Aboriginal Community Strategic Planning Toolkit

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

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Nordik Institute, Algoma University

Year: 2005

This toolkit was developed to meet the needs of the Nishnawbe First Nation. However, since its creation it has been utilized by many aboriginal and non-aboriginal organizations and communities throughout Northern Ontario.

The toolkit engages participants in a “strengths-based” approach to planning. By drawing on their knowledge and understanding of their own community citizens identify community “strengths” or assets that can be strengthened and leveraged in creating in the plan. The toolkit is organized around the medicine wheel’s four directions, in answering the questions:

  • Where do we want to go?
  • What is our vision?
  • How are we going to get there?; and,
  • Act – Doing it.