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Aboriginal Co-operatives in Canada - Centre for the Study of Co ...

A B O R I G I N A L C O - O P E R A T I V E S I N C A N A D A ~Affairs Canada,* the Co-operatives Secretariat, the co-op sector, CANDO, and co-operativestudies specialists should be appointed to (a) develop a strategy and recommend an implementationprocess to foster the development of co-operatives within communities; and (b)oversee a series of initiatives aimed at increasing understanding of the co-operative modelamong Aboriginal peoples.2. There is a need for a “special survey” collecting information on all possible variablesaffecting the co-operatives (including financial co-operatives) and the community.3. The northern co-operative experience within Inuit, Inuvialuit, and Dene communities needsto be more completely examined, information on it compiled in accessible forms andcommunicated to Aboriginal peoples as much as possible by Inuit, Inuvialuit, and Deneleaders.4. A special symposium/workshop should be organized to expand understanding of existingAboriginal co-operatives and to explore the most likely areas of interest for futuredevelopment.5. Aboriginal people must be empowered to expand their understanding and development ofco-operatives in their community, be they on or off reserves.6. The Aboriginal Co-operative Co-ordinating Committee should prepare a plan—drawingupon the resources, financial and in kind, of government departments, Aboriginal organizations,and the co-operative sector—to create a cadre of trained co-operative organizersin different parts of Canada able to assist Aboriginal communities interested in studying andapplying the co-operative model to meet their economic and social needs.7. The Aboriginal Co-operative Co-ordinating Committee should consider how greater coordinationof all levels of government and government/sector initiatives for Aboriginal cooperativedevelopment might be achieved on a continuing basis. It should co-ordinate itsapproach with the development programmes of the Canadian Co-operative Association andthe Conseil Canadien de la Coopération.8. The Arctic federations of co-operatives should be consulted in the future development oftraining/education/promotion programmes. They have differing experiences and traditions,and many years of experience that should be used for the benefit of all Aboriginal cooperatives.9. There is a need to ascertain more completely the views and priorities of Aboriginaleconomic development organizations regarding the expansion of the co-operativemovement in Aboriginal communities.* Depending upon the date of certain written materials, this department is cited in this document as both Indian and NorthernAffairs Canada (INAC) and the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND). Both names are valid.DIAND is the older appellation and remains the legal title, required for legal correspondence. For other uses, INAC, as per theFederal Identity Program, is sufficient.6 ~ H A M M O N D K E T I L S O N / M A C P H E R S O N

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