Blogs

  • Indigenous Tourism Hitting New Strides in Saskatchewan: An Interview with Christian Boyle

    By Heather Exner-Pirot This month, SFNEDN talks to Christian Boyle, owner of Glyph Creative Strategy, about the budding Indigenous tourism in Saskatchewan. HEP: How did you first get involved in the tourism industry? CB: My background is in community and economic development, but I’ve mainly focused on the tourism industry. My love of tourism comes

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  • Values And Integrity The Key To Flying Dust’s Economic Success: An Interview With Albert Derocher

    By Heather Exner-Pirot This month, SFNEDN interviews Albert Derocher, the General Manager of FDB Holdings – Flying Dust First Nation’s corporate arm.  Exner-Pirot: Can you tell me a little bit about FDB Holdings? Derocher: FDB has a long history – it started in 1988, thirty years ago. Even before that, Flying Dust had a number

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  • Are First Nations Organizations Viable Partners for Business Succession and Transition in Saskatchewan?

    By Peter Moroz Many successful entrepreneurs and business people in Saskatchewan are looking to transition their companies via sale, succession or partnerships. A recent Canadian survey suggests that this applies to upwards of 70% of small and medium sized businesses. The succession of these companies is important to the economy for reasons beyond their contribution

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  • Interest In Cannabis Growing Op With First Nations: Interview With Shaun Soonias

    By Heather Exner-Pirot What has sparked the sudden interest in cannabis as an economic opportunity? The plan for legalization of marijuana by the Liberal government is the primary trigger. But there’s also been more research on medicinal uses of the plant and its use in general becoming much more mainstream. Equally important, there’s lots of

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  • Interview With Heather Abbey

    This month, SFNEDN spoke with Heather Abbey, the founder of Indig Inc and a prominent role model and mentor for women and Indigenous entrepreneurs. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? Sure! I’m a Cree woman from Little Pine First Nation. I grew up in Regina and spent over a dozen years of my

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  • 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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