New Beginnings – An Indigenous Engagement Improvement Strategy
“New Beginnings” was initiated in spring of 2016 to ensure a coordinated, culturally appropriate response to the increasing number of Indigenous families and individuals seeking social services in the region. Spruce Grove FCSS has been a main point of contact for Indigenous residents accessing regional services within Spruce Grove.
The initiative addresses ways to remove barriers and strengthen relationships with urban Indigenous people in the area by enhancing regional cooperation with First Nation communities, individuals, cross sector groups, community service providers, City departments, and other levels of government.
The work has been led by Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). InSync Consulting Inc. was engaged to support the process and identification of priority initiatives. The New Beginnings strategic framework is community-owned, and its ultimate success is dependent on involvement and joint ownership from a diverse group of stakeholders.