There is no right place to begin and no right path to follow when building your Indigenous Guardian program. Start where you are, identify what’s driving your need for a program, and build out from there -- piece-by-piece and year-by-year.
Just as no two programs look alike, very few have followed the same path in starting or building their program.
One of the first questions to ask and answer when starting up a program is: why? In your community or context, what is driving the need for a guardian program? It is important to build out a program that is rooted in the priority concerns and key issues that are facing your community. Knowing and being able to clearly articulate this connection to local needs and priorities is key to building support and momentum around the program and developing a focused approach.
Explore this section to learn:
- How other Indigenous Guardian programs got their start.
- What you can learn from other Indigenous Guardian programs.
- How to define where you are starting from.
- Who your program champions are.
- Who your friends and allies are.
- What your program should focus on.
- The potential challenges you may face when getting started.