Identify and prioritize your needs and goals.

Community readiness planning and capacity development

Community Planning and Capacity Development are long-term, focused strategies for communities to follow once a Specific Claim is settled. They outline short, mid, and long-term goals, provide feedback and input from leadership and the community members, help choose which projects should take priority, assist with budget planning, and provide measurable milestones to ensure everything is where it should be.

However, in many cases, community planning and capacity development are not considered until after the Specific Claims Process is completed, leaving the community struggling to answer questions about why things haven’t been done, or what comes next.

Communities need a well defined plan to identify and prioritize their needs and goals for years to come. This is why Nativelands provides both community planning and capacity development in synchronization with the Specific Claims process, so the Nation is ready to begin as soon as the Specific Claim is settled.

Corporate Canada recognizes that our Nations represent a bold new vision and tremendous business opportunity. Our people have become an increasingly bigger force in both our local economy and the Canadian economy as a whole. Nativelands, along with others, understand that economic activity is the most direct path to self-determination and self-sufficiency.

Community Planning begins by determining what the Nation’s goals, objectives, and priorities are, as well as what tools and procedures are already in place or in progress. The plan will not only help the community identify their priorities and needs, it will create a focused multi-year plan outlining the resources and skills locally available, and produce a detailed map that shows the costing, responsibilities, and necessary training to get you there. All this is completed with leadership and members, ensuring everyone’s voice is heard.

Additional Community Planning Elements

Election Act: outlines process for activities such as nomination procedures, appeals, ballot counting, general election procedures, voting eligibility, and communicating results.
Leadership Policy: code of ethics, orientation for newly elected councils, removal from office policies
Referendum Regulations: voting processes, threshold for referendum, requirements for notice
Personnel (HR) Policies: recruitment, discipline, conflict of interest, code of ethics, grievance and appeal processes
Community Consultation Policies: communication, information distribution, social media/online presence
Membership/Citizenship Code: laws regarding birth/adoptions, marriage, reinstatement, membership application/loss
Financial Administration: finance practices, financial management, and capital projects
Legacy Trust: settlement assets for future generations
Law Making Constitution: membership rights/freedoms, amendments, cultural context, customs, laws, new law procedures
Land Use and Development Laws or Bylaws: control land use and land management activities on reserve lands
And other laws or bylaws as needed.

Specific Claims are a path to engaging more fully in the broader economy, instilling pride, and removing hopelessness that many of our people feel. At Nativelands, we are committed to helping our people find access to justice by levelling the playing field and providing honest and reputable experts so you can navigate the Specific Claims process and achieve success.