Fostering Trust and capacity in the Tetlit Gwichin Band Council

Regions: Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: social sciences, governance, organizational relationship

Principal Investigator: Connell, Taig J. M. (1)
Licence Number: 14791
Organization: Royal Roads University
Licensed Year(s): 2010
Issued: Aug 11, 2010
Project Team: Simon Blakesley (Supervisor, Royal Roads University)

Objective(s): To help the Tetlit Gwich'in Band Council organization become more transparent in the eyes of the membership.

Project Description: The objective of this research is to help the Tetlit Gwich’in Band Council (TGBC) organization become more transparent in the eyes of the membership. Concerns from the membership indicate that the good work council is doing is not been accurately represented, more effort needs to be made by council to be seen doing the work they profess they do. To address these concerns this research will focus on the building of trust and capacity within the organization. It’s anticipated that by strengthening relationships and identifying support resources for the organization will help bridge the relationship between the organization and its members thus allowing for greater transparency.

The two research methods used will be interviews and a focus group session.

The interviews will be conducted at the Aurora College learning center in Fort McPherson or at another place that is convenient to the participants. The interview questions are designed to encourage open responses to open ended questions asked by the interviewer. The questions will attempt to encourage the interviewee to talk openly and freely about stories or experiences that relate to the questions being asked. Notes will be taken and a recorder will be used to record their responses.

The focus group session will consist of those who participated in the interview process. Questions from the interviews will be prepared for the focus group discussion that will take place at the Aurora College learning center or at another convenient location within the community. The purpose of the focus group is to allow participants to share together experiences, perspectives and insights on the questions being discussed. The researcher will use an audio recorder and an assistant to record information.

Participants in the program will only be the staff and council of the TGBC of Fort McPherson. Staff and council will be compensated for their time while participating in the research. The benefits to the Band Council and membership from this research will be increased transparency, improved working relationships within the organization and improved efficiency and effectiveness of all programs delivered through the TGBC.

Plans are to give a presentation to council and staff once the research has been completed and put into report form. At this time the Chief, council and staff will be given a copy of the report for review. A short summary of the report will be provided to the participants and any questions the participants may have regarding the research will be answered.


The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from August 10, 2010 to December 31, 2010.