Developing a Sustainability Indicators System to Measure the Well-being of Winnipeg's First Nations Community: Framework Development and the Community Engagement Process (Preliminary Report)

By Christa Rust on July 22, 2008
First Nations people have been counted and studied since the time of early contact. The data that have been collected have largely been used to tell stories about First Nations people, not tell First Nations stories. Developing an indicator system for Winnipeg's First Nations community is an opportunity for the First Nations people of the city to tell their story.

Since 2007, IISD has been working with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) to measure the well-being of Winnipeg's First Nations community. Measures were sought to illuminate the current state of the urban First Nations community, what course the community is on, and how far the community is from its vision of the future. With this knowledge comes the power to effect positive change, celebrate success, and reconnect and empower the community.

The project was designed with a grassroots approach that directly engaged the community members to accurately frame, identify and measure the well-being of the community through a series of semi-structured forums. In these forums, First Nations people and their service sector providers were directly involved in helping us understand the community's issues and concerns.

This document, published in July 2008, is the second output of the joint project to develop a sustainability indicators system for Winnipeg's First Nations community. The document describes indicator framework selection, project methodology and the information collected throughout the community engagement process.

Report details

IISD, AMC, 2008