Accurate, direct, fair, long overdue approach to Indigenous engagement & too often ignored, true colonial history of Canada.
E-mail: maynard (@) indigenousinsight.ca
Indigenous Insight provides Indigenous engagement, cultural awareness training and advisory services to non-Indigenous businesses, corporations and all levels of government. Advisory services include truth & reconciliation, Aboriginal rights and title.
Navigating the complex Indigenous engagement issues for 637 recognized Indian bands across Canada, their websites and band office organization / corporate structures, is daunting.
While many First Nation communities thrive in today's economic climate, many more struggle to bring economic benefit and other opportunities (i.e., employment, education/training) back to their communities. It is not an overstatement that most First Nation communities have been in a colonial recession since the time of contact with European settlers.
L. Maynard Harry is a citizen of the Tla'amin Nation (TN) and was bestowed with the ancestral name KWAST-en-ayu on May 10, 2003 by Tla'amin’s elders immediately before signing of historic Sliammon First Nation - Corporation District of Powell River 'Community Accord'. KWAST-enayu brings clarity from a First Nation perspective using directness and honesty. Be aware that directness, honesty and critical thinking are requisites for true reconciliation. Such directness and honesty come from 27+ years of direct exposure to Canada's Indian Act, Indian Reserve System, Indian Residential School System. Maynard’s brings extensive knowledge and practical experience to any project in the areas of economic/business development, intergovernmental relationship building, leadership/governance & decision-making, Aboriginal rights and title (including consultation) and reconciliation. Maynard understands the Indigenous perspective when business relationships with mainstream business are being pursued. His in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples, their traditional land and resource practices and archaeological footprint comes from years of working closely with traditional land and resource use experts and Elders. Maynard is a guest presenter at Ch'nook Indigenous Business Education (UBC's Sauder School of Business).