Beringia wins two IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards

iap2  2015 CIP award

On September 10, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, Jeff Cook and the Pikangikum Health Authority were recognized by the International Association for Public Participation, Canada for our work with the Pikangikum First Nation on its health plan entitled “Working It Out Together.”

We received two awards: the Core Value Award for Project Category Indigenous Engagement  and the Project of the Year Award.

It was a real honour to be recognized by the IAP2 for our work with the Pikangikum First Nation. Over a period of 3+ years, the Pikangikum Nation lead its own community-based process to increase control over health governance. Beringia and the Health Authority provided process guidance, tools and strategies to organize the many feasts, youth workshops, storytelling times, surveys, and other gatherings that brought the community together to talk about this very important topic.

Here are two quotes from the reviewers that reflect the community approach that was undertaken to complete this plan:

“… an incredible example of the power of a strength-based approach to working with people and communities.”

“… effectively demonstrates culturally appropriate and inclusive process with an indigenous community.”

Visit iap2canada.ca/2015CoreValuesAwards to view the application and a video that summarizes the community’s participation in the planning process.

Jeff notes, “The health plan represents a significant milestone of a real profound healing journey where the Nation and its members came together to talk about sensitive issues around health and well-being. It was a real honor to be a part of this journey with the Pikangikum First Nation.”

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