WORKSHOPS: Closing the Funding Gap
We have created a series of workshops designed to empower First Nations to understand and be in control of the key components of a study that impact school funding, to lead the process of accurately assessing school space requirements, and to obtain the appropriate consultants and services for each phase of the work.
School Space Requirements
The ISC funding formulas do not contain sufficient detail to determine if the space allocation will meet the school needs of the the community. We present strategies to help determine actual school space needs - how the education program defines spaces, types of engagements to pursue, and who to involve in the process.
Engagement with community, families, elders, teachers and students is an important part of determining the school spaces that will meet the needs of the community. The engagement workshops help to determine cultural requirements, community's vision for their school, and to create a sense of connection and ownership for the new school.
Terms of Reference
The typical Indigenous Services Terms of Reference to select consultants for both feasibility studies and school projects have gaps in the scope of services and consultants requested. We identify these gaps, and how to close them to ensure the needs of the First Nation will be met.