Canada needs policies and programs to alleviate aboriginal poverty that is grounded in common sense and the acceptance of responsibility. It is time for the federal government to quit “passing the buck” and its time for everyone to accept their share or responsibility: the federal government, aboriginal government, the provincial governments and individual Canadians-both aboriginal and non-aboriginal. It is time for everyone involved to accept responsibility. We must find new and improved ways of doing business. A Conservative Government will show unprecedented leadership in addressing issues affecting Aboriginal Canadians, but success requires equal resolve from the other stakeholders. —Prime Minister Stepehen Harper, January 10, 2006
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DISPARITY OF ABORIGINAL CANADIANS
- Many Aboriginal communities struggle with social, economic and infrastructure problems. Basics such as clean water are missing in a number of communities.
- Young people are dropping out of high school at much higher rates than in non-Aboriginal communities.
- A number of communities have been devastated by high levels of youth suicide.
- Governments, communities and leaders are already devoting a lot of energy and resources to addressing this disparity but the efforts are often fragmented.
A NEW INNOVATIVE WAY TO FIND SOLUTIONS
- A partnership of Aboriginal communities and leaders, private sector and government is being formed.
- Forming new ways to engage Aboriginal youth through improving the quality of life in their communities.
- Using and advancing a systemic, creative, participative social technology for solving high complex problems.
- Starting in British Columbia with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and then to the prairie region and a third initiative to be identified in another region of Canada.
- The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. and Governments in partnership with Generon and Synergos has identified the engagement of Aboriginal youth as a Leadership Initiative. Generon,www.globalleadershipinitiative.org
APPROACH TO SOLVING SOCIETAL PROBLEMS IS RADICALLY DISTINCTIVE
Who will do the problem-solving work:
- Leaders from all three sectors: governmental and inter-governmental, Aboriginal communities and business organizations.
- Stakeholders brought together with experts and authorities.
- Business role: building better community relationships, capacity for complex problem solving and assisting to build the work force of the future.
SUMMARY OF STRATEGY TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM
- Challenge: the many initiatives and actions of governments and some private sector are not achieving economic and social parity nor engaging Aboriginal youth.
- Response: bring together leaders of all of the key stakeholder groups, from governments, business and community based organizations and Aboriginal communities to understand, develop and implement breakthrough systemic innovations through the use of a new innovative social technology.
- Objective: to engage youth through creating healthy communities.
THE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE IS AN APPLICATION OF THE “U-PROCESS,” A SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY FOR ADDRESSING HIGHLY COMPLEX CHALLENGES
- In Germany to reinvent the local health care system. Society for Organized Learning, www.dialogonleadership.org
- In South Africa to help the ANC make decisions respecting how to govern. Sustainability Institute, www.sustainabilityinstitute.net
- In Guatemala to bring together key people following the civil war. United Nations Development Programme, www.undp.org
- To have sustainable food production. The Sustainable Food Laboratory,www.glifood.org Sustainability Institute, www.sustainabilityinstitute.org
- To significantly reduce child malnutrition in Bhavishya, India starting now. The Synergos Institute, www.synergos.org
For more information on the Indigenous Leadership Initiative contact:
The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.
1075 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R8
Phone: (204) 940-1700 • Fax: (204) 940-1719