Updated: Oct 17
The following 6 questions were created as a part of an Indigenous Awareness Training workshop that CIPS developed for a client interested in working with a First Nation Community. These questions were designed to help the client (and organization) assess what they need (and offer) for a potentially successful partnership.
It is very important to understand that before communicating with an Indigenous Community that your organization knows what it is they are expecting and what they are offering. Knowing this will help improve communication and expectations for a potentially beneficial partnership with a First Nations community or organization. Need help? Click here to contact us for a consultation.
Question 1: What Do We Have To Offer In A Relationship?
Willingness to share our research
Work towards common goal
Open to learning new things
Knowledge in key areas
Question 2: What Are We Seeking in a Partner?
Shared interests and goals
Monitoring (sharing SAR knowledge)
Better understanding of concerns
Continuation of sharing of data
Indigenous support (doing the right thing)
Excitement/belief in what you’re doing
Knowledge of the community
Question 3: What Are Our Relationship Limits?
Limits out of our control
Question 4: What Baggage Do We Bring To The Relationship?
People don’t want to work with us because they think we are government
Looks like we are trying too hard
Inherit frustration of expectations of CA by First Nation (ie you’re CA fix this)
Lack of internal knowledge between departments
Personal baggage based in life experiences/history
Lack of knowledge on both sides
Lack of support from Community -“government organizations”
Lack of understanding
Pre conceived ideas/stereotypes
Question 5: What Is Your Desired Objective Of The Relationship?
Positive working relationship
Desired commitment to the environment
Free flowing communication
Similar vision and execution of projects to ensure projects get completed
Become better teachers/communicators
Improve health of watershed
Certain leaders for certain subjects
Mutual respect and benefits
Long-term open relationships
Good understanding of each others goals
Continued relationship building
Understanding of both sides
Question 6: Call To Action Of Your Prospective Partner?
Reciprocal feedback and open communication
Expectation that the First Nation will work with us (don’t want one-way relationship)
Open lines of communication
Maintain the relationship
Room for improvement
Mutually beneficial goals reached
Start a relationship
Decide what you want from relationship
To gain more awareness insight, see Indigenous Awareness Training Parts 1 / Indigenous Awareness Training Part 2 and Indigenous Awareness Training Parts 3 for the more valuable First Nations awareness training.
To find out how we can help you with your Indigenous Awareness and Engagement activities, please see our web page Indigenous Engagement Training or contact us at: (705) 657-1126 (Email): firstname.lastname@example.org
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