Call it inspiring, call it a movement, or call it an opportunity to change outdated, negative ideas about Canada’s Indigenous people into amazing, hope-filled success stories.
The three-day Wise Practices in Indigenous Community Development Symposium that starts tonight at The Banff Centre is all of these things, says Brian Calliou, who has led a two-and-a-half year research project on wise practices under the auspices of Aboriginal Leadership and Management here at the Centre.
Four Aboriginal communities in Alberta opened their doors to research teams, and also welcomed a group of Aboriginal youth who visited the communities to document their own impressions, and to gain inspiration for their own future paths.
Detailed case studies on the four communities will be shared at the symposium in speeches, presentations, and in a new documentary video that portrays the hard work and determination behind the Alberta Indian Investment Corporation, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Métis Crossing, and Mikisew Group of Companies.
The idea behind the research project is to provide other Indigenous communities in Alberta, Canada, and beyond with practical, useful tools and the inspiration that it often takes to start new business, community, and economic development ventures.
Listen in as Brian Calliou talks with me about the exciting dialogue that is beginning here at The Banff Centre at the wise practices symposium.