Blogs

  • 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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  • That’s a Wrap!! Highlights from the SFNEDN Forum on Economic Diversification By Heather Exner-Pirot

    On April 6, 2016 the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN) held its fourth annual forum. With commodity prices at the low end of the business cycle, we chose to focus on opportunities in economic sectors outside of resource development. Although the potash, oil & gas and uranium industries have provided significant opportunity for

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  • Economic Diversification: Sustainability or Growth By April D. Roberts

    Young people want opportunity, the next generation wants jobs and knowledge; they want to be connected to the global economy through technology and innovation. However, given the inevitable boom and bust cycles and with no identified strategy to mitigate risk, future generations could potentially inherit a weak and volatile market with commodities that are limited

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  • Northern Business Task Force By Lindsay Wileniec

    The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce’s Northern Business Task Force released their report of Recommendations in December 2014.  The Task Force, which is co-chaired by Geoff Gay and Gord Gillespie, aims to provide recommendations that will accelerate northern Saskatchewan’s economic and social development. Following discussions in 2013 and 2014, the Task Force compiled the following list

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  • Money vs. Currency…What’s the Difference and Who Cares Anyway?

    Have you ever considered the concept of what “money” actually “is” or “does”?  If not, then you’re not alone…Most people only know that they both need and want more of it!  Going a little deeper into the same question, have you ever considered why we have two words in English for “money”…namely, “currency” as well

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  • Capacity Building Research WITH and FOR Communities By Lee Swanson, BNCE Project Leader and Associate Professor, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan

    Good things can result when communities with social and economic development goals work with university researchers in meaningful ways designed to better understand the underlying conditions that might help or hinder community development efforts. The benefits to communities from working in partnership with researchers who are truly committed to working with and for communities rather

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  • Applying Indigenous Values to Investment Strategies By Shaun Soonias

    Pre-contact, Indigenous peoples had vibrant economies based not on wealth as we have come to understand it today, but values that respected our communities and our resources, sometimes known as “natural capital”; the land, water, trees, etc. Our values persist and these values have been identified in recent studies as critical to successfully transitioning generational

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  • Addressing Business Readiness By April D. Roberts

    Despite the current economic downturn, the province of Saskatchewan is expected to maintain its new role as an economic driver in Canada. The demand for Saskatchewan’s natural resources will continue to fuel economic growth, in relation to global demand for uranium, potash, and agricultural goods, putting Saskatchewan in a position of strength and opportunity for

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  • Aboriginal Banking By Lindsay Wileniec

    A few years ago, Chief Darcy Bear and Whitecap Dakota First Nation formed an important relationship with Bank of Montreal. Unlike other domestic banks, BMO offered Whitecap Dakota First Nation longer, more favourable lending terms for on-reserve infrastructure projects. Whitecap Dakota First Nation, located in close proximity to Saskatoon, has flourished and continues to be

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