Building Collaborative Health and Social Development Partnerships with First Nations Leadership (A3)

Experiential Workshop - 10:15AM to 11:45AM October 6, 2017 - Gabriola

The workshop will encourage participants to explore various creative approaches to engaging with First Nations communities to collaborate in sharing expertise, supporting education and training efforts, in alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the potential partnership possibilities within their own professional spheres and examine models of community engagement to help build these links. 

There is significant mutual benefit that may be achieved by reciprocal, collaborative partnerships between health, social development and education services within First Nations community services on-reserve, and governmental, educational and non-profit organizations locally. This workshop aims to help participants better understand the various opportunities and approaches to bridge-building between on-reserve aboriginal communities and local external entities which have the mandate or potential to expand their services to aboriginal communities.

Using an interactive approach, the workshop presenters will create opportunities for knowledge exchange, exploring the various challenges and successes that the participants may have experienced in working with aboriginal communities. Participants will be offered a concise summary of the available health and social development services within on-reserve communities that are federally funded.

Using the participant's' unique professional experiences or areas of interest, the facilitators will develop interactive case studies for the whole group to examine the possibilities and challenges in developing sustainable collaborative projects with First Nations communities on-reserve.

The workshop hence offers the participants an opportunity to examine the approach and structure of any original project ideas with the group, aligning with the goals of the workshop.