Blogs

  • “Consultation has gone from a nice to do, to a must do”: Interview with Lee Ahenakew

    SFNEDN Board member Heather Exner-Pirot talks to Lee Ahenakew, Principal of Lee Ahenakew & Associates and Executive Consultant with Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Investments about structuring EDCs, the business impacts of the TRC, and the ongoing evolution in First Nations-Industry partnerships. Exner-Pirot: You’ve been involved with Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Investments in a process of

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  • Getting Ahead by Looking Behind

    Someone once said that experience is what you need right before you get it. We’ve all learned by making mistakes, and we all know the value of learning from other people’s mistakes. Being a new and inexperienced entrepreneur isn’t easy, even if you have a great idea. In fact, only ten percent of new businesses

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  • Source Water Protection With First Nations

    By Bob Patrick, PhD Water is essential to all life. The risk to human health and to the natural environment from the contamination of water sources is a concern for First Nations. As a result, some First Nations in Saskatchewan have completed “On-Reserve Source Water Protection Plans”. These plans help to protect drinking water sources

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  • Protecting Wealth, Growing Economies And Creating Jobs

    The co-operative business model and economic growth in rural and Indigenous communities In small markets, such as rural and remote communities, attracting investment and growing the local economy can be a serious challenge. In the recent past, to gain vital infrastructure and amenities, such as power, gas, financial services, groceries and market local products to

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  • FHQ Developments: Building A First Nation Economy

    As part of Saskatchewan Economic Development Week 2017, the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network interviewed leaders in the First Nation business and economic development community. Below, SFNEDN Board member Heather Exner-Pirot talks to File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Chief Edmund Bellegarde about FHQ Developments, good governance, and establishing the right partnerships.  Exner-Pirot: How long has

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  • “Planning Has Always Been An Important Part Of First Nation Livelihood”: Interview With April Roberts-Poitras

    As part of Saskatchewan Economic Development Week 2017, the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network interviewed leaders in the First Nation business and economic development community. Below, SFNEDN Board member Heather Exner-Pirot talks to April Roberts-Poitras, Interim CEO of Sturgeon Lake Developments, about structuring First Nations business, transparency with band members, and creating wealth for

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  • Montreal Lake Business Ventures: Setting The Stage For Economic Sovereignty

    As part of Saskatchewan Economic Development Week 2017, the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network interviewed leaders in the First Nation business and economic development community. Below, SFNEDN Board member Heather Exner-Pirot talks to Robert Fincati, CEO of Montreal Lake Business Ventures, about structuring First Nations business, transparency with band members, and creating wealth for

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  • Indigenous economic history, entrepreneurship, and pimâcihisowin: Interview with Milt Tootoosis

    As part of Saskatchewan Economic Development Week 2017, the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network interviewed leaders in the First Nation business and economic development community. Below, SFNEDN Board member Heather Exner-Pirot talks to Milton Tootoosis, a Councillor at Poundmaker Cree Nation, Director of Livelihood and Economic Independence at the Office of the Treaty Commissioner,

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  • Change Makers: An interview with the Executive Directors of the Saskatchewan First Nation Economic Development Network and Saskatchewan Economic Development Association

    This year, for the first time ever, the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) and the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN) partnered to have an Economic Development Week proclaimed by the Government of Saskatchewan. It will take place May 8-13, 2017.  We sat down with Verona Thibault, the Executive Director of SEDA, and Shaun

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  • With Mistawasis Land Code Vote, Saskatoon Tribal Council First to Regain Control and Management of Lands

    By April Roberts and Heather Exner-Pirot On January 16th, 2017 the members of Mistawasis First Nation voted by a ratio of 9:1 to approve its proposed Land Code, allowing the transfer of control and management of its lands back to the community, under the provisions of the First Nations Land Management Act. Mistawasis was preceded

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