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Call for Writers!
Writers Needed for Cando's Competency Guidebooks

Cando is in the process of updating their Competency Guidebooks. We are currently looking for experienced writers who teach or study in Indigenous Economic Development related to the guidebooks listed below. The guidebooks that are labelled “To be Updated” will need to be updated to reflect current standards and events, while the competencies labelled “Requires Full Development” will need to be created from start to finish.

All writers will need to submit their resumes and references to similar work they have done in the past. Writers will be screened by the project manager.

Aboriginal Law & Policies (To be Updated)
The course should provide a general introduction to Canada’s legal systems and the legal principles that govern business relations. Upon completion of the competency, the candidate should have a good understanding of legislative and judicial processes in Canada; be able to analyze problems and identify relevant legal issues; and be able to conduct legal research.  Aboriginal law case studies should be used for critical analysis.

Organizational & Financial Management (To be Updated)
The course should provide an overview of legal forms of organization including corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, and governments. The course should also study the nature of work, people, and organizations. Topics may include: leadership motivation, group dynamics, communication, job design, organizational design, culture and climate, organizational change, stress and time management, and human resource management/development issues.

An introduction accounting course that covers the principles and procedures for recording and reporting financial information. It blends accounting concepts and methods and is aimed at both the preparer and user of financial reports. Understanding how cost behaviour is related to managerial decisions, and how to use accounting information for long-range planning and capital budgeting decisions should be covered. Also, learn how to use financial statements for planning, prepare budgets, analyze investment options, and determine the best means of financing business endeavors.

Sustainable Environment & Land Stewardship (Requires full Development)
The course should provide the students with an understanding of environmental and ecological impacts and provide a holistic approach to assessing economic development projects and initiatives that would be entering the community.  Students will have an understanding of environmental and ecological issues, concepts, and approaches; also they will understand the purpose and importance of environmental protection and sustainability when developing an economic development plan.

Lands & Resource Management (Requires full Development)
This course should provide the students with an understanding of lands and/or resource management.  Students will have an understanding of the concepts of land use plans, land codes and traditional use of land and resources in their regions.  The course will explore land use claims, treaty and/or land entitlements in their regions.

Aboriginal Business Development & Entrepreneurship (Requires full Development)
Students should learn market analysis and assessment and the basic techniques of market research and product market planning. The introduction of these three areas provides students with an understanding of how markets work, how to assess the demand for a product or service, and how to develop and implement a consistent focused marketing plan.

For more information, please contact: Carmelle Nepoose


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  1. Nature, Structure & Functioning of Economies
        English TOC | French TOC
  2. Community Economic Development Philosophy & Theory   English TOC | French TOC
  3. Community Economic Development Practice
       English TOC | French TOC
  4. Community & Political Processes
       English TOC | French TOC
  5. Organizational Behaviour
       English TOC | French TOC
  6. Context of Aboriginal Economic Development
       English TOC | French TOC
  7. Contemporary Approaches & Issues
       English TOC | French TOC
  8. Financial Accounting
       English TOC | French TOC
  9. Managerial Accounting
       English TOC | French TOC
  10. Community Impact Analysis & Assessment
       English TOC | French TOC
  11. Marketing
       English TOC | French TOC
  12. New Venture Development
       English TOC | French TOC
  13. Community Based Research
       English TOC | French TOC
  14. Aboriginal Business Law & Policies
       English TOC | French TOC
  15. Written & Oral Communication
       English TOC | French TOC
  16. Community Planning
       English TOC | French TOC

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Guidebook 2: Community Economic Development Philosophy and Theory

EDOs say the 16 competencies are the ones they believe to be the most common and important to their work. They are the primary areas of knowledge and skills that are needed to do the job well. Although the majority of EDOs involved with developing this process feel capable of doing their jobs, almost all said that there are areas that they need to improve their competence in some areas. They felt that having a more detailed description of the competencies was a big help in thinking about their professional development as well as their job requirements.

To learn more about CED philosophy and theory, to see the CED community checklists, models of CED, CED tools and processes and other tools and processes a copy of this Guidebook can be purchased and Cando can provide training for this guidebook or on any of the 16 guidebooks for more information contact Cando at 1-800-463-9300 or download the Guidebooks Order form.

"Every individual has their own understanding of Community Economic Development. Everyone understands each word separately, but together, there’s more to think about”.

Communities are often at different stages of development. Some are able to strategically plan. Others find it difficult to organize a small community project. In others, it is difficult to get key players in the room without a major conflict occurring. The Communities Matrix was developed to quickly asses what levels communities where at as a means of determining what tools or actions were appropriate. Many communities start out stuck at level ten. Some communities have built up small victories and now function at a higher level. Where does your community fit into the following Communities Matrix? (Please note the following chart can be found within Guidebook 2)

CED can be sometimes a slow and complex process. This is because they involve people, community, allocation of resources (time, energy and money), and changing people’s behavior. Like building a house, it is important to plan and build a strong foundation. CED is like a house. The foundation is the skills of the people and the supportive organizations in your community. While there are short cuts to providing temporary shelter, there is no substitute for a well-built house. While it may seem to take a lot of energy and time to get the solid house started, in the end it take less energy and resources than trying to rebuild every year after your house had fallen down.