Andrea Jane Williams

Andrea Jane WilliamsFirst Nation, Project Manager/Senior Analyst

Honours B.A., M.A.
Owner/Project Director / Senior Analyst
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Andrea Jane Williams has 25 years experience in working with First Nation communities in Ontario and 15 years experience with community development, research, assessment and evaluation with First Nations, Aboriginal organizations and programs nationally. She has amassed extensive knowledge of First Nation culture, communications, language, history and issues. A member of Sandy Lake First Nation, Ms. Williams established a network of contacts in First Nation Provincial Territorial Organizations, Independent First Nations for on-reserve and Non-Governmental Organizations for off-reserve interests, with strengths in identifying, developing and nurturing critical stakeholder relationships to encourage integration and coordination of research, performance measures, formative evaluations and impact analysis within a culturally relevant framework. She has extensive experience in First Nation research, strategic planning, assessment and evaluation including project management. She has practical experience working with the diverse First Nation communities delivering programs and developing policy, and has an understanding of the issues they face. Her experience and success in this field is now recognized internationally and she is working with community groups to facilitate government engagement of marginalized groups in decision-making. In 2008, Ms Williams received an International Award for Excellence in the area of diversity in organizations, communities and nations in a referred process.

Subject matter expertise crosses numerous disciplines including, governance, lands and trust, comprehensive community planning, housing, health, mental health, public health, justice, education and early childhood development. She has a Masters Degree in Native Studies and completed two years of her PhD in Indigenous Studies before responding to the request of the community to continue working in the field rather than pursue further academic accomplishments.

Ms. Williams has demonstrated the ability to lead and conduct a review and analysis of formal and informal research findings and has experience in analysing trends, models and other forms of evidence for effective decision-making. She has extensive experience in facilitation, conducting environmental scanning, issues identification analysis and synthesis of research and other material for the development of outcomes/best practices. Ms. Williams also has experience providing policy and program direction, expertise and advice to First Nations, Aboriginal organizations and to government. She is skilled in identifying information requirements and developing analytical models for databases, testing, monitoring and tracking mechanisms to support research and evaluation initiatives, and emerging priorities. She has a proven track record for preparing complex briefing notes, reports, position papers and executive summaries within tight deadlines. She has extensive experience in conducting environmental scanning, issues identification analysis and synthesis of research and other material for the development of outcomes/best practices. Andrea is also a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society. In 2008, Ms Williams co-authored a paper with Beverley Jacobs on the Legacy of Residential Schools for Missing and Murdered First Nation Women that was selected as a lead chapter a publication by the First Nation Healing Foundation.

As a former teaching associate at Trent University Native Studies department, Ms Williams has extensive experience educating individuals regarding the historical experiences and current dynamics regarding First Nation people in Canada. Ms Williams is known for her ability to increase awareness of and bridge different worldviews. She has practical experience working with the diverse First Nation communities delivering programs and negotiating self-government, and has an understanding of the issues they face. She also possesses extensive knowledge and understanding of the complexities and restrictions faced by federal and provincial government employees while undertaking program management. Through her work, she has been successful at increasing awareness and understanding of the roles different skills attitudes and beliefs play in the communication and decision-making process. Her experience and success in this field is now recognized internationally and she has worked with community groups, the government and academics in North of Ireland to facilitate government engagement of marginalized groups. By facilitating an increased recognition and respect for different viewpoints, stakeholders have been able to move forward in reaching their common goals and outcomes.

Current
Owner / Project Director / Senior Analyst
Education
Honours B.A., M.A.
Phone
1 (587) 284 4029