eDemocracy Webinar Series - Social

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3:22 - Host Andrea Reimer introduces webinar guests.

4:02 - Marissa Lawrence talks about CEDI, a co-delivered program by CANDO (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) and FCM (Federation of Community Municipalities). The program brings together First Nations and municipalities to create sustainable, respectful, and equitable relationships, and build capacity to do long-term joint planning.

8:44 - Marissa discusses the importance of both building relationships, maintaining and “practicing” those relationships as steps towards reconciliation.

14:29 -Shaun Loney talks about the social enterprise work he does as “creating markets for solutions” and the philosophy behind it: “We need to use business tools, but really stay firmly planted in the non-profit philosophy and ethos. The love, kindness, and compassion that makes the world go round.”

19:05 -Ginger Gosnell-Myers details the key role that relationship building plays in the work she does, and the importance of a “co-learning approach” to collaboration.

21:53 - Ben West applies Ginger’s discussion of co-learning approaches to the work he does through the eDemocracy Network in partnership with Indigenous communities.

27:38 - Ginger outlines the first steps for local governments initiating partnerships with neighbouring Indigenous communities. “Find out where there’s alignment between what they’re working towards, and what you want to bring to the table.”

30:26 - Ben builds upon Ginger’s points by discussing the importance of building partnerships with First Nations that are non-transactional, and extending beyond business motives to foster long-term and focused on relationship building.

41:33 - Shaun elaborates on the work he does in partnership with First Nations, emphasizing that it is community-focused. “It’s the social enterprises that work with First Nations communities and I’m just there to support these activities.”

47:25 - Ginger emphasizes the importance of building Indigenous knowledge through collaboration and applying that knowledge to system change.  “I think we see a lot of checkbox activities for groups who want to say that they reached out to First Nations and engaged, but did it in a disingenuous way and we have to remember that part of our outcome is building Indigenous knowledge.”

56:26 - Marissa discusses how to approach collaboration opportunities. “Identify the gaps in your knowledge and work to fit them and as non-indigenous people, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The relationship is going to bring up a lot of discomfort… internal discomfort but also the discomfort as you reflect on the systems that be, and who they serve and who they harm.”


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