Coady Institute is based in the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. It is one of the few educational organizations in Canada that has specific and focused niche programming for leadership and community development for Indigenous communities locally and globally. For 60 years, we have been engaging with emerging and established Indigenous leaders from across Canada and developing countries around the world.
Coady Institute promotes sustainable, practical and culturally respectful approaches to development practice. We engage Indigenous facilitators and program staff to lead this vital work and involve advisors, Mentors and Elders in program design and delivery. We invite key Indigenous leaders and experts to engage in dialogues with our participants, as well as the STFX and surrounding communities. Informed by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada and the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals, our work supports and equips Indigenous leaders as they bring about the changes they want for themselves and their communities.
Building on Abundance in Indigenous Communities
By the end of the course, you will identify changes you want to see in your community or organization and create an engagement plan to begin putting your plan into practice.
Indigenous Women in Leadership
This seven-week course will provide you with opportunities to learn and explore the abundance of strengths and gifts that live within you and your community. This course reflects Indigenous teachings, relational leadership models, and approaches. Principles and tools are also shared.
Indigenous Women in Community Leadership
This program is grounded in relational practices and mentorship opportunities that will build upon your already trusted leadership capacities for community-led, community-driven development.
Indigenous Approach to Asset-based, Community-driven Development (IABCD): Principles, Methods & Tools for Practice
These workshops, open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit participants residing in Canada, will provide an Indigenous approach to community-driven development and include the introduction of practical and straightforward community-building tools.
You will be able to bring these tools back to your community/organization and immediately implement them. The workshops will introduce you to IABCD principles, methods and tools for community-driven actions.
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Projects and Partnerships
Further Education Society of Alberta – Going the Distance Project
Led by FESA, Coady provides support to this unique and innovative project that addresses the under-representation of Indigenous populations in the labor force by supporting businesses in the Tourism and Hospitality industry. The GD project helps develop a better understanding of workplace Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) needs and then design solutions to address these needs. Coady graduates are involved in the design and delivery of Asset-based Community Development workshops for Indigenous communities involved and other adult education supports as needed.
For more information, see: https://www.furthered.ca/going-the-distance
Nobel Women’s Initiative – Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program
Coady Institute is pleased to partner with Nobel Women’s Initiative on their Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program. Each year the program brings five grassroots young women activists from around the world to Ottawa, Canada for six weeks of hands-on communications and advocacy training. The Sister-to-Sister Mentorship program has supported young women activists from Sudan, South Sudan, Liberia, Burma, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. These young women are at the forefront of movements to promote peace, justice and equality in their communities. Since 2016, Coady has provided support for a young Indigenous woman activist from a First Nations, Métis or Inuit community to participate in the program. Cohorts come to Coady for a one-week leadership workshop during the Program.
For more information, see: https://nobelwomensinitiative.org/category/sister-to-sister/
Pembina Institute – Applying an energy-focused Asset Based Community Development framework in remote Indigenous communities
The Pembina Institute in partnership with the Coady Institute is engaging with selected remote Indigenous communities in Canada to develop and evaluate a new approach to community engagement that combines the internationally recognized Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) framework with community energy planning processes. The goal is a new hybrid framework for energy planning and economic development that identifies and mobilizes the often unrecognized strengths and assets in a remote Indigenous community. We will explore if this more advanced framework, with its roots in international development, can facilitate deeper connections and community engagement resulting in successful clean energy and diesel reduction projects. Coady graduates and their communities are involved in this project.
For more information, see: https://www.pembina.org/
Now Open | 2023 Sister-to-Sister Program
The Sister-to-Sister program brings together young feminist leaders – sisters – in an intensive program which fosters crucial solidarity, support and sisterhood, to better equip them for their ongoing work.
Feminist Leadership for capabilities, ecology and transformation
This course aims to inspire and empower people of all genders across the world to engage in purposeful and justice-oriented leadership, and to design ways to inculcate processes, systems, and structures in the communities you are engaged with.
Graduate Support Networks in Zimbabwe
Saliwe Mutetwa-Zakariya and Yeukai Muzezewa are part of a network of more than 100 Coady graduates in Zimbabwe, and though they live and work on opposite ends of the country, they share a common bond. They are dedicated advocates for women and girls’ empowerment through education, health, and business.