Blogs

  • 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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  • Manufacturers Week 2016

    Written by Rodelle Genoway, CME and Shaun Soonias, SFNEDN. As we celebrate Manufacturing Week in Saskatchewan (November 28th – December 2nd), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN) wanted to reflect upon the opportunities that lie ahead for Saskatchewan and our Indigenous citizens.  Building on two recent reports

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  • New Borrowing Powers for First Nations Put in Motion

    By Heather Exner-Pirot The First Nations Fiscal Management Act was established in 2006, and over the past ten years has moved from being fairly controversial to quickly gaining momentum and buzz, with proven benefits for communities.   It was initiated with the goal of promoting the following: strengthening First Nation real property tax systems and First

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  • Opportunities in Food Industry Abound for Indigenous Entrepreneurs by Heather Exner-Pirot

    In a welcome break from the grind of conference season, Melissa Cote from the Ministry of Economy organized a tour of Saskatoon’s Food Centre and POS Bio Sciences last month for participants of Whitecap Dakota’s Aboriginal Business Forum.  These facilities offer a great opportunity for Indigenous entrepreneurs and economic development corporations to commercialize and market

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  • Reconciling Aboriginal Business: Understanding the Beginning for a Stronger Future By April D. Roberts, Manager, SFNEDN

      The Aboriginal people of Canada began their relationship with the crown in the early 1800’s with the formation of the Royal Proclamation and Treaties; it was not until the mid-1800’s that responsibility over the people was transferred to the Dominion of Canada. The courtship between Canada and the Indian people began with both sides

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  • Working with Developing Communities can be as Complex as Listening?

    Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is one of the numerous prestige speakers at the World Indigenous Business Forum to be held in Saskatoon in August 2016. Ernesto is of Italian descendent from Rome who first achieved his degree in Political Science in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 2004. Since receiving his Ph.D, Soriilli has had the opportunity

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  • Can Saskatoon Become a Global Indigenous Business Hub? By Heather Exner-Pirot

    The Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, in partnership with the Saskatoon Aboriginal Employment Partnership, recently published a report on First Nations and Métis economic development in the Saskatoon region, as well as Saskatchewan more broadly, focusing on Economic Development Corporations (EDCs) and urban reserves. Survey respondents were optimistic about their prospects for growth in

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  • Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations: A Good Model, But Room for Improvement By Heather Exner-Pirot

    One of the most important drivers of First Nations and Métis business growth in the past twenty years has been the widespread adoption of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) model. Aboriginal EDCs are the business arms of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, and typically count the members of the community as their “shareholders”. They

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  • Urban Reserves and First Nations Economic Development in the Saskatoon Region Heather Exner-Pirot

    If First Nations are to grow their market share in the Canadian economy, they will need a stronger presence in its cities, where the bulk of trade, investment and production occurs.  One promising means by which to build that presence is the establishment of urban reserves: reserves which are in or in some cases adjacent

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