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Centering Indigenous Knowledge and Leadership in Your Work

Posted by Shaelyn Wabegijig on July 27, 2021

If the recent pandemic and climate crisis have taught us anything, it's that Indigenous culture, knowledge and leadership are deeply connected to our very survival as a human species. Yet even despite the extensive work and consultations for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Indigenous voices continue to be silenced. A lack of leadership to implement the TRC continues to prevail, with only 10% of the 94 Calls to Action having been implemented to date. Due to courageous Indigenous leaders, more people are recognizing the urgent need to center Indigenous leadership in their work.  

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Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities: Employing A Whole Systems Approach

Posted by Natasha Pei on June 23, 2021

Breaking down silos and employing a whole systems approach that puts a person’s wellbeing at the centre is a critical practice for rural communities seeking to end poverty. Working in silos ignores the complexity of people’s lives and beneficial community assets remain under-utilized. While working out-of-sync with one another, very few organizations are likely to see their clients sustainably achieve their goals.

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Ending Indigenous Poverty in Cities

Posted by Jill Zacharias on May 17, 2021

In the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the opioid crisis has further revealed the depths of inequity and devastating impacts of trauma on vulnerable populations, as well as gaps in our social safety nets and limitations of policies aimed to reduce poverty and harm. While the crisis has exacerbated these inequities, it has also increased awareness and built momentum for new policies and systems change. In urban centres across the country, Indigenous people are working independently and with others to support pathways out of poverty for Indigenous children, families and elders.

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