The Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK supports the ecosystem of individuals and groups committed to improving the quality of life of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities living in the greater Montreal area.
Our members include community & volunteers, nonprofit organizations, governments and institutions, and some businesses.
We help the ecosystem:
- Share information and transfer knowledge;
- Prioritize needs;
- Develop joint projects to address gaps and reduce duplications;
- Create and strengthen partnerships.
History of the NETWORK
In October 2006 at the First Nations Socioeconomic Forum, the «Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec» proposed a partnership with the Canadian Federal Government and the Provincial Government of Quebec to “determine the specific needs of Aboriginal people living away from their communities” through conducting a needs assessment of the Montreal urban Aboriginal community.
As a result, the needs assessment was initiated by the «Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec» and carried out by Organizational Development Services (ODS) from December 2006 to March 2007. In 2008, the needs assessment was released and titled “Needs Assessment of the Aboriginal People in the Urban Setting of Montreal”. The main recommendation of the assessment was:
That all groups come together in an open forum and just meet, reconnecting with one another for the sole purpose of getting to know what and who is out there for them, making connections/contacts, allowing the people to discuss and determine what they want to achieve and how they want to do it, and given the proper support to carry this out.
Shortly after the needs assessment was released, the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal met with the City of Montreal to discuss organizing a community event to share the results with the community and provide the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation to allow for a better understanding on how to effectively work together to address the identified needs. It is within this context that the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network (NETWORK) was created. The NETWORK is comprised of voluntary sector groups, volunteers and government officials who work towards the vision to improve the quality of life of the Aboriginal population living in the greater Montreal area.
Following the community meeting led by the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, the NETWORK was established and determined that it would function based on the following interventions spheres:
– Employability and Education
– Social Services
Working Committees were created for each of these intervention spheres to allow for expertise to lend their knowledge on better ways of addressing the specific area. As such, to avoid duplication and allow for information sharing, a Steering Committee was created on which sits one representative per Working Committee and one member from each level of government.
The Government of Canada, through the Urban Aboriginal Strategy lent its support in collaboration with the Aboriginal community and local organizations, municipal and provincial governments and with the private sector to build on the work began by the needs assessment.
These partnerships helped to develop the capacity to enable the community to better address locally identified priorities.
The Steering Committee has twelve (12) seats. Steering Committee members may only represent one Working Committee on the Steering Committee at a time.
One seat is reserved for each Working Committee’s representative (Health, Social Services, ArtCulture, Employability & Education, Communications, and Youth). There are five additional seats for a representative from each level of government and administration (Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and Makivik Corporation) and one additional seat designated for an Elder.
Vicky Boldo was born in British Columbia and raised on Vancouver Island. She is a transracial adoptee from the ’60’s Scoop Era. Although she was placed for adoption at birth, she is a strong ally to the survivors of this time.
Meet the team that runs the NETWORK on a day to day basis!