Working With Communities
As a team, we at CICYC remain committed to working with communities and other stakeholders on sustainable action and will continue to offer education, awareness and training sessions and research services in this area. Since it’s founding in 2005 (and earlier as the Centre for Applied Population Studies) CICYC has been involved in various projects aimed at enhancing the success and sustainability of community initiatives. Their research has led to the development of an approach that is based on the lessons learned through research in Canadian communities. Based on their work, CICYC team members have developed The VSP Tool: A Diagnostic and Planning Tool to Support Successful and Sustainable Initiatives. The VSP Tool has been used successfully in various communities. The generic VSP Tool (shown below on the left) is designed to help communities plan and carry out sustainable community initiatives. Katujjiqatigiiniq: Community Action to Sustain a Safer and Healthier Community” is an adaptation of the VSP Tool for communities in Nunavut. This adaptation is based on research and consultation with the Government of Nunavut’s Community Justice Specialists and research on six communities (Avriat, Cape Dorset, Clyde River, Pangnirtung, Iqaluit and Sanikiluaq). The VSP Tool is currently being used by the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative’s Sustainable Communities Working group (which includes CICYC members) in sustainable communities projects underway in the First Nations communities of Janvier and Fort Chipewyan in Northern Alberta.
Both of theses resources are also available in PDF format under the VSP Approach to Sustainability tab.