Blogs

  • 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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  • 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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