Blogs

  • 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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  • What is the Trans Pacific Partnership and why should it matter to Indigenous Communities

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which evolved out of the round of global trade talks in Doha, Qatar in 2001; could be considered a new and much improved North American Free Trade Agreement.  It begins with United States and Japan followed by Canada, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Vietnam and Brunei and hopes

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  • First Nations Economic Development in Saskatchewan: Going Mainstream

    The dominant narrative of the province of Saskatchewan for the past decade has been one of prosperity, with a lot of hype about the “Saskaboom” accompanying global demand for our natural resources, especially in the agricultural, energy, and mining industries. The other half of that story, which has not gotten as much attention outside of

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  • Unity and Reinvestment: The Two Keys to Building a Future Through Investment

    When the majority of your community members are unemployed, there are significant social and economic challenges, and you simply don’t have enough funding to cover your community’s needs, it is incredibly tempting to tap into any resource you have to help address the challenges. Like many First Nations communities, our company’s shareholders face these kinds

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  • Building Blocks of Business Success

    Have you ever looked at successful First Nation development corporations and wondered, “What is the secret to their success”? The truth is there is no secret formula, success in business (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) is created by hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and ensuring right building blocks are in place. The first two you have to bring

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  • Fixed or Floating by Frank Busch

    When planning major projects, a First Nations community must look at the long-run. There are many options available for financing such projects, but are they all equal? As more and more First Nations move away from the “status quo” annual funding model, terms and rates of financing become important to analyze and understand. The challenge

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