Partner First Nations

Kebaowek First Nation

Kebaowek First Nation began its CCP process in 2016. The objective is to develop a long-term vision while integrating and linking all other plans the community already has in place. Development of a CCP will support the community in building a roadmap to sustainability, self-sufficiency and improved governance capacity. The CCP will inspire a healthier community, thereby empowering the community, improving performance, protecting our resources, promoting healing and reconciliation, coordinating future development and creating economic opportunities for all.

The key to the success of CCP is the involvement of all community members, organizations and departments. Kimberly Chevrier was newly employed to coordinate the CCP process. Together with the Planning Committee and all Kebaowek members, both on and off reserve, they will work to establish a vision for their future, based on team work and community engagement.

In the words of the coordinator, “Now is the time to ‘Be the Change’ and we encourage all to members to be involved.”


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Listuguj Mi’gmaq Nation

In 2012, Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government began the process of developing a comprehensive community plan. With the support from the Cities and Environment Unit at Dalhousie University, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Community Plan was created. Over the course of two years, a series of community engagement sessions, focus group meetings, and consultations with the LMG directorates were conducted.

The CCP is Listuguj’s road map to sustainability and is the foundation piece by which all strategic plans stem from. This document provides an in-depth portrait of Listuguj, issues identified by members in a range of planning areas (e.g. governance, economic development, employment and education, land and resources, etc.), as well as some options for action.

Presently, the LMG is in the validation and adoption stage, ensuring the plan still reflects the vision and priorities of Listugujewaq. Through extensive community engagement activities, the goal of the project is to solidify the vision statement, determine main objectives and actions to move forward. Once the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Community Plan has been validated by the community, it will be brought to leadership for adoption.

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Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Nation

The Mohawk Nation of Kahnawà:ke began its CCP process in 2017. Having developed extensive strategic planning expertise, the community wishes CCP to be an opportunity to engage with members, improve its governance and facilitate collaboration between sectors and local initiatives. Linda Karonhienhawe Delormier was recently hired to coordinate the project.

Using the 2009 Shared Vision Statement, the goal of this project is to develop a Comprehensive Community Planning process (CCP) for Kahnawà:ke, using ongoing community engagement, in collaboration with and with contributions from all sectors or the community.

The development of a CCP will be the map to achieve Kahnawà:ke’s vision for the future. The CCP involves the integration into its plan of issues related to health and well-being, social issues, culture and identity, education, lands and resources, economic development, and governance.

Comprehensive Community Planning is an ongoing process that enables a community to plan its development in a way that ultimately meets the community’s vision and strategic goals in all aspects of community life. With a community engagement process in place, they hope to create a more responsive and collaborative relationship between community administrative resources and the public.

Abitibi8inni First Nation

Abitibi8inni First Nation began its CCP process in 2016. The goal of the process is to ensure that the CCP reflects the needs and will of the nation, in order for it to be a key lever for community development, in particular for youth and for the generations to come. Over 50% of the population is under 25, and it’s essential to have a plan to ensure a future for the youth. CCP will also help improve coordinated action between organizations and sectors, to fully realize the vision members will have given themselves.

Chantal Kistabish, a creative person with a knack for bringing people together, was hired to coordinate the project. Originally from the community, she gained people’s trust by holding multiple engagement activities. Various meetings allowed her to spread the word about CCP to different community groups, such as Elders, grade school and high school kids, families, as well as elected officials and band employees. She also takes part in many community activities and organizes meetings with the planning team that supports her work. Her goal: to make sure that all community members can voice their ideas, no matter how old they are, where they are from or where they live.


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Essipit First Nation

In 2018-2019, the Innu Essipit First Nation Council of planned an strategic planning exercise for economic development based on strategic orientations. After reflection and discussion among the management committee with all the directors, it was suggested that a more global exercise be conducted. All sectors (Health, Education, Social Services, Public Works, Economic Development, Recreation, etc.) found the idea of better coordinating sectoral orientations based on a vision and a comprehensive community plan interesting. It was therefore agreed between management and the Innu Essipit First Nation Council to further explore the possibility of conducting a comprehensive community planning (CCP) exercise.

To do this, Ms. Marie-Eve Bouchard was hired as an economic development consultant to develop a CCP within the Innu Essipit First Nation Council. Through this process, she hopes to build bridges between the band administration and community members in order to develop sectoral orientations that meet real needs.

Having lived in the community for eight years and being of Innu descent, Marie-Eve is actively involved in various activities. For more than 15 years, she has worked in various socio-economic development organizations on the Upper North Shore. Most recently, she was Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer for the municipality of Les Bergeronnes. She has been able to put to good use her ability to innovate and develop sound management practices.

Kanesatake Mohawk Nation

The Kanesatake Comprehensive Community Planning Journey was initiated November 2018 when Chief and Council created and signed a Band Council Resolution (BCR) supporting the process and hiring two-part time CCP coordinators in April 2019; Amanda Simon and Paige O’Brien, both of whom are Kanesatake community members and Band Employees.

The Coordinators, who are determined to start with the pre planning engagement process, began engaging community services and employees. Managers and departments were contacted and individual presentations followed. Approaching The Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Managers and employees is reflective of a “lead by example” approach we hope the general community will appreciate.

The environment team was the first introduction meeting, followed by Kanesatake Human Resources Office, Education, Finance department, Housing, Social Assistance and The archivist Team with 30 participants in total. The Three departments and teams seemed very interested on the new approach of this pilot project. Surveys were created and distributed to help guide participants on what kind of data and information is needed to help guide the process and finally to help create a community vision.

Amanda Simon, CCP Coordinator for Kanesatake

Amanda Simon was employed by Belgo International, Amacan Maritime, Terran Shipping, and finally opening her own computer business. Amanda has gained over 25 years varied commercial and industrial experience, firstly as an employee, in progressively increasing responsible positions and more recently as a business woman and Entrepreneur of First Nation Computers Inc., founded in 1998.  The success of the business was highlighted with Indian Affairs publication of a video called “A Striking Force” and later with a year long run on the APTN network filmed by Amanda applied and was awarded the position of Lands Manager with the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake in April 2009, and immediately began her first year of study with the University of Saskatchewan Indigenous Peoples Management program and graduated in June 2010.  She continued her study with NALMA PLMCP program and later graduated in April of 2011.  In 2013, she was accepted to Ryerson University obtaining a Certificate in Public Administration and Governance. As a Certified Lands and Estates Manager, Amanda continues her training with 7 core courses per year.

Paige O’Brien, Assistant CCP Coordinator for Kanesatake

Paige finished high school in 2012. She completed one year at Dawson College, attended “Ecole des Métiers l’aerospaciale de Montreal”, followed by Gordon Roberston Beauty Academy and was employed in various customer service positions for 4 years. After having two young children, she made the decision to participate in a Kanesatake Human Resources Program to enhance job and life skills, which involved an 8 week capacity building program followed by a 6 month job placement where performance was monitored and assessed by the Project Coordinator. Being placed in the Lands, Estates and Membership Department of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake for the 6 month job placement, she excelled in the department and was asked to sign a one year contract to work in the capacity of Assistant to the Certified Lands Manager, with a further commitment of applying to Algoma University to complete the one year Lands Management Certification Program.

Kawawachikamach Naskapi Nation

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