Building Resilience and Capacity With Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada

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Building Resilience and Capacity With Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada

Indigenous & Northern Communities
Pages:41 pages69 min read

Author: Jane Cooper, Stefan Fournier


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.

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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.

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