What is a Rebuilder?
What Participants Learn
Indigenous-led and grounded in Indigenous values, the program helps future Rebuilders develop skills around community engagement, movement building, wellness, and Indigenized governance practices. We equip participants with a Native nation rebuilding framework they can use to solve problems, strengthen their communities, and jumpstart their leadership journeys.
During a typical Rebuilders session, participants might find themselves:
- Touring a Native nation
- Learning about Indigenous wealth models
- Developing leadership skills through interactive lessons
- Solving real-life governance issues
- Building kinship and new connections with a cohort of peers through planned and optional activities
- Learning through hands on experiences – from cultural crafting to medicine walks
- Access to resources in support of an action plan
By participating in this program, Rebuilders contribute to the growing network of grassroots Indigenous changemakers committed to rebuilding their nations and helping their communities thrive for the next seven generations.
The first year of the program helps participants develop leadership skills and the confidence to identify what Native nation rebuilding looks like (and could look like) in their own communities. During year one, participants are required to:
- Attend and complete all modules with topics such as building self-awareness, nation rebuilding, health and wealth, systems and governing relationships, and sovereignty as a practice
- Complete all workbook activities and case studies
- Participate in live sessions and calls
- Co-lead monthly cohort discussions
- Share reflections and insights
- Propose and present your community action plan topic
In year two, we ask participants to implement and demonstrate what they’ve learned by completing a community action plan. Plans range from short-term to long-term projects that have a tangible positive impact on Tribal citizens and community members. Examples of action plans implemented by Rebuilders include:
- Community strategic planning
- Creating youth empowerment and leadership programs
- Constitutional reform initiatives
- Tribal civics and civic engagement projects
- Tribal history and administration transition manuals and presentations
- Developing culture based programing and more
During year two, participants are required to attend at least one quarterly check-in with NGC staff until completion of their community action plan.
We also provide participants with one-on-one coaching, cohort networking opportunities, and additional training during year two, which is optional but encouraged.