Community Planning

In the fall of 2015, Hupačasatḥ First Nation’s administration completed a Government Needs Assessment outlining the need for a Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP). A CCP is a planning process of involving community members to voice their own opinions, dreams, and concerns to help define what our community needs and wants for our future.

We want to see the Hupačasatḥ community grow, and foster the change we want to see. By developing a CCP, we get to decide where we want to go and how we are going to get there. Processes that are driven by the community and on behalf of the community are more likely to result in positive change. The CCP shows how our community collectively participated, shared, and planned for Hupačasatḥ’s future direction. Our Nation is proud of the high level of involvement throughout the planning process, leading to 45 community engagement events (totalling 1,073 repeating participants), 5 surveys (totalling 362 repeating participants), and 38 planning team and administration meetings (totalling 269 repeating participants), for sharing their experiences and perspectives for our community’s CCP journey.

Over two years (2016-2018) 0ur Nation completed the first two phases of the CCP (pre-planning and planning). During these phases, the community identified eight topic areas with a total of 36 goals, and 399 objectives to be included in the plan.

These are the eight topic areas that will be covered throughout the plan:

 

Health and Wellness  

Employment, Education, and Training  

Culture and Language 

Economic development  

Community programs 

Governance 

Housing and Band Infrastructure  

Environment 

 

The following describes Hupačasatḥ’s vision for each topic area, along with sample goals and objectives.

 

Health and Wellness  

We work towards a time when everyone feels well and understands what it means to be healthy. We will provide our members with access to all necessary supports and services to maintain their well being.

We work towards a time where wellness of the mind, body and spirit are the norm, and those who feel anything less have access to the resources they need.

 

Employment, Education, and Training  

We aim for a future where all members will have the opportunity and the initiative to receive specialized training and education so we can thrive.

 

Culture and Language 

Our culture extends beyond our traditional crafts and songs. Culture encompasses our daily lives through the values we hold, the language we speak, and the way we carry ourselves. We practice our language, culture and teachings in our daily life. We strive to celebrate and sustain our language and culture in a way that makes our members proud of who they are and where they come from.

 

Economic development

Economic development will build a path that will guide our community to fly high, see new opportunities, and make wise decisions for the future of our people. We seek to fulfill our community’s needs and become self-sustaining and prosperous.

 

Community programs 

We strive to be a community with diverse and pro-active programs that suit the needs of all members. Everyone can find programs to suit a diversity of needs or empower themselves to create new opportunities to meet our needs.

 

Governance

From the tops of mountains we can see our vast territory, and with this high-level view, our Governance has the responsibility to watch over all of our resources; our people, our land, and our waterways. We look forward to a time when our governance receives the recognition and respect it deserves; then we will have the ability to truly govern all aspects of our people, territory and teaching as our ancestors once did.

 

Housing and Band Infrastructure  

We look forward to a time when all community members have access to adequate housing that meets their unique wishes and infrastructure that supports all community infrastructure needs.

 

Environment 

We strive to live, protect, and work with our environment in a respectful and culturally grounded way that supports sustainable opportunities and makes the best of our beautiful territory for everyone.

 

As we look forward to the next stage of implementation, our Nation will build a strategy and begin to act. Over time the community will evaluate and implement the identified objectives. To guarantee the success of our ideas we will require coordination of resources, staff and programs with timelines, organizational readiness, funding and budgets.

Over the next few years, as we build towards our goals, we will also monitor and evaluate our effectiveness at carrying out the implementation of our plan regarding reaching our overall vision. We will monitor and evaluate the progress of the implementation and update our direction as needed through annual meetings, monitoring indicators, and communicating to members on the progress of each step.

Effective implementation has the potential to continue to motivate our community members to support the plan as our vision comes to life. This will allow us to re-evaluate areas if needed, and help us recognize and celebrate accomplishments. Our community is ready and excited to start this next phase!

 

To read our Comprehensive Community Plan, click: DRAFT – HFN’s CCP

(*The plan is currently a DRAFT because our community has not yet ratified the plan.)