Blogs

  • 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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  • Co-ops: the fourth business model By Merle Massie, Co-operatives First

    Are you thinking of setting up a business? Fantastic. What business model are you planning to use? Let me guess: you are considering one of three basic models: sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Economic development organizations across western Canada – from Community Futures to Indigenous economic development – tend to cite these three ‘most common’

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  • Muskowekwan To Become First Band in Canada to Get Mineral Rights on Own Reserve Land By April Roberts and Heather Exner-Pirot

    After eight years of jumping through legal and bureaucratic hoops, Muskowekwan is poised to become the first Band in Canada to have the mineral rights to its reserve land, and only the third to gain regulatory security through the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA).  “We are at the last mile,” said Muskowekwan’s

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