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First Nations Communications Toolkit

Publication

Provided By: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

The First Nations Communications Toolkit is a unique resource jointly developed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, BC Region, and Tewanee Consulting Group. The toolkit was originally developed in 2007 and continues to provide a good basic overview of communications planning, activities and tools. While the fundamentals of communication such as engaging your audience and developing clear messages have not changed, some aspects continue to evolve. As a result, this edition of the toolkit has been updated to reflect changes in communications practices, particularly the use of social media tools.

This toolkit was designed explicitly for First Nations communicators and is based on input from First Nations communicators and administrators working for First Nations organizations. It offers information on many topics, including communications planning, publications, events and media relations, from a First Nations’ perspective. The best practices and practical lessons learned that have been included in the toolkit are drawn from Tewanee Joseph’s experience working on communications projects with over 30 First Nation communities.

Rebuilding Yukon First Nations Literature Review - Effective Training Areas, Approaches and Techniques

Publication

Provided By: Training Policy Committee

In 2016, the Training Policy Committee contracted a literature review of indigenous nation rebuilding, which took a comprehensive look at what has been written about the process of rebuilding nations, including the essential training areas, and what are the best training models and approaches for Yukon First Nations to adapt and use. The intention was also to have a final document which would provide First Nations with easy access to well-researched rationale they can reference when planning training and applying for funding.

Learn about Land Claims and Self-Government in Yukon!

Project, Publication, Video

Provided By: Mapping the Way

Need resources to teach people about Yukon First Nations land claims and self-government agreements in your school, home or workplace?

Need to know how these agreements are making a difference for all Yukoners? Want to share stories about how Yukon is mapping the way?

Mapping the Way has a variety of educational resources available including infographics, videos, podcasts, displays and articles. Check out a Catalogue of Mapping the Way educational resources, and explore the Mapping the Way website.

Mapping the Way is a public education partnership initiative between the 11 self-governing Yukon First Nations, the Council of Yukon First Nations, and the governments of Yukon and Canada to celebrate and raise awareness about Yukon First Nation land claims and self-government.

Community Education and Employment Support (CEES) program

Program

Provided By: Yukon University - Community Education

Community Education and Employment Support is a unique, culturally relevant program which will prepare you to effectively function in front-line education and employment support roles within First Nation governments and other organizations. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to support individuals through their education and employment pathways.

The program consists of 10, 3-credit courses that can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. The first course is offered face-to-face (September 9-13, 2019), while all other courses may be accessed through a combination of online and blended delivery options to allow students to access the program from their communities. 

Students will build knowledge and skills to apply in practice and will develop relationships with their cohort that will enhance resources, sharing, support, and mentorship opportunities.

Coursework Topics:

  • Wellness and Self-Care
  • Communication
  • Computer and Office Fundamentals
  • Case Management
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Project Management and Event Planning
  • Further exploration into a specific area of interest in the field of education and employment support, through an elective course and a capstone project

Admission Requirements:

  • English 11; OR 
  • Mature student status with acceptable scores on College Assessments and Computer Placement Test.

Career Opportunities:

The Community Education and Employment Support program will prepare graduates for increased capacity and employment in communities as front-line staff such as:

  • Community Education Liaison Coordinators (CELC)
  • Education Support Workers (ESW)
  • Education Outreach Coordinators (EOC)
  • Employment Training Officers (ETO)

The program is also an opportunity for employed individuals to take courses as part of their professional development plan.   

For fee information please visit: https://www.yukoncollege.yk.ca...

Capacity Assessment Tool

Program, Project, Template

Provided By: YG Executive Council Office - Aboriginal Relations

Use this practical tool to identify your organizations strengths and weaknesses and plan strategically to build capacity. This tool guides you through a capacity assessment with tips, advice and worksheets.

This is a made-in-Yukon capacity assessment tool recognizing the unique Yukon governance landscape. It is based on local First Nation knowledge and recommendations, and on existing capacity assessment tools. It is designed to be an informative and practical tool that can be used at the departmental level within a government.

This tool was developed based on the recommendations from the Carcross Tagish First Nation, Kwanlin Dun First Nation, and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation governments.

How to use the tool

The Capacity Assessment Tool includes an online-interactive work book and a the hard-copy work book.

There are five steps to consider and each step guides the department through a capacity assessment process.

  1. Organize and Plan helps with planning before conducting the assessment. It also involves determining and identifying a facilitator.
  2. Conduct Capacity Assessment is the work you need to do to complete a capacity assessment.
  3. Summarize and Interpret Results pulls all the information gathered into one organized document.
  4. Implement Recommendations moves actions forward and helps determine who is responsible for those actions.
  5. Evaluate allows participants to evaluate the assessment and determine how well it worked for the department.

Why do a Capacity Assessment?

Capacity is the power of a person, system or government to perform or produce. It is the ability of individuals or government units such as departments, to perform functions successfully.

Capacity assessment is a process to determine the existing ability of the government and its ability to perform required government functions.

The findings of a capacity assessment process can be the foundation for any of the following:

To inform future planning:

  • Strategic plan
  • Budget plan
  • Work plan

To identify requirements for departmental realignment (to meet goals and objectives of a strategic plan) operations, improvements or areas of strength:

  • Staff
  • Skills
  • Departmental knowledge

To plan for future change:

  • Transition
  • Succession planning
  • Reorganization
  • Project planning
  • Enhance staff training
  • Educational
  • Partnerships (First Nation government, Yukon College, Government of Yukon, etc.)


Situational Analysis of Yukon First Nation Health & Social Department Workplace Realities

Project, Publication, Template

Provided By: Council of Yukon First Nations

An executive summary of a report on a study conducted through the Aboriginal Health Human Resource Initiative (AHHRI) circa 2009-2010, led by Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) staff and conducted by Metamorphosis Change Management . The study was a community-based situational analysis to assess Yukon First Nation health and social workplace realities with respect to:  job satisfaction; mental health; cultural competence; core competencies; and how these factors relate to the needs and expectations of Yukon First Nation health and social staff and departments. The purpose of the report was to document observations on current Health and Social Department best practices and challenges and create a toolkit (which is located in the appendices of the report).

Access To Health Services (executive summary 2010)

Project

Provided By: Council of Yukon First Nations

Executive Summary of Research into Improving Access to Health Services for Yukon First Nations was undertaken by the Council of Yukon First Nations, between April 2009 and February 2010. The project was funded through the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund (AHTF), and conducted by Action Research B.C. staff and Andrew Hume and Associates staff. The goal of the project was to provide practical recommendations aimed at improving access to health services for First Nations in the Yukon. There was participation from community members, providers and other officials throughout all aspects of the research. For the full report see: Access to Health Service Report March 2010 - Improving Access to Health Services.

Training Policy Committee

Local Organization

Provided By: Training Policy Committee

The Training Policy Committee (TPC) was created out of Chapter 28 of the Umbrella Final Agreement. It supports capacity building initiatives that develop knowledge, capabilities and skills to enable (directly or indirectly) the implementation of Yukon First Nations’ Final Agreements and Self-Government Agreements. We do this by providing funding; initiating, championing, and coordinating projects; and acting as a hub of knowledge, expertise, and resources.