Building strong communities focus of workshop at Potlotek
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.
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.