Build­ing strong com­mu­ni­ties fo­cus of work­shop at Pot­lotek

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SYD­NEY — The First Na­tion com­mu­nity of Pot­lotek (Chapel Is­land) re­cently part­nered with the Unama’ki Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice (UEBO) to de­liver a day­long se­ries of busi­ness work­shops.

The ti­tle for the work­shops was “Let’s Build Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties,” or “Ke L’tunej Naji Mlkik­naql Wu­tan­i­mal” in Mi’kmaq. Work­shops in­cluded en­trepreneur­ship and econ­omy build­ing, ca­reer plan­ning and best prac­tices in com­mu­nity eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity and the Saint Mary’s Uni­ver­sity busi­ness de­vel­op­ment cen­tres pre­sented on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment best prac­tices and the power of com­mu­nity in­clu­sion and iden­ti­fy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through as­set map­ping.

Par­tic­i­pants were also briefed on the con­cept of “two-eyed see­ing.” Al­bert Mar­shall, an elder from Eska­soni, along with Ch­eryl Bartlett from CBU, ex­plained how this refers to the process of learn­ing how to see from one eye with the strengths of in­dige­nous knowl­edge and then from the other eye with the strengths of the west­ern knowl­edge and then us­ing them both to­gether.

Lind­say Mar­shall, di­rec­tor of CBU’s Mi’kmaq Col­lege In­sti­tute also pre­sented on col­lab­o­ra­tive goal set­ting and the im­por­tance of work­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity to reach com­mon goals and di­rec­tions through mu­tual re­spect and in­clu­sion.

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the work­shops in­cluded Lind­say Mar­shall, Pot­lotek di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Nancy MacLeod, the Pot­lotek na­tive em­ploy­ment of­fice’s Diane Basque, UEBO job coach of­fi­cer Alyssia Jed­dore, and Robert Bernard, UEBO pro­cure­ment and com­mu­nity busi­ness li­ai­son of­fi­cer.

Sub­mit­ted by Owen Fitzger­ald

The First Na­tion com­mu­nity of Pot­lotek (Chapel Is­land) part­nered with the Unama’ki Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice to de­liver a day-long se­ries of busi­ness work­shops. On hand for the event were di­rec­tor of CBU’s Mi’kmaq Col­lege In­sti­tute Lind­say Mar­shall, from left, Eska­soni elder Al­bert Mar­shall, CBU pro­fes­sor Ch­eryl Bartlett, and Robert Bernard, pro­cure­ment and com­mu­nity busi­ness li­ai­son of­fi­cer with the Unama’ki Eco­nomic Ben­e­fits Of­fice.

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