Cheryl Matthew

About

Inspired. Indigenous. Authentic.

Getting things done – well.

IPRS delivers outstanding results across 3 key business areas: Policy Research, Project Management and Indigenous Relations.

Policy Research

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Assisting in policy development and research either project specific or organizational.

Project Management

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From a simple project to organizational systems thinking. Planning, development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation from start to finish.

Indigenous Relations

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Assisting you with working with Indigenous communities, cross-cultural communications, and community engagement.


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Indigenous culture is not static

Viewing Indigenous peoples as belonging to multiple communities and engaging in diverse experiences
differs from the historic bounded notions of Indigenous communities attached to geographic territories or
reserves.

All cultures evolve and change over time as people adapt to their environments while maintaining deep attachments to language, culture, history, stories, and places. Indigenous people and cultures have also evolved and are not static in a vacuum of time and space.

Why do I use the term “Indigenous?”

The term Aboriginal in Canada is used as a category that includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, as specified in
section 35.2 of the Constitution Act, 1982, I employ the term only in reference to names, government programs or
definitions. The term is problematic as it homogenizes the three distinct cultural groups. I employ the term Indigenous which is more inclusive, and culturally relevant since it refers to First Nations Status and Non-Status Indians, Métis, Inuit and mixed Indigenous people.

When you work with Indigenous people ask them what they prefer many use their Indigenous nation.

I acknowledge as a digital nomad my work is located in many traditional territories including the unceded territory of the Secwepemc, Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples, and Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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