Aboriginal Communities

Aboriginal Communities

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Join this week’s Open Dialogue to discuss the issues and opportunities faced by Aboriginal Communities.

Describe your solution and learn from others.

  1. 829 days ago

    Alaa Sadik

    I have developed a new video sharing network, called PresentationTube [http://presentationtube.net] to encourage teachers and students record and share their video presentations in a new way. In a few weeks, the network has attracted thousands of teachers, virtual presenters, e-learning instructors, business professionals and students from around the world. The network has two components: a desktop recorder and sharing network. The recorder synchronizes a variety of visual aids, including presenter’s audio and video, PowerPoint slides, drawing board, whiteboard and web browser to generate video presentations ready for uploading to PresentationTube network. The network allows presenters to publish their video presentations and involve the audience via scrollable slide thumbnails, comments, and quizzes. Video presentations can be used in regular classrooms, flipped classrooms, home revisions, e-learning courses, blended learning environments, distance education settings, virtual conferences, and business orientations.



  2. 836 days ago

    Sarah Mintz

    The discussion is not over yet! This dialogue will remain active, so please continue sharing comments with the greater community.



  3. 838 days ago

    Megan Read

    I’m interested in Aboriginal place names as a way to reconnect and provide intercultural connections in BC.



  4. 841 days ago

    Kathy Waddell

    The Huu-ay-aht First Nation is a self-governing treaty nation. One of the biggest challenges for us has been to help people to make the shift of being owned by the government to being the owners of the government. Empowering people to take ownership in their lives (health, economy, land and homes, etc.) has been an ongoing journey. For some people, it is not a matter of shifting thier thinking, they have already done that. It’s about providing them with the support, tools and knowledge to continue succeeding. And at times, the tool may even be just a hammer and nails! Our community is isolated and semi-remote. Many people have been living in poverty. Suddenly, through Treaty, they are responsible and liable for maintaining their homes and yards. We aim to provide them with the basics. Tools that can be lent out, workshops to teach basic home maintenance skills and information about safe use of those tools.



  5. 842 days ago

    Swan Bay Rediscovery

    Swan Bay Rediscovery Program’s “Canoe Journeys” is facilitated out of Skidegate, in remote Haida Gwaii. The program targets all youth, but is of particular importance to youth at risk. Canoe Journeys- Ways of knowing is a curriculum that is being implemented at the high school level, School District #50 (Queen Charlotte Secondary), involving other organizations such as Skidegate Health Centre, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Queen Charlotte Detachment), Northern Health Authority (Counseling) and Swan Bay Rediscovery Program Society have come together to develop and plan a community effort to prevent mental health and substance use issues while addressing other crime related issues faced by youth while incorporating physical activity and traditional knowledge.



    • Sarah Mintz

      Thanks for sharing, Swan Bay, and congratulations on being an early investment recipient! I am curious if you think a program like SBR could scale or be replicated in other communities. Are there other programs similar to Canoe Journeys that you are aware of?

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  6. 842 days ago

    Alia Noelle Lamaadar

    The CleanTech Community Gateway (www.ctcg.org) is a non-profit that helps rural and remote communities to transition towards green economies based on local resources. Approximately half of the remote communities in Canada are comprised of Aboriginal populations. The huge amount of interest seen each year in BC’s First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund, designed to provide Aboriginal communities with assistance in developing clean and renewable energy opportunities, is a real testament to the innovation that exists in these communities. CTCG’s belief is that when driven by the community, renewable energy projects have the potential to offer Aboriginal communities economic self-sufficiency that is in line with the communities’ culture and history, while generating power with a small environmental footprint.



  7. 843 days ago

    Sarah Mintz

    Welcome Community Builders! Please tell us about your work. What are the trends, challenges and opportunities that you are experiencing?