Where are you with incorporating Indigenous consideration on projects?
Have you have read, “21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act” by Bob Joseph? If you have not read it, I highly recommend. It’s a #1 National Best Seller, easy 160 pages. I am grateful to Bob Joseph for this book, which is one of the best resources available.
Professionals in the industry are asking, “How do we meaningfully incorporate reconciliation into our work on projects”?
Every relationship is different and so, who, what, when, where, and how we engage will vary greatly for every project and in every context. Therefore, it is critical to remain curious by listening to ideas in early discussions with Indigenous stakeholders on projects.
Reconciliation can be uncomfortable and incorporating Indigenous input requires courage and creativity.
The pandemic and recent acknowledgement of the unmarked graves of Indigenous children in residential schools has disproportionally impacted many Indigenous people, communities, and organizations. There has been tremendous turnover and burnout in staff in Indigenous organizations. This is adding complexity in meaningfully addressing reconciliation.
My company Channel helps project leaders work with government to navigate the approvals process. Increasingly our projects are doing beautiful work with Indigenous stakeholders.
Here are four tips that I offer clients taking the first step to incorporate Indigenous considerations into their projects:
- Focus on listening, connecting with people, and building trust.
- Make sure your ask of people’s time is thoughtful and considerate.
- Show integrity with consistency in your actions and words.
Foster a safe and supportive learning environment for all parties
I acknowledge the privilege that I bring to this work as a white, 4th-generation settler and that I have blind spots. I welcome your feedback.
Where are you with incorporating Indigenous considerations on projects?