"The opportunity to describe the ideal qualities of a strong Aboriginal leader and to suggest how to build Aboriginal leadership capacity brought 30 Aboriginal leaders to Calgary in mid-February 2003 to an Aboriginal Leadership Roundtable. Discussed were the roles in their communities of Aboriginal leaders, the challenges these leaders face, the qualities of good leaders—and barriers, including those of accountability and those stemming from the Indian Act.
"The growth of Aboriginal band-owned enterprises has reduced high unemployment levels and increased self-reliance. Growth of Enterprises in Aboriginal Communities highlights the economic success of five Aboriginal communities. These community businesses use strategic planning and standard business practices, while maintaining traditional Aboriginal values. All community members share the benefits. This report documents the experience of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Membertou First Nation, Mississauga's of the New Credit First Nation and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.
Community-owned renewable energy facilities create local jobs and revenue with less environmental impacts than conventional energy options. A community that owns a renewable energy facility keeps most of the profit, controls the facility's operation and contributes to a healthier environment. This fact sheet on community-owned renewable energy projects describes the benefits of these projects and outlines steps for starting a project.
The mining industry has a long track record of booms and busts. When mineral prices rise, new mines are built in a hurry Host communities beenfit from a jump in jobs, infusions of cash, and investments in infrastructure - the "boom." However, when prices fall, production slows down and some mines close altogether. Communities suddenly find themselves facing unemployment, loss of income and a declining population - the "bust." This cycle can take a heavy toll on communities.
The forest industry is an important sector in all provinces in Canada, representing an average of 10% of total value added produced. Given the important role that this industry plays in the country, in-depth studies of the characteristic features of forest-based industries, their linkages with the rest of the economy, and the impacts of changes in policies on the society as a whole is believe to be instrumental in the process of ensuring sustainable development.
Forestry communities, like all single industry communities in New Brunswick and across Canada, are facing difficult times and unprecedented challenges as the main employers close or leave town. This literature review examines the economic transitioning of single industry communities with a focus on forestry communities. Literature was reviewed from a wide variety of sources including journal articles, Government documents and reports, as well as publications from a wide variety of websites and organizations.
This report summarizes a study by the Rural and Small Town Programme (RSTP) on capacity building in forestry dependent communities in New Brunswick with funding from the Fundy Model Forest, the New Brunswick Enterprise Network and the Regional Development Corporation. Due to the decline in the forestry industry, such communities need to look at ways to build new capacities in order to continue to be sustainable in the future.
This manual can launch your community on a process of renewal and resilience. It can help you facilitate the initial step towards successful transition from dependence on a single industry to innovative development based on diverse utilization of community resources. This transition often begins with a small group of determined citizens who engage others in the process of visioning, planning and implementing a sustainable future. The community should cultivate the capacity to shape its own ways of life and work.