Community wellness represents a balance between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This wholistic concept of wellness is not easy to assess using conventional measurement tools and traditional data sets. This guide provides an approach to determining what wellness means in your community and provides steps and tools for the development of indicators of wellness, indicators that will show progress towards your community’s vision and overall health.
This toolkit was created to support First Nation communities in northern Ontario in their efforts to build a better future through Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP). The toolkit is specifically written for CCP project coordinators, project managers, and community planners and their partners. Much of the material will be helpful for Band Managers, staff, and Councillors who are trying to scope out and initiate a CCP. Many of the tools and the phase-by-phase process itself can be applied to other planning projects and to other communities, particularly First Nations across Canada.
The CCP Handbook breaks down comprehensive community planning into manageable stages for BC communities ready to tackle the planning process. You will find step-by-step descriptions of the entire process, and read about lessons learned by BC First Nations who have tested various approaches to community planning. The handbook includes practical tools to encourage community involvement and develop the plan based on the community’s vision and goals. The final section includes funding, educational and planning resources to support the development and implementation of your community’s plan.
This Guide to Planning and Reporting Standards captures some of the key learnings of First Nations communities that are leading the way in planning and reporting in British Columbia. It aims to bring forward emerging standards associated with planning and reporting in First Nations communities. These standards will make it possible for First Nations to truly focus on what is important to their community and Nation.