Weaving Two Worlds Together

Experience and Success Working For You

About

As Indigenous people and the rest of Society seek to reconcile and build new, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships there is a need for facilitators and leaders with proven experience and success in this area.

Indigenuity Consulting Group was established in 2000 to respond to this need for experts who understand the changes that are occurring and can develop workable solutions for our changing world.

Our team draws on extensive experience in working with Indigenous communities and organizations, government, and the private sector. We specialize in delivering meaningful engagement and consultation processes, building partnerships and joint ventures and defining and delivering strategies that lead to real and measurable results. We are driven by the values of creativity,  respect, accountability and integrity, understanding, giving back, and gratitude.

 

Services

Indigenuity provides a range of consulting and advisory services to a diverse clientele from First Nations, Indigenous organizations, all levels of governments and the private sector through term contracts with specific deliverables or through ongoing retainer contracts.

Our primary services include:

Indigenous Consultation & Engagement
Public & Stakeholder Engagement
Strategy creation and policy development
Corporate capacity development in Indigenous Relations
Research & report writing
Negotiations, leadership, and support
Facilitation
Implementation of benefit agreements
Indigenous inclusion or procurement initiatives

CONSULTATION

Our team has the skills and experience to design, implement, and document successful consultation strategies that not only meet regulatory requirements, but assist your company in creating the foundation for long lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with the communities in which you operate. Our experience includes working on site specific resource development projects, as well as linear projects, and we have lead consultation and engagement with over 60 communities.

PARTNERSHIP

Our team believes that resource development is about more than building projects; it is about the parties sharing strengths, working together to find creative solutions to project challenges, and creating long lasting partnerships that provide opportunities for both parties to achieve their vision and goals. This mindset has guided the development of a number of creative partnership structures on various projects.

STRATEGY

Indigenuity Has Extensive Experience Working With Senior Level Executive And Management Teams To Create And Implement Indigenous And Community Relations Strategies Around Resource And Project Development. Our Knowledge And Evolving Consultation Requirements And Current Environmental Context Allows Us To Help You Define Strategic Objectives Which Result In On The Ground Action To Help You And Your Team Achieve Project Success.

Team

Cheryl Brooks

Cheryl Brooks

President

Cheryl who is a Sto:lo from the community of Sts’ailes in the Upper Fraser Valley of BC, has been the President of Indigenuity Consulting Group for the past 14 years. Prior to this, she was the first aboriginal woman to achieve Associate Deputy Minister status in the BC government, holding that position in the Ministry of Energy, Mines. Cheryl has also held several other senior positions in aboriginal organizations and the corporate sector including that of the founder and first Manager of BC Hydro’s highly regarded Aboriginal Relations Department.

In 1994, the Canadian Business Review recognized Cheryl as one of the first people in Canada to publicly express that relationship building between indigenous and other peoples, was the needed foundation for solutions to socio-economic disparity and its resulting tensions and conflict. The article she then wrote for the Business Review has been quoted as a seminal reference. Around the same time, her work was cited in the Hill, Sloan book on Best Practices in Aboriginal Relations. For the past 25 + years, Cheryl’s work and voluntary efforts have been focused on creating practical approaches to developing relationships that deliver tangible benefits to both the aboriginal and non- aboriginal parties in relationships.

Ms. Brooks leads the Indigenuity team in its work on relationship building between First Nations and the corporate sector, engagement and consultation processes, developing business partnerships and joint ventures. She is also recognized for her outstanding strategic planning, negotiation, communications and facilitation skills. As well as having extensive knowledge of and connections to First Nations, Ms. Brooks is an accomplished speaker and has numerous published works including the book, “In Celebration of Our Survival; the First Nations of BC” & “Rights, Risk & Respect–a First Nations Perspective”.

Janis Brooks

Janis Brooks

Managing Partner

Janis Brooks is a Sto:lo from Sts’ailes who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Management from Vancouver Island University and a Diploma in Business Administration from Malaspina University College.

Janis is currently leading several community engagement and consultation processes, developing industry training programs, conducting strategic planning processes and working on business development opportunities. She also manages marketing and communications initiatives for ICG and for some of our clients. Our clients value her youthful enthusiasm, attention to detail and engaging communication throughout our project processes. Janis has worked with both First Nations in British Columbia and Aboriginal organizations in Australia. During her time studying abroad, she worked both with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative and the Koori Institute for Education at Deakin University.

Janis is a Ch’nook Scholars Alumni and has volunteered time as a ‘College Cousin’ with Aboriginal high school students interested in pursuing post-secondary education. She also was a founding member of the AHRC’s Young Indigenous Professionals Advisory Group and is a member of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo.

Brock Endean

Brock Endean

Consultant

Brock Endean is Métis and brings a variety of skills and experience in community development, public engagement, project and event management, and education/training programs to the Indigenuity team. He also has a keen eye and ability to help our clients communicate visually through graphic and web design. Brock enjoys working closely with Indigenous leaders, industry professionals, and community members to identify ways to support and encourage sustainable economic development for BC’s Indigenous communities.

Brock’s passion lies in establishing vibrant communities through economic development, youth engagement, and social enterprise. His professional experience reflects his commitment to development of community; he served as Manager for the Chase Chamber of Commerce and as Lead of UBC’s Sauder School of Business’ Ch’nook Scholars program. His volunteer work encompasses many different sectors/roles and extends far beyond his home as he contributes to provincial, national and international initiatives including programs in Peru, Mexico, and Ethiopia.

Clients

Indigenuity has over 16 years of experience working with First Nations, Indigenous organizations, all levels of government and public agencies, non-profit agencies, and private sector companies.

Some of our previous and current clients include:

  • Alteck Line Contractors
  • Avanti Mining
  • BC Aboriginal Childcare Society
  • BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission
  • BC Assembly of First Nations
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Transmission Corporation
  • BC Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services
  • Calvert Fund
  • Comox Valley Regional District
  • Columbia River Treaty Interim Technical Working Group
  • Enbridge Inc.
  • ecoTECH Energy Group
  • First Nations Energy and Mining Council
  • First Nations Leadership Council
  • First Nations Schools Association
  • First Nations Summit
  • First Nations Urban Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Steering Committee
  • Flatiron-Graham, a Joint Venture
  • Fortis BC
  • Fortune Minerals

  • Gitxsan Child and Family Services
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Lehigh Hanson
  • Metlakatla First Nation
  • Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation
  • Ministry of Energy Mines, BC
  • Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, BC
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Polaris Minerals
  • Pembina Pipelines
  • Rockstad Power
  • Royal Roads University
  • Spirit Threads Ltd.
  • Teck Resources
  • Terasen Gas Ltd.
  • Three Corners Health Society
  • Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Vancouver Coastal Aboriginal Planning Committee
  • Williams Lake Indian Band

Contact Us

If you would like more information about Indigenuity, our consultants, our services, or our availability, please complete the form below. We would be happy to provide you with additional information and address any of your questions.

Phone: 250-746-1040

Address: 2500 Trillium Terrace, Duncan BC, V9L 5J7