NEWS RELEASE: Ensuring First Nations’ input on disaster preparedness earns honours for public engagement

Charlotte, NC – The devastating wildfires and flooding in British Columbia in 2017 led to a call for a review of disaster preparedness and response. The disasters disproportionately affected First Nations communities, so the Province of BC brought in Context: an Argyle Company to conduct the review. Context’s work has earned it the award for Indigenous Engagement from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada. The award was presented at the IAP2 North American Conference in Charlotte, NC.

The IAP2 Core Values Awards recognize achievements in the field of public engagement, ensuring that people affected by a decision are given the opportunity to give input on that decision and to know how their input was taken into account.

Krystyna Lloyd of Context (1) receives the award from IAP2 Board members Mark Weir (c) and Catherine Rockandel (r)

Working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, Context reviewed the planning and preparation leading up to 2017 and made recommendations for preparation for the wildfire season of 2018. The processes included one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders and First Nations government officials, sharing-circle-style sessions that were adapted according to the community, and online forums for those who were affected but could not take part in person.

Nearly two thousand people took part, and Context visited 14 First Nations communities and presented at three large-scale First Nations gatherings. Ultimately, the process delivered over 100 strategic recommendations.

Over 80 percent of those recommendations came from the public engagement processes – a fact that impressed IAP2 judges. One judge called the process “a fantastic example of how Indigenous engagement is appropriately integrated into a broader engagement process in a culturally appropriate way that is aligned with IAP2 Core Values.”

“We are honoured to be recognized for our work reaching Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities,” says Project Manager Darcy Vermeulen. “It was necessary to travel across the Province of BC to hear about how the government could better plan for and respond to flood and wildfire natural disasters. We are grateful for the leadership of the review’s co-chairs, Chief Maureen Chapman and George Abbott, as well to the hundreds of individuals who told us their stories, and shared their experience of loss and resiliency in the face of such events.”

Watch the video here.

This is one of two IAP2 Core Values Awards presented to Context. The other is the award for Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field, for its work engaging the public on mobility pricing in Metro Vancouver.

More information about the IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards can be found at www.iap2canada.ca/Core_Values_Awards.

NEWS RELEASE: Public consultation on mobility pricing earns national honours for public engagement

Charlotte, NC – Mobility pricing as a means to combat traffic congestion affects everybody in a region, and a process to bring as many voices to the table as possible has earned Context: an Argyle Company (Context) one of the 2019 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards.

The IAP2 Core Values Awards recognize achievements in the field of public engagement, ensuring that people affected by a decision are given the opportunity to give input on that decision and to know how their input was taken into account. Context has received the award for Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field, presented at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Miranda Eng of Context – an Argyle Company receives the Core Values Award from IAP2 Canada Board members Mark Weir (l) and Catherine Rockandel (r)

Their “It’s Time” engagement and communications program brought over 17,000 Metro Vancouverites into a conversation on what mobility pricing could look like in the region. With affordability and taxation policies viewed differently in terms of fairness, the challenge was to gain input and develop recommendations that represented the region’s diverse population on a complex and technical topic. Context used transparent and inclusive engagement and humanizing communications, which enabled a wide range of voices and divergent perspectives and important considerations to be heard.

“We are thrilled to accept IAP2’s Core Value award for Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field for our It’s Time engagement and communications program,” says Miranda Eng, Argyle Senior Consultant. “We put into practice what we see as truly transparent and inclusive engagement, which was risky but necessary for this contentious and emotionally charged project. This award feels like a huge honour to be recognized by our peers, and we want to thank and recognize the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission and project team for their leadership and courage for letting us be as creative and inclusive as we wanted to be.”

IAP2 judges were impressed with the way Context navigated a potentially explosive issue and increased participation from underrepresented groups by using the four dominant languages in the region in online engagement.

Watch the “It’s Time” video here.

This is one of two IAP2 Core Values Awards presented to Context. The other is the award for Indigenous Engagement for producing the BC Flood and Wildfire Review in 2018.

More information about the IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards can be found at www.iap2canada.ca/Core_Values_Awards.

NEWS RELEASE: Engagement to modernize Canada’s cancer strategy earns IAP2 Awards

Charlotte, NC, Sept. 5, 2019 – Reaching “underserviced” Canadians to help modernize a strategy for combating cancer has earned the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) the award for Project of the Year from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada. The award was one of the IAP2 Core Values Awards, presented at the annual IAP2 North American Conference in Charlotte.

The IAP2 Core Values Awards recognize achievements in the field of public engagement, ensuring that people affected by a decision are given the opportunity to give input on that decision and to know how their input was taken into account.

Anila Sunnak (c) of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer receives the award for Project of the Year from IAP2 Board members Mark Weir (l) and Catherine Rockandel

As part of a wider engagement, the Partnership held in-person dialogues across Canada to determine how Canada’s refreshed cancer plan can better serve all Canadians. In particular, the facilitated sessions focused on “underserviced” populations — seniors, new immigrants, persons living on low incomes, 2SLGBTQ+ community, racialized peoples, minority language communities, and those living in remote or northern communities. These dialogues were developed in partnership with these communities and used relatable plain-language questions with visuals reflecting the diverse faces of these groups.

 This targeted engagement was part of a wider process, as the Partnership also engaged more than 7,500 Canadians in facilitated sessions and innovative “pop-up” engagement sessions as well as with an online “choicebook” survey tool. 

A wide parallel process also engaged Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and three Peoples-specific priorities have been identified in the updated plan.

These conversations have led to a transformative impact on the Partnership’s thinking and work in cancer control and the resulting 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control is a roadmap for change across the cancer system over the next ten years. As a direct result of this engagement with underserviced communities and other Canadians, one of the five priorities of the refreshed Strategy is to: Eliminate barriers to people getting the care they need. 

The Strategy was refreshed to ensure it can continue to guide Canada’s collective efforts in the years ahead, but the vision remains the same: fewer Canadians developing cancer, more Canadians surviving cancer and those with cancer have a better quality of life.

“This recognition by IAP2 is such an honour,” says Cynthia Morton, CEO of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “We heard directly from voices not usually at the table for important healthcare discussions. They told us about challenges people faced related to poverty, distance, gender identity, mental health, new immigrant status and cultural sensitivity, preventing people from accessing and getting quality cancer care. As steward of Canada’s cancer strategy, the Partnership will work with these communities, provincial cancer agencies and other stakeholders to improve services and care for those who need it most.”

The Partnership also received the Core Values Award for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture.

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer now has the opportunity to be recognized on the world stage, as it will compete against Projects of the Year from other IAP2 affiliates in Australasia, Southern Africa, USA and Indonesia. That award will be announced in October at the IAP2 Australasian Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Watch the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s video here.

In past years, the Project of the Year award honours have gone to the Federal Department of Justice (2018), the City of Calgary (2017), Nova Scotia Health (2016) and Beringia Community Planning and the Pikangikum (Ontario) First Nation (2015).

More information on the IAP2 Core Values Awards can be found at www.iap2canada.ca/Core_Values_Awards.

Le Symposium des compétences voyage vers l’ouest !

Du 4 au 8 mai 2020 à Regina, Saskatchewan

Le Symposium des compétences est de retour : 5 jours de formation pour maîtriser et perfectionner vos connaissances en participation publique avec vos pairs.

Le Symposium des compétences aura lieu à Regina du 4 au 8 mai 2020. Les cours sont offerts au tarif de 325$ par jour de formation (membre de l’AIP2) ou de 375$ par jour de formation (non-membre). (Rajoutez 50$/jour pour les cours de Foundations etStrategies for Dealing with Emotion and Outrage in P2 – en anglais seulement).

Réservation à l’hôtel DoubleTree à Regina (148$/nuit + taxes).

L’horaire est en train d’être développé. Les cours de formation seront annoncés cet automne. Entre temps, nous vous recommandons de noter la date dans votre calendrier et de commencer à planifier votre voyage à Regina.

Formateurs !

Si vous souhaitez proposer et offrir des formations au Symposium, consultez la foire aux questions. Le lien suivant vous mènera vers le Formulaire de soumission pour présenter une proposition de formation que vous pourrez télécharger, remplir et nous retourner sous forme de document Word. La date d’échéance est le lundi 9 septembre 2019. Si vous avez des questions, contactez Amelia à info@iap2canada.ca.

THE IAP2 SKILLS SYMPOSIUM GOES WEST!

Regina, Saskatchewan May 4 – 8, 2020

It’s that annual special time for a P2 practitioner: five days to educate, engage and empower, learning new tools and techniques in the company of like-minded colleagues.

The 2020 IAP2 Canada Skills Symposium is set for May 4 – 8, 2020 at the DoubleTree in Regina – room rates are $148.00 per night (+ taxes). Daily rates are $325/day for members and $375/day for non-members – please add $50/day for IAP2 Foundations courses and Strategies for Dealing with Opposition and Outrage in Public Participation.

The schedule is still in development: watch for the announcement this fall. So for now, Save the Date and make your plans to join us in Regina in May 2020!

Attention trainers:

If you are interested in providing training at the 2020 Skills Symposium, please take a look at the Training Submission Form and the FAQs. Please download to fill in. Please send application back in a Word format. Deadline for submissions is September 9, 2019. If you have other questions please contact Amelia at info@iap2canada.ca.