Your Indigenous Guardian program can be more successful if it has the support and involvement of your community -- including leaders, elders, knowledge keepers, land users, and youth. Actively engaging and communicating with your community right from the start helps ensure the program is grounded-in the community’s vision and priorities and can respond quickly to ongoing issues and concerns.
Involving the community takes time and energy. Done well, it can help:
- Give your program a clear and purposeful mandate.
- Ensure the community is aware of and celebrates in your successes.
- Reduce potential problems as you move forward.
While every guardian program will need a unique approach to community engagement, there are some common strategies that can be adapted to ensure community members are involved and informed.
Explore this section to learn:
- Why involve your community and communicate about your program.
- When to involve the community.
- Who you can reach out to and involve.
- Some ways to engage your community.
- The role guardians can play in community engagement and outreach.
- What other programs are doing to involve their community.