Our previous work related to family houses and to Qanuingisiarta have provided us with a wealth of information. But how do we transform this information into useable knowledge by and for communities?
This is what our Community Mobilisation project is about.
A group of partners come together to work around our shared experiences and to build vocabulary, stories, visuals, models, materials that can be brought together to create training and support to communities. We are hoping that the process of knowledge creation ensure that the knowledge remain within the region and that the partners have the tools and support necessary to share that knowledge with others.
As the models become more refined, and with approval of partners, they will be shared.
Community mobilisation is a process by which groups use knowledge of their needs and vulnerabilities in order to overcome the social barriers they face through collective action. Mobilisation is generally described as acts of civil participation, the degree of collective decision-making and the level of perceived ownership and control that a group of people will have in a collective movement. The process is generally open and unpredictable with people having different levels and types of participation over time and based on context.
Empowerment refers to the possibility of assessing one’s own needs to attain the health and wellbeing that one envisions for oneself. It means having greater control over one’s quality of life, on an individual and a collective level. It has been defined by some as an active engagement in one’s environment and working with others towards a common goal. For many, the concept of self-empowerment is intrinsically linked to relationships, feelings of belonging, environmental conditions, and the ability to act for one’s personal and collective wellbeing