development obstacles that have been identified. Such interventions could be in quite diverse areas as First Nation communities typically develop holistic approaches for the development of their communities and their search to restore balance and harmony.