In June 2017, Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada,
McGill University's Institute for the Study of International
Development, and Vancouver Island University held an
inaugural innovative initiative, The Emerging Leaders
for Sustainable Community Development program,
which promoted relationship building and reconciliation
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
through leadership collaboration and development.
The program themes were Ethics and Good Governance;
Inclusiveness, Diversity and Community Engagement;
Collaborative Leadership; and, Sustainability.
Over 6 days, this program brought together 38 emerging
leaders for three days of classroom work and three days
of study tours on Vancouver Island.
The classroom component, delivered by the Institute for
the Study of International Development, Vancouver Island
University and the Nanwakolas Council, was divided into
6 modules which were examined from an indigenous/
non-indigenous perspective and explored the implications
for future leaders.