As part of historic Canadian policies, most Indigenous communities lack modern infrastructure and economies. Current gaps in Indigenous health care, education, housing, nutrition, policing, safe drinking water, economies, justice and etc. are reflections of infrastructure services available to Indigenous communities. Virtually all health problems, suicide rates, poverty, lack of housing and more are consequences of “the” lack of infrastructure. In this backdrop, CAID’s objective is to help Canada’s First Peoples rebuild self-sustaining infrastructures. These infrastructures must be founded on culture-based values and roles to be successful.
Many small and remote communities lack the human resource capacity to prepare for consultations, rebuilding infrastructure or regional developments. As such, indigenous culture, roles, needs and ownership are still excluded from community and regional developments resulting in the maintenance of the status quo - no benefit for Indigenous communities. CAID was built to fill the need for a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization to provide capacity, not consultants, to Indigenous communities. CAID can provide the missing human resource needed to work with governments and industry to create a platform for informed consent, consultation, accommodation and joint development.
CAID is designed to share professional expertise, receive cultural guidance, obtain community input and help present culture, roles, needs and traditional law in a format to outside jurisdictions that is ready for the community to engage in consultation processes for community and regional developments. Practically, CAID works to obtain the cultural underlay required by free and prior informed consent upon which consultations, infrastructure and regional developments must be built.
Sustainable Indigenous community infrastructures will empower permanent solutions to problems plaguing Indigenous communities. By enabling tradition-based infrastructure development, Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples can live modern traditional lives with sustainable economic developments that integrate their businesses and institutions into the global system. These reestablished societal infrastructures reverse the poverty cycle and empower Indigenous people to choose their own destiny.
Canada declared an end to its policies of forced Indigenous assimilation. Unfortunately, through assimilation policies already embedded throughout Canada’s infrastructure, federal, provincial and territorial programs still withhold funds and expertise that prevent the Indigenous right to own and manage modern infrastructure. First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities have no funds to rebuilding what force assimilation destroyed.
CAID is not a church, does not build churches and is not a religion. CAID was founded by people who believe in sharing freely.
About Dr. Richard G. Herbert
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Last Updated July 28, 2019