Dzawada’enuxw Comprehensive Community Plan

Date: 2008-2010

The Dzawada’enuxw CCP was developed in phases over three years, exploring the traditional governance, social practices, and community issues and their historical roots. The plan describes a vision for future generations incorporating traditional laws, values and practices. Innovations include a uniquely Dzawada’enuxw approach to community development based on the concept of holistic healing, which means that to be truly healthy, one must have physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health at four distinct levels of healing – the individual, the family, the community, and the Nation. A unique output from this process was the creation of comic book-style pamphlets using rich graphics, and traditional characters and symbols to make complex ideas such as wealth generation and traditional governance accessible to a large audience.