Community Engagement - Tips, Techniques, and Virtual Tools
Presenting Organization: RC
Learning about different methods of engaging your community has never been more important. Whether your community is interested, developing or implementing a Land Code, creating plans, or making land-use decisions, there are many considerations for designing a robust community engagement strategy that will work in favour of achieving your community’s priorities. The Resource Centre will discuss tools, tips, and techniques that have worked to engage communities, build awareness around a topic, plan or project and bring people together in different ways, including virtual tools, that you can take back and utilize in your own community engagement strategies.
- Bonnie Hill, First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre
- Adam Wright, First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre
- Jeremy Bonhomme, First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre
- Wenona Gordon, Manager of Lands, Williams Lake First Nation
Bonnie Hill - Land Code Governance Advisor BC
Bonnie is a proud member of T’Sou-ke First Nation on Southern Vancouver Island and resides in the village of Siaosun. For 17 years Bonnie worked with her Nation in their efforts to create sustainable systems of Governance including management of lands and resources, cultural revitalization and food security. In 2015, Bonnie accepted a position with the Resource Centre as a Developmental and Operational Support Technician. She assists Nations on Vancouver Island and in northern BC to develop and implement their Land Codes. In addition to taking an active role in her community, Bonnie most enjoys spending time with her three grown children and extended family. Most of the time, she can be found at her desk, but in her down time, beachcombing and live music are on the agenda!
Adam Wright - Planner, Land Code Governance
Adam Wright is a registered professional planner (RPP, MCIP) and works as a Land Code Governance Planner with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre. Over the past 10+ years, Adam’s work has spanned various sectors including private, non-profit, government and academia with a focus on the planning and consultation processes that regulate and guide land development on First Nations’ land. In his role with the Resource Centre, Adam provides land-use planning and lands governance support to signatory First Nations communities including; Community Planning, Natural Resource Management, Regional Planning, Capacity Development and Policy Review & Development. Having been raised, educated and employed on Treaty 7 lands in Alberta and Treaty 3 lands in Ontario, Adam has a tremendous sense of gratitude for the land and to the First Peoples from these lands. Through his work at the LABRC, Adam is honoured to support First Nations with respect to their lands governance and community planning efforts and is thankful for the chance to continually learn. Adam currently lives in Calgary, Alberta (Treaty 7 lands) with his partner Danielle and their two daughters and newborn son.
Jeremy Bonhomme - Land Code Governance Advisor BC
Jeremy Bonhomme is a proud member of Atikameksheng Anishinawbek, a land code First Nation located in the Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory in Ontario and resides in the Syilx-Okanagan Territory in Kelowna, BC. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and General Management Degree from Lakehead University and is working towards his Emergency Management Certification at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Jeremy joined the Resource Centre in 2017 as a Land Code Governance Advisor, and worked in the Ontario and Atlantic region, before joining the team in British Columbia. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Jeremy was the Director of Lands and Community Development at Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek, a land code First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. He feels honoured to provide support to communities who are taking back control of their reserve lands.