President’s Message – February 2017

To all our valued CFAR Society members and friends,

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of CFAR Society, I would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest gratitude to you and your organizations for the support you have provided to us. The past few years have seen our organization adapt to the ever changing needs of our members from community, industry and government in support of our Relationships and our liaisons and practitioners.

Our organization continues to achieve various objectives; most notably the delivery of the Indigenous Community-Industry Relations (ICIR) Certificate program which was launched at the 2015 Annual CFAR Conference in Enoch, Alberta. This CFAR driven initiative was developed in partnership with the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension. The work, thinking and relationship building required to develop the core competencies and curriculum have been ongoing for a decade, well in advance of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Calls to Action.

We continue to deliver an Annual Conference focused on topical issues, opportunities and challenges relevant to Indigenous/Aboriginal Relations. In addition we host smaller networking events throughout the year. These are opportunities for our members and interested parties to engage in meaningful dialogue related to our work and interests as practitioners in the field of Indigenous Relations.

We are able to continue to deliver these successful initiatives thanks to the support of your organization and our other valued sponsor partners. We work diligently to both be cost-effective in managing our organization and to provide a high level of value to our sponsors.

Sponsorship is critical to CFAR Society’s ability to provide the programs, events and platforms that our members working with and within First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada, seek.

In the upcoming weeks and months, we will be reaching out to your organization as well as many others that believe in our mission. We have developed more options for sponsor participation and recognition to increase the value of the return on investment and the ability to adapt it to the specific needs of our sponsors.

Once again, thank you for your support of CFAR Society. We look forward to speaking with you in the near future and look forward to speaking with you at our upcoming events.