A Guide to Community Engagement

British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Governance

In this third part of the BCAFN Governance Toolkit: A Guide to Nation Building, we explore the complex and often controversial subject of governance reform in our communities and ways to approach community engagement. The Governance Toolkit is intended as a resource for First Nations leadership. It provides a conceptual framework for engaging the citizens of First Nations on governance and the challenges of decolonization and moving through the metaphorical "post-colonial door."

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Wilson-Raybould, Jody and Tim Raybould. "A Guide to Community Engagement." Part 3. British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Governance Toolkit: A Guide to Nation Building. West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 2011. Tools. (https://www.bcafn.ca/sites/default/files/docs/BCAFN-Governance-Toolkit-Part-3-A-Guide-to-Community-Engagement.pdf, accessed, April 3, 2023)

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