The Community Engagement Toolkit was developed as an application to facilitate citizen participation and involvement, whether by community groups, researchers, local governments or others across a variety of platforms. This toolkit uses an inclusive approach outlines four steps in the community engagement process – getting started, activities, reporting and next steps. These are organized around the four directions of the medicine wheel; (east) meet; (south) build trust; (west) identify issues; and, (north) develop solutions that incorporates and respects Indigenous and local knowledge. While the toolkit was developed for Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, it has since been applied to many aboriginal Indigenous and non-aboriginal Indigenous organizations and communities throughout Northern Ontario.
Jude Ortiz, Dr. Gayle Broad