Blogs

  • Finance And First Nations: An Interview With Keith Fonstad

    By Heather Exner-Pirot Keith Fonstad is a partner at MNP in Prince Albert and holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designations as well as a Master’s in Professional Accounting.  Keith has been working with First Nation communities since 2006 and joined the Board of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic

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  • Education For Indigenous Peoples

    Dr. Brian Gobbett, Vice President of Academics Great Plains College Education for Indigenous peoples, the saying goes, is the new buffalo. Readers of this blog might be interested in the MBA in Community Economic Development hosted by Great Plains College in partnership with Cape Breton University. This degree is offered in a flexible, part-time format

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  • A Review Of The Lloydminster Economic Partnership Summit 2017

    Serena Sjodin, Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Even though there was a first snow on the ground and the roads were a little hazardous, there still was a great turnout for this year’s Economic Partnership Summit, held at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on October 12, 2017. The morning started off with a grand entrance lead by

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  • The Life of an Indigenous Entrepreneur – An Interview with Ryan Linklater, CEO of Linklater House

    By Heather Exner-Pirot Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you became an entrepreneur? One day I was sitting in law class and everyone was talking about starting their own companies. I said, “what about a shoe company or clothing company?” I was looking at moccasins. They’re all the same. I thought,

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  • Bringing Employment Opportunities To The People Rather Than People To The Employment Opportunities

    How many of us want to be close to home in the last years of our life? I believe most of us want to be close to our home and the place where we were born. Humans have a strong homing instinct.  So how can we develop our home if we spend our youth and

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  • “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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