Facilitator and DirectoR, 2005 – 2008
Relationship-based development was the call of the Yukon Regional RoundTable. This 3 year social innovation with 25 First Nations and municipal leaders from across Yukon Territory innovated economic, educational, and social development projects across government, enterprise, and civil society sectors.
As Facilitator and Director I ensured we integrated Indigenous collective and emergent processes, including Circle Process, Storytelling situation analysis, and visual Complexity Mapping that enabled consensus decision-making. The approach doubled First Nations participation, and I became Territorial spokesperson at the request of First Nation members.
Starting as strangers across historic divides, in 3 years the RoundTable affected millions of dollars in economic development, health, education, and social policy improvements, innovating a wide scale of cross-boundary and inter-governmental partnerships. A Social Science and Humanities Research Council project of the Rural Development Institute, Brandon University, Yukon Regional RoundTable collaborations are still impacting policies, initiatives, and reconciliation relationships today.