Capacity Development exists to help UNSM Mi'kmaq communities achieve success while upholding their cultural values and community spirit.

Our Department's Mission:

To build capacity, skills, and professional expertise in our member First Nations through knowledge transfer

To provide advisory support and assistance to communities to increase their success

To engage with communities to ensure capacity development services are relevant, appropriate, and effective

To unite and bring member communities together to increase effectiveness of capacity development initiatives through partnership and sharing of best practices

1st Strategic Priority for 2018-2020:
Community Planning

The general area of community planning was identified as a priority area. Therefore, UNSM Capacity Development services is working towards providing specialization in the area of planning. More specifically, Comprehensive Community Plans (CCPs) was identified as a priority need. Planning can also include Strategic Planning such as organizational strategies and departmental and/or team strategies.

2nd Strategic Priority for 2018-2020:
Community Engagement

The UNSM Capacity Development team is unable to conduct their work without community buy-in and participation. To work with the communities requires building and maintaining a relationship based on mutual trust, reliance and a respect for each other’s designated role and authorities.

Therefore, as part of the UNSM Capacity Development team’s relationship building with its member communities, ongoing community engagement is a necessary component.

3rd Strategic Priority for 2018-2020:
Wills & Estates

UNSM Capacity Development services hosts Wills & Estates Management information sessions. These sessions are facilitated by a Mi’kmaw lawyer and delivered in community in both English and Mi’kmaq. 

Interested community members who attend community information sessions are provided the opportunity to complete their wills at a later date.

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