Social Policy & Planning

Our Approach

Our Approach:

MVAEC supports a Relational Care approach which is another way of referring to cultural competency and safety.

We recognize the enormous value and integrity behind Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and see Aboriginal Cultures as the Intervention.

Recently, we have been exploring an Indigenous Collective Impact approach, which is another way of saying we will all work together toward a common goal.

This includes member agencies; non-Aboriginal agencies who see Aboriginal clients, as well as other stakeholders such as governments and the private/charitable sector

MVAEC is also interested in better defining the psychology of poverty, as a way of enhancing service delivery to meet individual needs.

About Indigenous Collective Impact

There are 5 stages to collective impact. The first is a common agenda; second is shared measurements; third is mutually reinforcing activities; fourth is continuous communication and lastly, the fifth is backbone support.

Our common agenda involves two main areas:

  1. Increasing education, training and employment outcomes and opportunities; and,
  2. Addressing housing and homelessness needs.

This process usually involves longer term targets, as systems can be slow to change. MVAEC adopted two areas because the high cost of living affects whether someone can advance their education and training goals without facing too many financial obstacles.

Indigenous Collective Impact aims to address areas that allow us to hit a home run and have positive ripple effects. For example, by increasing education outcomes, Aboriginal people will then get better paying jobs, can afford their housing, can provide for their children, etc. Culture grounds our governance.

What is Collective Impact

What is the Indigenous Collective Impact

About The Psychology of Poverty

There are many deficit-based indicators that many stakeholders would like to address, including Aboriginal communities. Things like the number of Aboriginal people who are homeless; the number of Aboriginal children in care; levels of chronic illness; substance use and misuse; poverty, incarceration, etc.

What underlies many of these issues is both poverty and a psychology of poverty. What this means is that it is not so much that many Aboriginal people are poor, but that they may come from multi-generations of poverty.

These experiences of scarcity create psychological impacts that affect decision-making; risk-taking; stress levels and coping patterns. By defining this area of work, MVAEC believes that cultural programming will help reverse the psychological impacts of poverty by increasing positive cultural identity and offering supports that are grounded in our own worldviews. Aboriginal cultures are the intervention.

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