About

In the spirit of peace, friendship and respect, we recognize that our work takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across Canada. We also wish to acknowledge that the CESO office in Toronto is located on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. In Montreal, our office is located on the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka.

Economic reconciliation is at the heart of what we do at CESO. With over 50 years of experience working with Indigenous communities across Canada, we understand the complexity and diversity of their resources and needs. We work in partnership with Indigenous peoples to build human capacity to create environments where members of Indigenous communities can fully participate and benefit from economic growth.

We are committed to providing Indigenous communities and businesses with flexible and affordable full-service solutions to support their development.

How we Work

  • There is an experienced and dedicated Community Relations Officer (CRO) for each project who is the main contact point for all projects.
  • After you contact CESO, we will set up a call with you and learn about your current situation and needs.
  • We look through our roster of more than 1,300 expert Volunteer Advisors (VAs)  to find 2-3 individuals who we think would be a good fit, and send you their resumes to look at.
  • We work with you to screen the individuals to make a final selection.
  • You and the expert will develop work plan together (work plans inform the cost estimate).
  • Each assignment is a combination of off-site and on-site work and it is completely at your discretion.

CESO is registered charity whose services are covered in part by public and private funding. Due to restrictions on our funding, we are required to charge $350 a day which is calculated based on 7 hours of either on-site or off-site work completed.

If you do not have the funding available, we can work with you to assess whether you are eligible for one of our sponsored programs or work with you to apply for funding to support the project.

 

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Stories

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