Community Development

We are engaged in asset-based work with First Nation communities who invite our participation in achieving their priorities, whether that is economic development, social development, training or youth engagement.

At the community’s invitation, and focusing on existing community strengths and assets, we work with leaders and community members to identify needs and priorities and build the networks and connections that build capacity.

Our initiatives include:

  • Ahp-cii-uk:  a multi-sectoral partnership initiative with three communities of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (Ahousaht, Ehattesaht and Tseshaht), which builds relationships and partnerships to accomplish projects determined by the community to improve the quality of life for members and provide opportunities for mutual learning. The Initiative is primarily funded by MARR and Health Canada, but also has significant in kind and monetary contributions from 20 partners in the private, educational and philanthropic sectors. 
  • Yekooche First Nation: supporting the Learning Centre, which has been in operation since 2006 and has prompted many positive developments in the community; and developing a social renewal framework as part of the treaty.
  • Pacheedaht First Nation: developing a scenic campsite at the south end of the West Coast Trail, capitalizing on tourism and entrepreneurial opportunities, and building social cohesion in the process. 
  • Snuneymuxw First Nation: supporting their House of Learning, where many community members will improve their literacy skills and complete grade 12. 
  • Youth engagement initiatives with Lheidli T’enneh, Pauquachin and Ehattesaht First Nations include activities and skills to help young community members become community leaders.

With First Nations in the treaty process (such as Yekooche), the community development approach to capacity building contributes to the First Nation’s ability to administer their government post-treaty. Projects directly contribute to the New Relationship with First Nations and Aboriginal people by preparing communities to be full partners in activities to close the socio-economic gap in support of the Transformative Change Accord (TCA).

For more information please contact:
Information line: 1 800 880-1022