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Background
While at the International Sustainability Indicators Network (ISIN) meeting held in Toronto in March 2003, Canadian participants (plus a few others who could not make it to the larger ISIN meeting) got together over dinner to discuss the possibility of creating a Canadian version of the International Sustainability Indicators Network. Environment Canada's - National Indicators and Reporting Office has been eager to support the formation of a Canadian network based on a "Community of Practice" model that is being promoted within the department. This means that there will be an emphasis on self-governance, self-selection and participation based on interest, capturing knowledge and encouraging learning and innovation.
 
The group at the dinner was very strong on maintaining a close link to the International Sustainability Indicators Network. A tentative name for the Canadian version was proposed as the "Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network" (CSIN). In the end the group saw a need to deal with Canadian issues related to indicators from the perspective of Canadian practitioners. At the same time, no one wants to drain any energy from the International Sustainability Indicators Network.
 
A Steering Committee for the group was struck and a facilitator announced. Next steps are for the National Indicators and Reporting Office to rewrite the "proposal" to become more of a group "charter" and start discussions on priority actives with the Steering Committee and the larger group. A tentative priority activity would be to organize a meeting of the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network for early next year and aim at having a Canadian meeting during those years that the ISIN meeting is not occurring. The other tentative priority is to establish a Web tool for the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network that serves the members but links easily to the International Sustainability Indicators Network Internet discussion. A draft charter and update on the progress towards the creations of a Canadian network will likely be coming your way in June.

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