Call for Presentations and Success Stories

Tell us about an initiative, project or program and how it contributes towards improving lives in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to create positive change. How does it help to educate and build capacity for your leadership and/or governance? Is it a local, regional or national initiative and are you partnering with federal, provincial or municipal governments, corporate Canada, educational institutions, non-profits or other Indigenous organizations? Tell us how your First Nation, Inuit or Métis organization is actively demonstrating best practices that contribute to positive change? Do you have a success story to share and from which we can all learn from?

Guidelines for Abstracts
Your abstract should be succinct, informative and engaging.  Please describe how your initiative, project or program is improving lives in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to create positive change and managing through disruptions.  It should fit within one of the five conference tracks below.  AFOA Canada conference attendees want to learn about best practices and lessons learned. Case studies or stories are helpful to how the approach has been successful.   Your presentation should engage the audience through the material presented or other means, such as interactive activities, interaction with audience, survey, etc.

Concurrent sessions will focus on five themes:
  • Leadership and Governance – Featuring success stories and trends in Governance
  • Management, Finance and IT – Best practices in Management, Finance and Information Technology
  • Business Development – Featuring success stories and trends in Community Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Wealth Creation – Featuring trends and best practices in creating Community Wealth
  • Human Capital – Creating Healthy Work Environments that reflect Indigenous culture

If you have a suggestion for a presentation and/or speakers, or would like to develop your own presentation on the above, please click here to download a copy of the Call for Presentations. 

Presentation suggestions
• Working Through Disruptions (Disaster Planning; Millennium Planning; Planning for Leadership Changes, etc.)
• Gender Equity
• Workplace Wellness and Stress Management
• Community Impact of Marijuana Legalization
• Fiscal Relationships
• Cyber Security
• Capital Asset and Long-Term Debt Planning
• Creation of an Economic Development Strategy
• File Management (How to Maintain Good Financial Records)
• Presentation Development
• Infrastructure
• Developing a Business Plan
• Policy Development
• Creating Effective Presentations to Chief and Council

Deadline for Submissions - Extended
The deadline for submissions was Friday, May 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm EDT and has now been extended to Friday, May 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm EDT. The submissions should be submitted in Word format. Please send your submissions by email to the Conference Secretariat at  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about the Call for Presentations, please contact George Rogerson at or 819.827.5168.

Contact Us

  If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat or AFOA Canada.
  Conference Secretariat   AFOA Canada
  Registration and Program Information
Micheline Bélanger
Telephone: 819-827-5931
Toll-Free: (866) 775-1817

Sponsorship and Exhibit Information
George Rogerson
Telephone: 819-827-5168
Toll-Free: (866) 775-1816
  1066 Somerset Street West, Suite 301
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4T3

Tel: 613-722-5543
Toll-Free: (866) 722-2362
Fax: 613-722-3467
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