Co-operative Innovation Project Final Report

Table of Contents

Executive Summary A short look at our findings

Overview An overview of the Co-operative Innovation Project, including partners, research direction, constraints, and timelines

Research Design and Methodology For those who want to know how we went about this project

Plunkett Model of Co-operative Development A look at Plunkettism as a way to think about co-op development

Western Canada — By the Numbers: Snapshot 2015 A statistical overview of western Canada’s rural and Indigenous communities

1 Co-operative Development What is co-op development?

2 Co-op Development with Aboriginal Communities Some thoughts on good practices for co-op development with western Canada’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities

3 Co-operative Development in Western Canada A look at the landscape of co-op development in western Canada

4 Co-operative Development: Building Strong Co-operatives Some insights from western Canada’s co-op developers

5 Model of a Robust Co-operative Development Environment The Co-operative Innovation Project's model of a robust co-op development environment

Telephone Survey Results from our telephone survey with more than 2,000 western Canadian rural and Aboriginal citizens. What are their needs?

Web-Based Survey Results from our web-based survey with more than 350 municipal administrators and leaders in rural and Aboriginal communities

Summary Discussion: Telephone and Web-Based Surveys Comparing the two surveys — what’s the same; where do they differ?

Needs in Rural and Aboriginal Communities in Western Canada When we visited communities, what did people say were their top community needs?

Community Capacity Are communities working together, across rural and Aboriginal western Canada? What did they say about themselves during CIP community visits?

Co-operative Innovation Project: Conclusion Some final thoughts from CIP on larger issues at play in western Canada


Appendices

Northern SK and MB Census Subdivisions

Community Planning Document

Community Meeting Participant Consent Form

Community Meeting Agenda

Note-Taker Template

Fieldnotes Template

Moderator Guide

Handout Plot

Plotting Exercise

Solutions Chart

Community Meeting Evaluation Form

Questions for Co-op Developers

Telephone Survey

Web-Based Survey

Community Reports

Arborfield, SK

Bow Island, AB

Buffalo Lake, AB

Buffalo Narrows, SK

Clinton, BC

Cross Lake, MB

Dauphin, MB

Fruitvale, BC

Gillam, MB

Gitanyow First Nation, BC

Gitsegukla First Nation, BC

High Level, AB

Humboldt, SK

Laird, SK

Maidstone, SK

Masset, BC

New Denver, BC

New Hazleton, BC

One Arrow First Nation, SK

Pinawa, MB

Rimbey, AB

Smokey Lake, AB

Sundre, AB

Warfield, BC

Whitefish Lake, AB

Yellow Grass, SK