The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Case Study
Navigating Success: Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation’s Strategic Transformation
The end of a strategic plan can be a daunting time, as your organization moves from the old plan, to the new. And if the previous plan was poorly executed the whole idea of strategic planning can feel like a colossal waste of time. It’s no secret that strategic planning can be inefficient, exhausting, and confusing, and if you’re not well-versed in the language, the jargon that’s often used can feel alienating. All this stress in the process can mean an organization creates a plan that’s too big, too small, or is just not clear about the ultimate direction the organization should take.
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation recognized their need for a clearly stated strategic plan in their pursuit of becoming a “self-sustaining, self-determining self-government.” They understood their community’s need for a visible plan for all to see as a roadmap for the future. In an effort to achieve their goals, they turned to inVision Edge’s strategic planning process.
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation is a vibrant and thriving First Nation about 800 kms north of Winnipeg and 80 kms west of Thompson. With a population of over 4,600, with land totalling to 58 square kms and a Resource Management Area of 22,975 square kms. NCN is focused on “providing education and opportunities that can help assure a positive tomorrow for youth, families, and Elders.”
How inVision Helped
To quickly achieve their goal of a clear, actionable strategic plan, the NCN Chief and Council participated in a strategy workshop with inVision. First, they worked to clarify their reason for existing and determining their desired future state. From there, they identified the forces impacting their community.
NCN then took all of this information and identified three big goals, each with three step goals, to focus on over the next five years. Lastly, they identified and worked on eliminating any obstacles, and established a plan for execution with a rhythm of accountability throughout the wider organization.
Chief and Council successfully aligned on a five-year strategic plan, working together to outline the goals to support their organization’s vision: “to exercise sovereignty that sustains a prosperous socio-economic future for Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.”
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