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ARTICLE | Making the Most of the Times - Virtual Community Engagement in Indigenous and Remote Communities

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In this article, Amanda Sheedy reflects on the importance of her past experiences engaging with Indigenous and remote communities across Turtle Island in informing the Virtual Community Engagement Guide

Despite the challenges of a sudden switch to virtual community engagement thanks to the pandemic, Amanda shares the silver lining she found while navigating virtual and hybrid community engagement sessions: "the potential to create new opportunities to engage people in important conversations, and to weave relationships by bringing people together in their communities, even with limited budgets"

Read the complete guide here: Virtual Community Engagement Guide: A Toolkit for Hosting Online Community Engagement and Meetings in Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Communities 

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Amanda Sheedy

By Amanda Sheedy

Based in Tio'tia:ke (aka Montreal) on the unceded territory of the Kanyen'kehà:ka (aka Mohawk) with her family, Amanda has supported grassroots community engagement and planning for over 20 years. She is skilled at designing and facilitating processes to help people think together and develop solutions collaboratively, including across sectors. Her work with Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island spans more than 10 years, supporting Indigenous food sovereignty projects and Indigenous-led planning on food, health, research and conservation. Prior to her work as a consultant, Amanda was the Director of Engagement and Development at Food Secure Canada, a national non-profit where she designed and led national engagements to advance food sovereignty policy through coalitions and networks. With degrees in public health, community economic development and environmental health, Amanda brings a nuanced understanding of how we can work together to shape natural and human systems to create the world we want.

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