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Title: A Snapshot of Life in Remote Aboriginal Communities South of 60


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A Snapshot of Life in Remote Aboriginal
Communities South of 60
  • Nadia Ferrara, PhD
  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada,
  • Sustainable Communities Directorate
  • FNSDS Conference 2011
  • Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver, BC

2
Remote Communities Project
  • INAC, through its last Sustainable Development
    Strategy, committed to developing an
    understanding of the quality of life in remote
    communities south of 60th parallel
  • 3 year project focused on engaging Aboriginal
    people in defining what life is like in remote
    communities
  • Community workshops were held in 6 communities
    and an analysis followed on the values, meanings,
    and interpretations that they apply to their
    understanding of quality of life

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Community Workshops
  • Douglas First Nation (British Colombia)
  • Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach (Quebec)
  • Fond du Lac Denesuline Nation (Saskatchewan)
  • Gods Lake First Nation (Manitoba)
  • Kasabonika Lake First Nation (Ontario)
  • Fort Chipewyan Métis Association (Alberta)

4
Lessons Learned
  • Community workshops allowed us to summarize some
    lessons learned
  • strengths of these communities,
  • challenges they have to face,
  • foundational elements of quality of life,
  • how life at its best could look like in remote
    communities.
  • People within remote communities expressed
  • their pride about where they live,
  • their strong roots in the communities, and a
    solid foundation to help improve their quality of
    life.

5
Common Challenges and Limits
Issues
Hard infrastructure
Health and Wellness
Poor food choices
Soft infrastructure
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Common Strengths/Benefits
7
Common Quality of Life Tree
8
Fundamental Components of Quality of Life
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Quality of Life Tree
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Quality of Life at its Best
Common sub-roots Common leaves (vision)
Language Bigger community
Family Strong language fluently spoken
Education Clean environment
Traditional Activities Healthy families and people
Community Activities Wellness no drugs, alcohol, abuse
Healthy foods Self-government
Nature Paved road
Fish and animals More houses
Water Jobs for everyone / no social assistance
Alcohol and drug free Future economic development
Housing Everyone helping each other
Jobs Everyone getting along
11
  • A Community-based Conceptual Framework on Quality
    of Life in Remote Communities

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Policy Recommendations
  • Community participants raised a number of core
    recommendations throughout the research process.
  • While these recommendations are particularly
    relevant to the six remote Aboriginal communities
    that participated in the research process, they
    are likely also relevant to other remote and
    non-remote Aboriginal communities.
  • The recommendations include
  • Simplification of funding protocols and reporting
    requirements
  • Role of comprehensive community planning
  • Development of tools in INAC and other
    departments and
  • How communities access services through INAC and
    other government departments
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