Board Governance Tools

Strong Circle offers board governance training and board policies through Indigenous Ways of Knowing, a trauma-informed lens, and a decolonization approach.

Board Governance Tools

Strong Circle offers board governance training and board policies through Indigenous Ways of Knowing, a trauma-informed lens, and a decolonization approach.

Board Governance Training & Policies

The Strong Circle Model of Governance ©

The Strong Circle Model of Governance © is designed to strengthen and support organizations who hold community at their core. Governance is viewed through different ways of knowing – minds, hearts, intuition, and teachings passed down from generations before. We review responsibilities related to ensuring the organization is “future ready”; due diligence (legal and financial duties); impact of the agency’s Reason for Being, and; learning from the past to navigate the future.

Decolonizing Approach to Training

We embed Indigenous ways of knowing, being and seeing in our work. We incorporate peer- based learning and support into all that we do. We are grounded in the philosophy that there is “wisdom in every seat”. Training depth and intensity is tailored to the board based on a comprehensive governance assessment tool.

Board Governance Policies

We offer a comprehensive set of board governance policies that meet legislative standards and weave in Indigenous knowledge and local organizational context. Policies are trauma-informed and address legal, financial, and fiduciary responsibilities such as: conflict of interest; board roles & responsibilities; CEO compensation & limitations, and; risk management systems.

Decolonizing our Practice

The Strong Circle Model of Governance © training curriculum is offered back to Indigenous organizations for annual board orientation sessions as a standing training tool. Workshop participants are invited to join our Circle Team to lead or co-lead future training in their local communities, or for other nonprofits throughout BC. Our offerings don’t involve the exploitation of Indigenous nonprofits to generate profit.

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