Catching the Dream: Building Resilient Community in the North

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by pmnationtalk on October 1, 20181695 Views

Inuit Ilagiit Society is a small community organization focused on building a resilient and strong community by eliminating hunger and creating economic opportunities. However, as a small community organization, it has very little resources to train volunteers, look for funding and create processes to ensure sustainability.

Over several years, CESO has worked with Inuit Ilagiit Society to fill these gaps and develop capacity of stakeholders to improve their operations and reach their strategic objectives. CESO worked with the community organization to train volunteer board members on good governance and accountability. CESO experts provided training to implement a financial management system. The training was tailored to the needs of the organization based on funding requirements from the Government of Nunavut. The training helped the Society’s leadership to prove their financial health and earn ‘Good Standing’ status, which is an essential requirement for continued funding with the territorial government.

In the beginning of this year, Inuit Ilagiit Society and community partners, including CESO, held an intensive workshop to produce a five-year operational plan on addressing mental health and wellness. It was a monumental initiative led by local community leaders and supported by CESO experts in creating concrete and actionable plans toward a more resilient and healthy community.

At CESO, we believe every First Nations, Metis and Inuit community deserve to prosper and grow, and have the opportunity to do so based on their traditions. We’re here to support these communities and organizations, like Inuit Ilagiit Society, to diversify their skills and increase their capacity for sustainable economic development.

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