Foundational Skills for Project Planning

Community projects are exciting, rewarding, and often challenging. Working with others to achieve common goals is one of the best ways to build a strong community, but without a solid plan, the process can be frustrating. The first course in the Stepping Stones Community Capacity Building Program will introduce you to some of the core concepts, contexts, and tools of community capacity building. You will be able to draw on what you learn throughout the rest of the program and as you plan your community project.

What will I learn?

You will explore these topics:

  • Community capacity building and human rights
  • Team building and working with others
  • Connections between healthy communities and literacy/essential skills
  • Asset-mapping and strengths-based approaches
  • Group agreements and Aboriginal community ethics
  • Interviewing skills and community-based research
  • Diversity and anti-oppressive practices
  • Aboriginal history and context in community building

How will I learn?

  • Online instruction
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Projects
  • Weekly reading and/or assignments
  • Group presentations

Who should take this course?

This course is for cohorts in rural Aboriginal communities who are interested in strengthening the skills they need to build leadership and capacities in their communities.

How will I be evaluated?

Evaluation is based on your active participation, attendance, and your personal learning journal, which you will work on throughout the certificate program. You will receive regular feedback from your instructor and community-based mentors.  At four points in the certificate program, both you and your instructor will complete a simple questionnaire about your learning process, participation, and contributions to the program.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.