"An Aboriginal workers' co-operative in Winnipeg, Neechi Foods, has developed a series of community economic development (CED) principles that seem to offer a much more comprehensive view of "sustainability." A view that could readily encompass the resource focused definition, but which clearly goes beyond it. This approach to sustainability was developed specifically to address urban economic development, but it could easily be adapted for remote and rural economies too. These principles have been refined over time, through discussion and debate, and now number eleven in total.
This guidebook is about First Nations developing their own approaches to evaluating how well community programs are achieving community goals. It presents ideas and options for First Nations to consider in developing self-evaluation tools that reflect Aboriginal communities, traditions and priorities.