Held August 20 - 23, 2017, SCI's fourth Experiential Learning Initiative Gathering was hosted this year on Chipewyan Prairie First Nation traditional territory at Little Big Lake by the Sekweha Youth Centre. Participants included youth from Sekweha Youth Centre, Lake Athabasca Youth Council, elders, community members, SCI partners and guests from various organizations. The Gathering included traditional cultural activities such as beading, traditional food preparation, Dene and Cree language lessons, and more.
This summer marked the third annual ELI Gathering, an opportunity for youth to "Walk in Two Worlds". This year the camp focused on activities for youth, as well as including them in the work planning process for 2017.
Please download and read Sustainable Community Initiative's (SCI) second annual report. This report strives to showcase our progress in 2015 through storytelling. We hope you enjoy the report and we invite you to follow SCI's progress as we meet our vision.
The list of quotes about the power of practice is endless. From Bruce Lee to Gandhi to Artistole, they all have poignant (and proven true) messages about the benefits of practice.
In January 2017, SCI collaboratively decided to move forward with a new model, called the “In-Community” model. SCI was originally created to give community groups LAYC and Sekweha support and solid footing to grow on their own. The structure of SCI was to wind down after 2018, therefore the need for a new model was chosen.
The In-Community model is a way of working that has each community organization operating independently of each other with the support of their associated partners, and collaborating with each other on projects when they would like to. There is no central support, as has been the way with SCI since its inception.
The significance of this change in SCI’s 2018 partnerships means that this is “The Year of Practice.”
What does that mean?
In the spirit of collaboration, there is an understanding that this long-standing partnership deserves respect as the community organizations leap out on their own in 2019. Together, SCI partners will be practicing the various components of transition towards the In-Community model. These include:
- Partner Management
- Executing Work
Supportive movement over the course of months has community and company members partnered up on each of the transition components above. Together they will be answering key questions that relate to transition, trying out new and different ways of working, and ultimately practicing throughout the year what it means for LAYC and Sekweha to have full management of their operations.
It is expected that into 2019 and beyond, the relationships formed between the community and company members will continue, perhaps even with the addition of new company members interested in supporting LAYC and Sekweha.
If you are interested in working with either community, please contact us! We’d be happy to share information.