Capacity Development

Capacity Development for UNSI member communities involves community-level projects and initiatives with the following overall purposes:

  • To assist member First Nations in developing, strengthening and maintain their capacity. This includes, but not limited to, the core functions of First Nations governments:
    • Leadership (e.g. First Nations/Indigenous Governance);
    • Membership;
    • Law-making (e.g. by-laws, understanding legislation, policies, etc.);
    • Community involvement (e.g. community engagement, communications, etc.);
    • External relations;
    • Planning and risk management (e.g., community planning, strategic Planning);
    • Financial management;
    • Human resources management;
    • Information management and information technology;
    • Basic administration.
  • To support the facilitation of knowledge transfer and/or expertise:
    • Training/workshops around core functions and/or other areas;
    • Provide tools and other support;
    • Assist/support policy development/research.
  • To support member First Nations in setting and achieving their own development objectives:
    • Needs Assessment: support setting development priorities;
    • Support development of strategic, community plan, and other planning.

UNSI changes from Advisory Services to Capacity Development in light of 2014 Tribal Council Policy Amendment

Before INAC amendments to Tribal Council Program policy in 2014, UNSI offered advisory services to member First Nations in four areas: 1) Legal, 2) Economic Development, 3) Environment, and 4) Strategic Planning.  Amendments resulted in significant funding cuts and required UNSI to focus on capacity development.

UNSI has since restructured in three (3) phases to adjust to these changes:

1)  Staff titles under the Tribal Council Program changed from “Advisor” to “Community Capacity Development Officer” (CCDO). Whereas the overall objective was now on Capacity Development, capacity development activities remained focused on Economic Development, Environment and Strategic Planning, with the addition of CCDO-Governance replacing the Legal Advisor role (May 2014);

2)  Activities across the four areas merged under a single umbrella focused on capacity development. Using a team approach, CCDOs began working together (side-by-side) on capacity development activities (June 2016);

3)  The Director of Capacity Development appointed to manage the Capacity Development team. CCDO staff titles changed to Capacity Development Coordinators that will work with communities to coordinate capacity development activities at the community level using a project management approach (May 2017).

 

 

Contact our Capacity Development department

Joan Sack – Director

Email: joansack@unsi.ns.ca
Phone:
(902) 401-4421
Fax: (902)
Address: 87 Millbrook Avenue, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada B2V OA1


Kirstin Ward – Capacity Development Coordinator

Email: kward@unsi.ns.ca
Telephone:
(902) 539-4107 (ext: 211)
Fax:
(902) 564-2137
Address: 
201 Churchill Drive – Suite 304, Membertou, Nova Scotia B1S 0H1

Mallery Denny – Capacity Development Coordinator

Email: maldenny@unsi.ns.ca
Telephone:
(902) 539-4107 (ext: 211)
Fax:
(902) 564-2137
Address: 
201 Churchill Drive – Suite 304, Membertou, Nova Scotia B1S 0H1