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Questions to Answer Before you Develop a Vision

Questions to Answer Before you Develop a Vision

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What should you think about before you develop a vision?

  • It might be helpful to talk through the current “lay of the land” before you start a visioning process so that everyone involved has a strong sense of where you are starting from. Try having the conversation about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your existing or new Indigenous Guardian program before jumping into the visioning process. It can help you envision an aspirational future but one that still has two feet planted on the ground.  

Who should be involved in developing a vision?

  • Good visioning typically involves a lot of different voices. To do this work well, you may want to bring together political and cultural leaders, key departmental or programming staff, elders, youth, community members, and other valued advisors. Generally, the more you invite people to help shape your program, the more support you will have as you move forward.

Has your community already articulated a vision about the stewardship of your territory?

  • Work may already have been done by your community to lay out a vision for the future stewardship and management of your lands and waters. This may have been developed through planning processes, negotiating treaties or settlement agreements, establishing agreements related to stewardship, or may be articulated through your Indigenous laws and customs or by elders and leaders in your community. If this work has been done, take a step back and consider how the vision for your guardian program fits into and complements other vision statements that have been articulated.

How will your vision connect with other strategic goals of your organization or community?

  • A simple bubble sketch can be a great way to start mapping out the connections between your program and other levels of stewardship governance, planning and activity within your community. It is important to situate the vision for your guardian program within this larger context and communicate a compelling reason or need for the program so that you can provide clear direction on the scope and focus of guardian activities.