Aboriginal Services

Nestu’et Management Consulting provides advisory services to First Nations, Inuit Communities, Aboriginal Organizations, Tribal Councils as well as working with other external private and public sector partners to these communities.

We have had the honour to work with leaders and community members across Canada, from coast to coast. We work to ensure that with every assignment we learn something new and become wiser and more knowledgeable. Nestu’et is Led by Jennifer Young and supported by a group of experienced employees, associates and independent specialists.

Each First Nation, Innu, and Inuit community is different. Each has different stories, histories, culture and language. The members of each community have a unique vision of where they want to go and what they hope to achieve over the coming years. Much of Nestu’et’s work in communities has been to guide leaders, administration, elders and members as they explore their vision, examine their governance structures, analyze community health and social needs, design and implement economic development strategies and evaluate existing and potential directions.

Consulting with First Nations, Aboriginal Organizations, Tribal Councils, Inuit Governments and other Native associations requires getting to know the people, the leadership, the elders and youth in communities at a level that few have had the opportunity to experience. Clients become friends, and short term projects become long-term relationships.

Economic Development

While on retreat with the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, Jennifer was taught how to set a bough floor in a traditional Innu tent. All of the women including the women Elders stayed in this tent.

Economic Development is as much about social and community issues as it is about economics and profits.

Based on her earlier experience conducting Economic Development Planning, setting up for-profit Economic Development Corporations, conducting comprehensive Community Assessments as well as facilitating community based strategic planning with various First Nations communities, Jennifer was invited to work with SIFN Leaders and Senior staff to develop a multi-year Economic and Social Development Plan for the community.

Governance and Planning

Jennifer enjoying a laugh with Brenda Gardener, General Manager Nazko First Nation, during the corporate reception of the AFOA Annual Conference 2011.

Planning and Governance in First Nations communities requires that we acknowledge the past and look to the future. Jennifer has had the honour of working with leaders, Elders, administrators, youth, and members in communities across Canada as they examine their current vision and Governance structure, and develop new strategic community plans, policies and procedures for moving towards their collective vision.

She has worked with over 70 First Nations and Aboriginal organizations from coast to coast to coast helping to facilitate change and create accountability and transparency for responsible governments.

Corporate Leadership

Nestu’et has worked with senior executives to discuss strategic direction and inclusion of aboriginal objectives which work to achieve corporate goals while nurturing a positive, culturally sensitive corporate environment. We have been brought in to deliver presentations to the entire team and also worked with small groups of senior executives to facilitate the process.

Developing Effective Community Relationships and Partnerships

To achieve successful consultation and accommodation requires the establishment of tangible relationships and productive open communications. Understanding the underlying motivation of all parties is essential to facilitating the development of effective partnerships. The Nestu’et team has conducted many strategic and community planning facilitated processes working on behalf of all parties.

Community Communication and Consultation

Working with First Nation, Innu, and Inuit communities is a great privilege. Marilyn and Jennifer have worked with communities facing enormous decisions and needing to implement change. Understanding the unique needs, issues and history of the people is essential to support them through any communication and consultation process.

Human Resources

This dancer, Sarah Drew, is a proud member of the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jennifer has recently been asked to assess and recommend revisions to the wage and salary structure for the Miawpukek Nation. Jennifer’s Human Resources experience includes developing Accountability Frameworks, Job Descriptions, Performance Appraisal Systems, Leadership and Management development programs, Staff training programs, Team building exercises and writing Human Resources Policies.

Having conducted numerous Organizational and Operational reviews, Jennifer sometimes has been involved in the subsequent restructuring and re-staffing of Band Offices and Aboriginal Organizations.


While conducting a feasibility study on the need for an Addictions Treatment Center on behalf of the fourteen First Nations of the Council of Yukon First Nations, Jennifer took this picture of the Church in Ross River, Yukon.

For some, the term “Healthy Community” means having access to a nurse and a midwife; for some it means access to clean water and decent housing; and for others, it means healthy living and jobs. Jennifer has conducted Organizational and Operational Reviews of First Nations Health Departments and Aboriginal Health Society offices and clinics. She has designed and facilitated comprehensive community Health Needs Assessments in communities ranging in size from 100 to 7,000 members. She has led numerous external program evaluation studies of single and multiple communities as well as one study which covered the three northern territories of Canada.

Ethics and Values

Respect, trust and integrity have always been the foundation for Jennifer’s consulting work. Having developed the curriculum, Jennifer has been teaching “Ethics and Values in the Aboriginal Workplace” as well as “Politics of Ethical Decision Making for Elected Leaders” for the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada both online and as a facilitated workshop.

Call or e-mail, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss how we can help your business or organization. If we find we can’t give you the answer you need, we will point you in the direction of someone who can.