Naskapi Nation Public Dissemination Project Launches Facebook Group
The Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach and CBERN research group have launched a Facebook group to engage young members of the community to explore how they feel about the nearby mining developments, what questions they have about how this will impact life in the community, and what information to make available for the community to help them benefit from the mining development in the region.
The Facebook group has been used by the community and research team to ask questions and voice opinions about a nearby mineral development. Eventually, the Naskapi Nation Public Dissemination Project hopes to use the Facebook group to promote focus groups and public discussions.
The Project, involving Ben Bradshaw at the University of Guelph, Wes Cragg at York University and in partnership with the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, received a grant from SSHRC in 2009 to develop a case study and engage youth around the impact of mining in their community.
The Project continues to grow, and the team has recently added three local committee members, Cheyenne Swappie, Isabelle Pien and Jimmy Shecanapish, that assist in research and provide the project with contact in the community. The committee members will also be assisting the project in running focus group sessions this summer - an important step in understanding the concerns and resource needs of the community around mining development.