First Nations Summit Web Redesign Case Study - Forge and Smith, Vancouver
About The Organization

The First Nations Summit is a First Nations political organization in British Columbia. It was founded in 1992 after the formation of the British Columbia Treaty Commission and the British Columbia Treaty Process. It represents the interests of First Nation band governments involved in the treaty process.

Objectives
  • Improve overall site architecture and navigation to enable easy browsing and a smooth user experience
  • Create a user-friendly "Resources" section with filtering and searching to ensure maximum value to users
  • Develop an events calendar to clearly display upcoming events
  • Reorganize and expand current blog for enhanced search and browse-ability of content
  • Implement a fully responsive solution backed by WordPress CMS

Phase 1

Prototyping

Through the collective decisions by First Nations Chiefs and leaders, as directed by resolutions, the Summit has been instructed to take a leadership and advocacy role on the full range of issues of concern to First Nations, including the BC Treaty process. Therefore, publishing a high volume of information quickly and effectively online is imperative to them.

When the First Nations Summit first approached us, they were struggling to communicate and disseminate information effectively through their website. On the backend, their website was extremely difficult to update, making it impossible to respond in real time to current events and new developments. It was also difficult for users to navigate the wealth of information available on the site.

Applying the bulk of our focus to information architecture, we worked with the First Nations Summit to design a site that made the BC treaty process more accessible through user-friendly navigation of information, tools, and resources, as well as a WordPress set up that was easy for website administrators to update quickly.

It was also important for the First Nations Summit to communicate progress and results to their users, in order to build trust and confidence. We worked with them to achieve this by creating an events page, a section on their homepage for streaming important meetings, and another section for regular blog posts.

Phase 2

Style Concepts

For the First Nations Summit, we wanted to make a site that was as equally engaging as it was informative. First-time users and band members should immediately feel like they have the appropriate information and tools to participate in the BC treaty process. This is why we focused on creating an easy-to-navigate events calendar and a searchable Resources page.

The colour palette was inspired by the natural beauty of British Columbia - blue water, green forest, pink salmon, earth tones, etc. - and First Nations art. Fluid, clear typography makes the wealth of information available to site visitors easy to digest and less overwhelming.

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Phase 3

Bringing It All Together

Whether you're new to the BC treaty process or already actively involved in it, the redesigned First Nations Summit website makes it easy to find the right information at the right time. It keeps users informed on current issues facing First Nations groups in BC, and is an invaluable, trusted online resource to those who are able to access it. Visitors from the government and media will also find it to be a useful source of information and communication.

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