What are the Elements of an Effective Indigenous Joint Venture?

Canada’s historical reputation is of a country where living conditions were good, and there were ample economic opportunities - a “land of milk and honey.” Europeans were wooed to come to Canada, settle, and reap the benefit of its vast resources. And come they did, and reap the benefits they did.

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Urban Reserves and Economic Independence

Paul K. Ledoux, Council Member, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation was a guest speaker at the Urban Reserves Forum in Winnipeg in early March 2016. Paul contacted us for permission to use some of the tips in our ebook 27 Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples® Must Do’s as part of his presentation. Paul is so informed about developing and managing an urban reserve we wanted to learn more so here's our Q & A with him. Paul's' bio and a link to download a pdf of his presentation are at the end of the article. 

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Ramona Materi Ingenia Consulting

Ramona Materi, MPA, MEd is the President of Ingenia Consulting. Ingenia consults on labour market and economic development issues. The firm has worked with First Nations, the natural gas, solid wood, mining and environmental sectors and developed workforce training strategies for Northwest and Northeast BC.

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Doing Business with First Nations Leasing Land

There is a new reality taking shape in the Canadian economy. More than ever before, First Nations are pursuing and achieving a greater share in the benefits and opportunities that come with being players in the mainstream real estate property economy.

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9 tips for doing business with First Nations

Updated: February 2018

The time has come and we see action on the horizon in terms of change coming politically, legally and economically for Aboriginal Peoples. Improving First Nations economic development potential is desirable not only for the First Nation, but also for Canada’s mainstream businesses and the national economy. Business owners increasingly recognize the link between the success of First Nations economic development interests and that of their own. On their part, First Nations increasingly are actively pursuing economic development opportunities on reserve and within their traditional territory lands.

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Frank Busch First Nations Finance Authority

Frank Busch is Director of Information and Marketing for First Nations Financial Authority (FNFA) and is passionate about the ability of FNFA to provide First Nations with access to the same financing opportunities that are available to other levels of government. Frank is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and grew up in Northern Manitoba. He was educated at the University of Manitoba and has spent his professional life in the Financial Sector. He is also an author and regular contributor to Troy Media.

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First Nations and Big Retail Outlets - Signs of Respect

This presentation is called First Nations and Big Retail Outlets. I was inspired to do this while on a recent trip to Campbell River, BC when I noticed this Target Store logo with First Nations designs beside it. That’s when it dawned on me that the local First Nations were involved in a big way in the retail sector. Not only were they involved, but it was with an all star cast of some of the biggest names in retail like The Home Depot.



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"Dances with Dependency" - Book review by Frank Busch

WESTBANK FIRST NATION, BC, May 26, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Calvin Helin’s book, Dances with Dependency changed my life forever. As a university-educated Aboriginal, I was looking for answers to questions like: how could I best serve the Aboriginal Community? What are the solutions to the hardships faced by those living on-reserve? How can the quality of life be raised for all Aboriginal people?

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Jerry Asp, Tahltan Economic Development

Jerry Asp's presentation at our "Expanding Our Knowledge Conference" on April 15, 2013 in Vancouver.

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Aboriginal People: pro-development or pro-conservation?

I’m often asked this question in my workshops. My answer is, “It depends.” There are two considerations that come into play in evaluating a community’s views on development or conservation - belief structures and socio-economic conditions.

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