Building Resilience and Capacity With Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, 41 pages, October 13, 2022
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This report captures contemporary theory and practices associated with community resilience assessment and planning. It assesses their applicability to and effectiveness within the context of remote Indigenous communities.

Document Highlights

  • Each community is unique. Culturally and historically appropriate engagement strategies are necessary to identify each community’s level of resilience alongside its vulnerabilities.
  • Natural hazards and disasters have big impacts on remote Indigenous communities due to their interconnectedness and interdependence with the surrounding environment.
  • Understanding the role of ecological systems in remote community resilience is critical to successful disaster preparedness.
  • While understanding vulnerabilities and risks is important, every community also has strengths that can be leveraged to support disaster management planning and resilience. Building on what people already know and do well leads to simple, implementable resilience enhancement strategies.
  • Resilience assessment tools must be carefully selected for use in remote Indigenous communities. At a minimum, any tool should be comprehensive, flexible, subject to iterative improvement, and inclusive enough to engage all relevant stakeholders and individuals.
  • Remote Indigenous communities need support to remain resilient, so effective collaboration with jurisdictional partners is essential.
  • Meaningfully implementing resilience plans and strategies is key to achieving impactful outcomes. Yet implementation can be a stumbling block and more emphasis is needed on plan implementation and funding.
  • No single methodology for resilience assessment and planning will work across all contexts and communities. But adaptive resilience planning frameworks rooted in best practices show promise.

Table of Contents

Key Findings
Background and Project Partners
Acknowledging and Thanking Our Community Partners
Recognizing the Diversity of Indigenous Communities and Nations in Canada
The Theoretical Landscape: What Did We Learn?
Defining Resilience
The Strengths and Challenges That Influence Indigenous Community Resilience
The Community Disaster Resilience Planning Process Backgrounder
Overarching Findings and the Path Ahead
Evolving Theory and Planning Tools: How Do They Fit With Our Findings?
Indigenous Community Planning Processes
Learning From the COVID-19 Pandemic
Community-Based Work
Adapting the ADRPF
The Unique Strengths and Assets of Our Partners
Lessons for a Best-Practice Strategy

Appendix A—Tools Summary

Appendix B—Tools Application

Appendix C—Methodology

Appendix D—Bibliography

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