Professional Development

Asking for a Friend: Sneak Peek at the C2022 Fellow’s Plenary (Working Nation to Nation: Using Evaluation as a Path to Truth and Reconciliation)

This final edition of #evalAFF offers a sneak peek at the C2022 Fellow’s Plenary. Also, today (June 3) is the last day to apply for Chapter assistance for virtual registration (details below)!

This month, Andrealisa completes her term as acting Professional Development Chair with CESNS, and this season of the #evalAFF series, in anticipation of welcoming new volunteers into available Board positions at the June 22 CESNS AGM.  

To kick off Indigenous History Month, Andrealisa dedicates the Asking for a Friend YouTube video to answering questions that she will be discussing with collaborators on the C2022 Fellows Plenary Panel in Winnipeg this month on Working Nation to Nation (abstract below), and celebrates the work of Indigenous and Africentric evaluation professionals to amplify traditional ways of knowing in practice that advances anti-racism, regenerative systems transformation, DPAD, and UNDRIP.  If you are unable to attend C2022 in person, the CES NS Chapter is offering support to register for workshops and/or plenaries virtually, to Chapter members who apply by June 3. Virtual registration to all live-streamed presentations is only $50 for CES Members!

Thank you to everyone who has been asking great questions and following this channel! As I leave the role of acting PD Chair,  I would like to offer special thanks to the committee volunteers and to our IT Chair Evan Poncelet who has posted the videos, blogs, tweets, and PD promotions for us with great proficiency and generosity!

See you at the AGM on June 22!

Andrealisa Belzer, CE



A question that is often asked is; “What can we do as evaluators to support truth and reconciliation?” While our intentions are good, we are not always sure how to put our intentions into action. The members of this plenary panel will present an example of how a Canadian federal government department and First Nations are working nation to nation to decolonize evaluation, build understanding of Indigenous approaches to evaluation, and enhance the capacity of Indigenous evaluators. The initiative, which is multi-faceted and multi-year, is a concrete example of how evaluators – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – and commissioners of evaluation can work together, using evaluation as a vehicle for truth and reconciliation. The panelists will also challenge us to think about how, in our own work, we can walk the path to truth and reconciliation.

This high powered panel is comprised of: Andrealisa Belzer CE, CES award winner and Senior Evaluation Advisor First Nations and Inuit Health Branch – Atlantic Region Indigenous Services Canada; Vanessa Nevin, (Mi’kmaw) Director of Health, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat and Chair of the Stewardship Circle; Mindy Denny, (Mi’kmaw) Director of First Nation Information Governance and Data Projects, Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq; and, Dr. Nicole Bowman (Lunaape/Mohican), AEA award winner, President of Bowman Performance Consulting, and Associate Scientist with the University of Wisconsin. The panel will be introduced and moderated by Larry K. Bremner CE FCES (Métis), former CES National President, driving force behind the creation of the global network EvalIndigenous, and President of Proactive Information Services Inc.

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