1st Community Planning Session: Aug 3, 2011 – Project Introduction
This was the first Nak’azdli community planning session. the meeting was hosted at the Nak’azdli Kwah Hall from 1 pm – 3 pm.
the purpose of this session was to inform and create awareness among the community members about the comprehensive community plan & process, and give them an opportunity to ask questions and provide their ideas and opinions on how they would like to see the planning process happen. Approximately + community members attend throughout the day.
discussion sessions and exercises were conducted on the topics of identifying a vision, goals, objectives, projects, activities, and issues that effect the community as a whole.
The following presentations were provided at the session:
2nd Community Planning Session: October 13, 2011 – Social Development
This was the 2nd community planning session and focused on the topic of social development and social issues. the session was hosted at the Nak’azdli Kwah Hall from 1 pm – 3 pm.
The purpose of this session was to discuss the importance of relationships/partnership building between the Nak’azdli and local Fort St. James Social Services; to provide an overview of the programs offered through the Nak’azdli band social service department; and, to engage with Nak’azdli band members on addressed in the community plan.
Approximately 4+ community members attended throughout the day. There was also 7 guest presenters from The College of New Caledonia, Nechako Valley Community Service Society, Fire-weed Safe Haven, Nezul Be Hunuyeh Child and Family Services, Ministry of Children and Family Development, and the Nak’azdli R.C.M.P. Liaison Officer.
The Following presentation was provides at the session
3rd Community Planning Session: November 26, 2011 – Land & Resources
This was the 3rd community planning session and focused on the topic of Land & Resources. The session was hosted at the Nak’azdli Kwah Hall from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm.
The purpose of this session was to discuss potential Natural Resource management projects and activities, goals and objectives, and issues that Nak’azdli Band members would like to see achieves/addressed in the community plan. approximately 22 community members attended.
A formal presentation was not provided at this session
4th community planning session: January 26, 2012 – Health
This was the 4th community planning session and focused on the topic of Health. the session was hosted at Nak’azdli Kwah Hall from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
The purpose of this session was to provide an overview of Nak’azdli’s 1 year Health Plan, and to obtain feedback on how to address some current gaps within the community through health programming and activities.
Approximately 25+ community members attended throughout thee day. A big thank-you to Ruby Alexander and Leah Erickson for Helping throughout the day and to Samwitche’s Concession for providing the excellent catering service!
The following presentation was provided at the session
5th Community Planning Session: March 15, 2012 – Economic Development
The community planning session was hosted at the Nak’azdli Kwah Hall from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
The focus was on community economic development and provided and opportunity for community members to come and learn about the economic development is; about Nak’azdli’s 5 year Development Plan; how to start your own business; and to hear about the local band members experience in starting up her non-timber forest product business.
Approximately 3 community members attended throughout the day. A big thank-you to Lea Erickson and April Thomas for helping throughout the day and colleen Tom for providing catering services!
the following presentations were provided at the session:
The 6th Community planning session was focused on Housing & Infrastructure and was hosted at Nak’azdli Kwah Hall from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
The purpose of the meeting was to create further awareness on the community planning and to gather feedback from community members. the points of discussion included 1) Past housing planning session ideas; 2) current housing situation; 3) how would the community members like to deal with the arrears process 4) Should Nak’azdli look into building off-reserve land; 5) Should the current housing moratorium be removed or remain in effect; 6) Where should Nak’azdli develop future housing and buildings; 7) What type of housing and buildings should be built in the future; 8) Importance of house insurance; and 9) Replacement reserves for all homes.
Approximately 2 community members attended the session. A big thank-you to Leah Erickson and April Thomas for helping during the session.
The following presentations were provided at the session
The 7th community planning Session was focused on Employment & Education and hosted at Nak’azdli Kwah Hall from 1 pm – 3 pm.
The session provided an opportunity for community members to come and learn about local employment and education services offered by Nak’azdli Band and Fort St. James, BC and, to provide their ideas towards the development of Nak’azdli long-term community plan [ also referred to as the Comprehensive Community Plan(C.C.P.)]
Representatives from Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (P.G.N.E.A.T.A.), the Fort Outreach Employment services and the Fort St. James College of New Caledonia (C.N.C.) Campus attended and provided guest presentations on the service and programs they offer. Amelia Stark, Nak’azdli Employment & Training Services (N.E.T.S.) Manager provided a presentation and overview of N.E.T.S. services, success, and available employment opportunities in the local area. Mark Prince, Nak’azdli Education Administrator provided an update overview of Education Department Services.
Presentations were followed by “Wold Cafe” style breakout discussion groups with community members. All ho participated provided their feedback on 5 questions pertaining to goals, programs & activities, challenges, potential solutions and success stories that they would like to see acknowledged, addressed and/or included in the development of our long-term Comprehensive Community Plan (C.C.P.).
Approximately 32 people attended and participated. Thank-you to Leah Erickson and Darlene Hingley for helping throughout the day and to Euphrasia (Deetsa) Quewuzance for providing the soup and bannock! Many thanks to the Nak’azdli staff & committee members for their support and direction in coordinating this session, and to the Nak’azdli Education Program for donating an I-Pad which was drawn at the end of the meeting.
The following presentation was provided at the session
8th Community open-house October 18, 2012
Upon closing of the Nak’azdli Sustainable Community Plan Framework review process a Community Planning Open-House Session was hosted on October 18, 2012 at the Kwah Hall from 2 pm – 6 pm. The purpose of this open-house was to inform the community members of the proposed goals, objectives, programs and activities to included in the long-term community plan; to provide an opportunity for members to ask questions; and to provide members with a chance to vote on the goals that matter most to them.
The open-house was well attended and very helpful in providing further direction on the development of the community plan framework.
A formal presentation was not provided at this session.