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Community Development in the Upper Skeena: Death Feasts and Transformative Change

Community Story by Doug Donaldson, Anne Docherty

To encourage innovative, technology-based learning, Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) created the Office of Learning Technologies (OLT) in 1996. In this community story Doug Donaldson and Anne Docherty describe how they secured OLT funds for a three-year action research project.

Donaldson and Docherty formed the Storytellers’ Foundation in 1994. They are part of the Gitxsan First Nation in the Upper Skeena, located in Northern British Columbia. Over the past decade the Foundation has engaged in research, planning, and project work to help understand and describe the Integrating Model (for community economic development) inherent in Gitxsan communities. For this particular project, the authors aimed to explore how using learning as an organizing principle helps mobilize and engage people as citizens, workers and family members in creating a healthy, sustainable community. Donaldson and Docherty elaborate on how they applied the Integrating Model and projects that emerged from their three-year study.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Doug Donaldson; Anne Docherty;
Publisher: Caledon Institute of Social Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Poverty
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Economic Development
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Economic Development / 2004
Policy Articles / Aboriginal / Poverty / 2004
Policy Articles / Aboriginal
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Poverty / 2004


Keywords / Tags:

technology-based learning; Human Resources Development Canada; Office of Learning Technologies; Storytellers Foundation; Upper Skeena; British Columbia; Gitxsan First Nations; Integrating Model for community economic development;