WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CONSILIUM…
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With regret, gratitude and best wishes,
we say au revoir to Shannon Ward, the heart of Consilium
Yellowknife. After two years with Consilium, during
which she established our NWT office and headed up a
number of exciting self-government and social impact
assessment projects, Shannon will be taking a much
deserved holiday, doing some travelling, getting
married, and otherwise trying to fill the huge void that
Consilium will no doubt leave in her life. We wish all
the best to a valued colleague and a dear friend.
Spot the Facilitator
Ron Ryan and Dan David
co-facilitated a mega workshop for 81 First
Nations Youth in Toronto. Co-sponsored by the
Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres,
the Grand River Employment and Training Initiative
and the Ontario Aboriginal Youth Council, the
workshop covered the basics of proposal writing
and project finances. A particular highlight of
the workshop was Ron's presentation on The Care
and Feeding of Bureaucrats.
Dan David, Blair Stevenson and Terry Rudden are
doing final edits on the Aboriginal Languages
Initiative (ALI) evaluation final report,
incorporating comments on the draft received from
several Aboriginal organizations and the
Department of Canadian Heritage. The report
includes case studies of Inuktitut, First Nations
and Michif language projects from across
Patti "Yellow Hand" Black
- Patti Black will
be delivering a workshop in Board Roles and
Responsibilities to the Nunavut Arts and Crafts
Association in Iqaluit later this month.
will be developing a marketing strategy for
Kitikmeot Foods, Cambridge Bay’s purveyor of
superb country foods. Fred Weihs will be working
with Helen Klengenberg, Robert Higgins, and Ryan
Lotan, as well as with special market advisors
Mark Hills and Marc Allard. Fred is trying to
negotiate an all-you-can-eat provision as part of
- Ron Ryan
(consultant/golfer extraordinaire) and Greg Smith
(former gentleman farmer) will be working with
Whiteduck Associates to produce a series of ten
case studies profiling Aboriginal Human Resource
Development Agreement Holders from across the
- Many of the
policies and programs developed by the Federal
government for Inuit over the years have been
created without significant Inuit input. David
Boult is working with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and
the Inuit Action Plan Working Group to develop an
Inuit Consultation Model as a framework for future
government consultations with Inuit: once
completed, the model will help ensure that
programs and policies intended to serve Inuit
actually reflect the needs, views and priorities
of Inuit themselves.
- Greg Smith finally
sold the Naismith Farm (boyhood home of basketball
inventor James Naismith) this month: his hair is
now growing back in, and he has lost most of his
nervous tic. The last of his twitches is expected
to disappear when the deal closes Nov. 1.
Grand Canal, Venice.
Terry and Mehrun are snorkeling, just out of site to
- More travels for
Terry Forth and Mehrun, currently vacationing
in...let's see, what day is it?...Venice.
- The versatile and
accomplished Leslie Sutherland added yet another
professional skill to her impressive list of
achievements when she put in four hours as a
volunteer security guard and bouncer at the
Richmond Fair Demolition Derby. So don't try to
sneak past reception...
the Month: Consilium associate Valerie Assinewe, who
will also be starting a one year project on climate
change and nutrition, working with Dr. Laurie Chan of
McGill University. Valerie shares her birthday with Jeff
Goldblum, Franz Liszt, and Annette Funicello, thus
definitively refuting astrology.
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