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First Nations Partnership Programs
School of Child and Youth Care
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Tel: (250) 472-4128




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First Nations Partnership Programs: University-based Directors.

Alan Pence, Ph.D., founded the First Nations Partnership Programs (FNPP) in 1989/90 while working in partnership with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC), Saskatchewan. That collaboration resulted in the development of a 'generative approach' to Indigenous education that ensured local voices were incorporated into the educational program. The pilot programs with the MLTC were externally evaluated, with the lead evaluator noting the importance of broader community development impacts achieved through the program (Jette, 1993). The FNPP entered into partnership arrangements with a total of ten Tribal Organizations over an 18 year period (1989-2007). Dr. Pence was joined by Dr. Jessica Ball in 1994, and when Dr. Pence became engaged with tertiary education in Africa in 1999/2000 (see, Dr. Ball continued as FNPP Director through 2007.  (brief bio statement)

Jessica Ball, M.P.H., Ph.D., brings to this work over a dozen years of working internationally and cross-culturally in innovative projects that incorporate indigenous knowledge and involve community members as full partners in designing, delivering, and evaluating culturally responsive programs of training and human service delivery. Jessica led the program evaluation research project. Jessica led a study evaluating the first 7 partnership programs (1998-2000) and a follow-up study of community capacity building (2003-2004). (brief bio statement)


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Program graduates at Mount Currie First Nation
Program graduates at Mount Currie First Nation