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Indigenous Governance Training

“We see Indigenous governance training as a missing component of evaluation”

Indigenous Governance Training

Most of us believe in a just society, but few understand the barriers that a lack of emotional intelligence (EI) or empathy can pose for justice. The Harvard Business Review calls emotional intelligence “a ground-breaking, paradigm-shattering idea,” one of the most influential business ideas of the decade. Daniel Goleman, the author of a book on Emotional Intelligence, argues that EI is a more important quality than IQ for school students to be trained in. When we apply this idea to the Indigenous context, we can see that historic trauma affected the emotional intelligence for students on-reserve and in cities. Academics such as Missens (2008) and McCaslin & Boyer (2009) have argued that through evaluative thinking, Indigenous communities can use the ideas of EI to help decolonize and rebuild Native governments and ultimately work towards self-determination. They can apply the knowledge gained from self-evaluation exercises to governance training, emotional intelligence of board members, degree of colonization entrenched in the current governance approach, assessment of the input from community processes, assessment of the sovereign obligations, their responsibility to the international community, and most importantly in respect to the Creator’s laws.

Program and Management Consulting

The Elders say that our “tool bundles” are breaking new ground in Indigenous Evaluations. Since 2001, we have been offering our one-of-a-kind services to the world. We have managed nine longitudinal evaluations, each about 3-years long and inclusive of 150 – 300 program participants and have kept our clients in the loop the entire time. We have worked with First Nations, government departments, and independent programs and organizations. We look forward to working with you. Learn more about program and management consulting and what we can offer in our bundles here.

The Benefits of Hiring Johnston Research for Contract Work

What You Will Learn

  • The gaps and challenges in your organization’s current evaluation practice.
  • An understanding of the issues surrounding the reconciliation between western and Indigenous evaluation practice.
  • How to utilize templates to develop draft tools and sketch-out a comprehensive evaluation plan.

Who Has Hired us in the Past

  • Indigenous non-government organizations (in every province and Yukon).
  • First Nations.
  • Métis organizations.
  • Inuit governments (in Nunavut and Kativik).
  • Canada government departments.
  • Ontario government departments.
  • Non-government organizations (who work with Indigenous peoples).

We want to thank you for taking your time to participate on the Ways Tried and True Working Group meetings, and contributing to the development of the WTT Framework and identifying Ways Tried and True for sharing through the Best Practices Portal.

Nina JethaManager, Canadian Best Practices Initiative

Despite tight timelines, JRI conducted a survey, analyzed the data and wrote a report that is highly regarded by our nursing colleagues as providing invaluable information in a succinct, clear, easy to read manner.

Fjola Hart WasekeesikawExecutive Director, Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada

Anishnawbe Health Toronto would hire Johnston Research Inc. again for Board of Directors consultations and strategic planning.

Joe HesterExecutive Director, Anishnawbe Health Toronto

From the beginning of the contract, I was impressed with the thoroughness and attention to detail, as shown in the care with which JRI put together their breadth of knowledge and sensitivity to the topic.

Senior Program Advisor, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada

Our timelines for this project were rather short (2 months); however Johnston Research Inc. undertook two northern site visits, a series of telephone interviews, and produced a final report on-time.

Manager, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

We Can Help Your Organization

Get in touch and find how we can work together to improve your program.