What is the Kahnawà:ke Collective Impact Movement?
Kahnawà:ke Collective Impact (KCI) is a Movement to engage, facilitate, and support community stakeholders in long term discussions, to identify and work towards our ideal social and economic future for our children and young people.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT?
- Increasing labour market attachment – ensuring community members have the skills to fill the existing and future jobs
- Language training – many local businesses confirmed they need bilingual employees as majority of their clients speak French
- Decreasing the number of youth identified for youth protection
- Decreasing the number of people who have addictions
- Increasing high school graduation rates
- Strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills to enhance employment opportunities and to be prepared for the future knowledge economy
- Increase post-secondary (Vocational, CEGEP, and University) attendance and graduation rates
- Increasing Kanienkeha language proficiency rates
- Increasing median household incomes – household incomes are not increasing as quickly as inflation rates, thereby decreasing overall household spending power each year.
- The absence of benefits for numerous Kahnawà:ke employees
- Decreasing Social Assistance rates resulting from lack of employment
THESE CHALLENGES WERE IDENTIFIED FROM THE FOLLOWING REPORTS:
Kahnawà:ke Socio-Economic Report (2005 – 2011)
Kahnawà:ke Labour Market Report (2005 – 2011)
Tewatohnhi’saktha Employment & Training Job Creation Report (2013)
Community Members at the May and August gatherings identified other challenges that need to be discussed moving forward (View on kahnawakestrong.org November Meeting Update)
ARE THERE OTHER CHALLENGES YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT? Join the conversation!
Why a Collective Impact process?
Collective Impact is a long-term, grassroots approach for solving complex social challenges. It involves discussing the challenges in depth as a community, and taking responsibility to create and implement solutions together.
The Movement requires community members—from many different walks of life—to work together on different, but specific issues. This can include business owners, elders, individuals, community groups, youth, organizations, spiritual leaders, and many more. This diversity of people allows for broader perspectives, more creative solutions, and inclusivity.
Where did it start?
Discussions first began when Tewatohnhi’saktha discovered trends that indicated a decline in various social and economic areas. Tewatohnhi’saktha reached out to the Kahnawà:ke Education Center, Kahnawà:ke Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services, and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke to discuss the urgency of these community trends.
It was quickly realized that the community needs to lead the conversation to solve these challenges, hence, the collective impact Movement was formed.