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1 Ka Kniwitiyaa (Our Thinking): ʔ Aq̓am Community Strategic Plan

2 About ʔ aq ʾ am aqam : the people of the dense forest, also known as St. Marys aqam : the people of the dense forest, also known as St. Marys –a member Community of the Ktunaxa Nation –located near Cranbrook BC 356 Band members 356 Band members 59 Homes 59 Homes 7461 hectares 7461 hectares

3 Why did ʔ Aq̓am create a Community Strategic Plan? New Leadership in 2009 Strategic direction was required Move from staff lead to Community lead A desire to be proactive

4 Our Unique Approach Community lead (James & Denni) Community lead (James & Denni)

5 Our Unique Approach Community engagement Community engagement Family meetings, priority area focus sessions Family meetings, priority area focus sessions Elders session - Elder Leo Williams Elders session - Elder Leo Williams

6 Community Engagement Be Grateful Be Grateful Value their time Value their time Value their input Value their input Awesome Prizes Awesome Prizes Great Food Great Food

7 Community Engagement

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9 Successes What worked well and why? Strategic Direction, A Road map Strategic Direction, A Road map Youth Community member lead Youth Community member lead Community engagement Community engagement Annual Community Celebration Annual Community Celebration Incorporating Ktunaxa Language Incorporating Ktunaxa Language

10 Challenges and Lessons Learned Meeting Fatigue Meeting Fatigue Valuing everyones input Valuing everyones input Funding Funding No pole gets left behind No pole gets left behind Determining priorities Determining priorities

11 Implementation Champions Identified Champions Identified Quarterly Champions meetings Quarterly Champions meetings Annual Celebrations Annual Celebrations Annual Report Annual Report Organizational Development Organizational Development

12 OUR VISION A vibrant, healthy community, speaking our language, governing effectively, maximizing our lands and resources for the benefit of future generations and all living things, in a manner consistent with qanikiti (our values and principles)

13 vthomas@aqam.net Vickie Thomas, Chief Operating Officer Contact us: www.aqam.net


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