Blogs

  • 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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  • Exploring an Opportunity

    Creating a new business is exciting and everyone wants to see the business up and running as quickly as possible. But it pays to take the time to explore the opportunity. Learn more. By Kyle White Community Coordinator Co-operatives First First step. Take a step back. Creating a new business is exciting, especially if that

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  • Leveraging Technology in First Nations Communities


    From talking with my friends who work in First Nations communities, it’s clear there is a building interest in better leveraging technology to engage members and deliver better services. By using technology, communities can connect with each other, other communities and access outside services to support their community. Technology can mean a lot of things

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  • Regenerative Farming

    By Blain Hjertaas Introduction Shaun Soonias Introduction: Since First Nations in Saskatchewan completed the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement in 1992, we have amassed over one million acres of land, most of which is best suited for agricultural purposes.  While all of the land has been purchased on a willing buyer willing selling basis, often

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