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dc.contributor.authorHolloway, Juli
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-18T02:03:11Z
dc.date.available2020-12-18T02:03:11Z
dc.date.issued2020-12-18
dc.date.submitted2020
dc.identifier.urihttps://viurrspace.ca/handle/10613/23471
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25316/IR-15364
dc.description.abstractFirst Nations in Canada face many barriers in their journey toward self-determination and community empowerment. One such barrier is that the processes for community decision-making, particularly those decisions that require members to vote, can have a significant impact on the outcomes communities seek in the advancement of community goals—but some First Nations lack the internal capacity for effective communications. Community decision-making processes that aren’t thoughtfully designed fail engage community members to participate in the process and thus fail to achieve community goals. In order to better understand the connection between communications and Indigenous self-determination and community empowerment, as well as factors that contribute to successful community decision-making processes, I designed this study to include intensive interviews with representatives of elected leadership and communications staff from participant First Nation communities. Through a situational analysis of the data collected in this research, I identified issues related to communications faced by First Nations in BC and then generated three sensitizing concepts that provide direction for overcoming those issues from a decolonial perspective to contribute Indigenous knowledge to the topic of community decision-making in First Nations. As a result of the findings of this study, I argue First Nations need dedicated resources to develop communications capacity within the community to achieve goals of self-determination and empowerment of community members.
dc.subjectcommunications
dc.subjectcommunity decision-making
dc.subjectcommunity empowerment
dc.subjectcommunity engagement
dc.subjectIndigenous knowledge
dc.subjectIndigenous self-determination
dc.titleCommunications capacity and resources : the missing weft in the basket of indigenous nation-building and vibrant communities
dc.date.updated2020-12-18T02:03:13Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Professional Communication
dc.degree.levelMasters
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Communication and Culture


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