We act as advisors and mentors to Indigenous communities to assist them in achieving their socio-economic goals. We assist them in developing the ability to be effective decision-makers in the stewardship of their lands, resources, and economies. We offer “Indigenous to Indigenous” mentorship through expert independent advisory services. Our work is done through formal agreements with communities and community enterprises, working with them to determine their unique objectives, identifying opportunities for shared learning, and supporting them in the implementation of their vision.
How we Support Indigenous Communities
- Economic development visioning, strategic planning and governance structuring (ie: Economic Development Corporations)
- Policy development (e.g. natural resource management, environment & heritage, business)
- Capacity building (e.g. leadership, governance, business administration, joint ventures)
- Leadership training and equitable participation for women and girls
- Conflict resolution, management, process design and mediation
- Partnerships (e.g. Joint Ventures for supplier services in infrastructure, organic agriculture, eco-tourism, natural resources)
- Entrepreneurial skills training
There are two main streams of partnerships that we help communities negotiate:
Business Partnerships: Joint Venture and Revenue Sharing Strategic Alliances
- These Strategic alliances help the community enterprises develop their chosen expertise for economic growth.
- Alliances are structured to be mutually beneficial, strategically align interests and eliminate weaknesses and risks.
- Training is a major component of business partnerships to ensure that the community enterprise can build its own capacity.
- In business ventures both parties earn a profit and take on risks and responsibilities of the business or supply contract.
- Often the community enterprise will reinvest some of its profits into developing additional training programs with its private sector partner for job advancement and management experience.
Partnerships for Skills Training
- These partnerships purpose is for hands-on skills training and capacity building experience.
- Typically are with corporations, cooperatives or associations.
- Range from on-the-job training and work experience to mentorship to internships.
- We work with local and international corporations to deliver the most beneficial and equitable opportunities for the communities we work with.
- We also work with academic institutions such as Canadian Colleges to develop training programs with our private sector partners.