“Understand not only the value and dignity of Native cultural traditions, histories, languages and philosophies but also how to plan for healthy urban and rural environments and combine the two. Learn about Aboriginal experiences and how to examine the conversion of land from natural habitats to urban built areas. Develop skills in writing, research and critical thinking. Enrich your understanding and appreciation of the nature of Indigenous societies and the management of cultural and heritage resources.”
"This thesis proposes an integrated framework for organizing information and subsequently acting as a diagnostic and predictive tool for those working in the area of community development with indigenous peoples, but with potential universal scope. Discussion within the thesis utilizes examples and information from work with indigenous peoples in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The framework is composed of a hierarchy of community development (derived from Maslow's hierarchy of human needs) integrated within a value system, and a hierarchy of cultural influence.
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
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"The training and collaborative planning process spanned 18 months. CIER provided four, week-long training sessions in Winnipeg on the key steps, process, and methods of the planning process. These training sessions occurred approximately every 4 months. During the interim, the First Nation planners participating in the project worked with their communities on the relevant steps (e.g. developing a community vision; determining priorities; etc.). CIER provided remote, and in-community support during these months as needed."
"A summary of the community planning experiences of some First Nations, Inuit and Northern communities across Canada. Although their circumstances were different, all the communities were faced with a need for significant change that required comprehensive thinking and planning for the future. Using a case study approach, the knowledge and experience of 30 communities can be shared with others who may face similar challenges."
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
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This chart provides a brief overview of the Community Economic Development Programs available to First Nations Communities provided by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. The programs include the Community Economic Development Program (CEDP), Community Support Services Program (CSSP), Community Economic Opportunities Program (CEOP), Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB), and Aboriginal Workforce Participation Initiative (AWPI).
"A synopsis of how public works - e.g. land-use planning, building codes, roads and bridges, parks and recreation facilities, water and sewage systems and solid waste collection and disposal - are managed in small municipalities across Canada. Instructive in addressing public works issues within Aboriginal communities."
"Three First Nation communities were selected within the Atlantic Region to become pilot communities in which to test the Model. Over 18 months, community plans (in both document and poster form) were developed:
Abegweit First Nation Community Plan; A Plan for Abegweit, a 40-minute documentary video, presents the community planning process in Abegweit First Nation; Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation Community Plan; Pictou Landing First Nation Community Plan.""