The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has signed agreements with both the Canadian YMCA and the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) that the groups hope will bring more prosperity and health to aboriginal communities going forward.
The AFN and CESO renewed their 12-year-old partnership agreement in on December 16, and in the coming months they will develop a work plan for enhancing “institutional and human resources capacity to the economic growth, community well-being and nation-building of First Nations,” according to both groups.
CESO’s goal is to “provide needed technical services to First Nations communities,” the nonprofit volunteer organization said in a statement posted on its Web site on December 16. “Through this partnership the AFN and CESO have agreed to develop a joint action plan that focuses on building First Nations capacity in governance, economic development, financial management, and emergency preparedness.”
CESO deploys 3,000 volunteers worldwide on projects involving social and economic development, governance, the environment, youth entrepreneurship and public engagement, the group’s Web page says.
YMCA programs include the Canadian Post-Secondary Access Partnership Program, which caters to those who are either the first in their families to consider a post-secondary education; have recently arrived in Canada; or who come from a First Nations, Métis or Inuit community, according to the Y’s Web site.