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Indigenous Peoples - Resources for Collaborative Poverty Reduction

Submitted by Tamarack on August 8, 2016 - 11:55am

This is a general library of resources for individuals, groups or organizations that are working with large populations of Indigenous Peoples on collaborative poverty reduction, compiled with the help of members of Vibrant Communities Poverty Reduction from a First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) Worldview Community of Practice. We welcome and appreciate additions from others who are able to share their work, or share resources that have impacted or informed their work. Please feel free to download items and to suggest new resources for inclusion in this library by emailing

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Frameworks for Poverty Reduction and Improved Well-Being with FNMI Populations

  • Reconciliation Dialogues Workshop: Discussion Guide by Reconciliation Canada - Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops bring diverse participants together in a safe environment that allow for meaningful dialogue and relationship building. They provide an opportunity for sharing stories of resilience, gaining a greater understanding of our shared history and exploring pathways to reconciliation including the development of concrete action plans. (PDF)
  • Aikim miis ma ta piiksa (Be kind to people), by Amanda Ens and Roy Bear Chief - A presentation on Calgary's ani ta pisi ('spiderweb')/collective impact approach to building community and collaborative poverty reduction. (PowerPoint). 
  • A tso tsi ka kiman ('combined effort), by Roy Bear Chief - A reflection on the development of Calgary's ani ta pisi ('spiderweb') poverty reduction strategy. Learn about the traditional story, its similarities with collective impact, and its practical approaches in the City of Calgary. (Blog)
    Also learn more about hte Indigenous Poverty Reduction Strategy by visiting the Enough For All website. (Website)
  • End Poverty Edmonton Poverty Reduction Strategy and implementation Road Map, by The City of Edmonton - The End Poverty Edmonton poverty reduction strategy and implementation Road Map together provide an example of a city-wide collaborative poverty reduction strategy that has been influenced and shaped by diverse groups in the community. The Aboriginal Roundtable, specifically assembled by Mayor Don Iveson and then grown by the group itself, has had tremendous impact on the framework, language, goals, and implementation plans of the overall strategy. (PDF)
  • Human Rights Framework, published by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights - A two-pager outline on fundamentals of the rights-based approach to poverty reduction. (PDF)

Winnipeg Public Safety and Community Wellness Alliance strategic framework documents

Legal Matters and Policy

  • Ensuring Accountability on First Nations Reserves, by Naiomi Metallic and Sébastien Grammond -The lack of a legal framework governing essential services on reserves leaves First Nations vulnerable to arbitrary and sudden changes of policies.  The Supreme Court recently decided not to hear an appeal in which this lack of a legal framework would have been challenged.  The authors explore this problem and argue that there is an urgent need for Canada’s new government, in partnership with First Nations, to take action. (PDF)
  • National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, by The Government of Canada - The Government of Canada launched an independent national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is independent from the federal government. The inquiry will establish its own office and website.  Contact information for the inquiry will be posted as soon as it is available. When it is available, please contact the inquiry directly to learn how to participate in or work for the inquiry. (Website)
  • Northern Projections Human Capital Series - Timiskaming District, by James Cuddy and Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami for the Northern Policy Institute - Timiskaming district’s economy has undergone a significant transformation over the past three decades. The objective of this study is to examine past and present trends and characteristics in Timiskaming’s economy and to forecast its future challenges and opportunities. The authors find that there are several socio-economic and labour market trends unfolding that will have an adverse impact on Timiskaming’s competitive position and the standard of living of residents if not addressed immediately. The author’s recommend that Timiskaming district must: 1) bolsterits population levels, 2) improve rural and Aboriginal education, and 3) refocus existing resourcesand stimulate entrepreneurship and economic diversification. (PDF)


Enriching Our Understanding of Indigenous Cultures and Histories

  • Learning from Knowledge Keepers of Mi’kma’ki, by The University of Cape Breton - This recorded lecture series is Cape Breton University’s first free, online, open-access, share-with-the world Indigenous course. The course was designed to allow for many opportunities to share knowledge and intercultural dialogue, which will emerge as we discuss the rich history, culture, and wisdom of Indigenous peoples in Mi’kma’ki and across Canada. (Video Series)
    Download the course brochure MIKM 2701 or read the course description
  • The Music of Collaboration, by Mark Holmgren - Our collaborative efforts, as powerful as they may be, fall short if they do not touch others in ways that inspire, motivate, and cause the engagement we hope to instill in others. At the Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead gathering, the Asani’s trio performance was the epitome of collaboration. (Blog & Video) 
  • There is no – silly – in Recon-silly-ation: MATSIIK SAA PIYA (It’s not funny), by Roy Bear Chief - Reconciliation is not silly. Healing is not silly. Forging new relationships is not silly. Forgiveness is not silly. Crying is not silly. Sharing is not silly. Therefore, there is no silly in reconciliation. This blog series was written by various staff of Vibrant Communities Calgary in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, during the summer of 2015.
  • My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell, by Arthur Bear Chief - A simple and outspoken account of the sexual and psychological abuse that Arthur Bear Chief suffered during his time at Old Sun Residential school in Gleichen on the Siksika Nation. In a series of chronological vignettes, Bear Chief depicts the punishment, cruelty, abuse, and injustice that he endured at Old Sun and then later relived in the traumatic process of retelling his story at an examination for discovery in connection with a lawsuit brought against the federal government. (Free PDF)


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Urban Indigenous Identification


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