Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Day
The government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed May 7-12, 2018 Economic Development Week in Saskatchewan. Of particular importance to our First Nation members is that May 7, 2018 has been proclaimed Indigenous Economic Development Day in Saskatchewan.
SFNEDN is celebrating Indigenous Economic Development Day on May 7th at Wanuskewin Heritage Park and hosting our annual SFNEDN Economic Developer of the Year Awards to coincide with this day.
The 2018 Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Awards, proudly sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada, showcases the work, passion and outcomes achieved by an individual First Nation citizen and community that builds positive business relationships, employment for First Nations and incorporates traditional values into mainstream business practice.
The importance of economic development to the well-being of First Nations in Saskatchewan and contribution to the health and resiliency of Saskatchewan’s economy cannot be understated. The entrepreneurial spirit of First Nations in Saskatchewan is acknowledged as a critical engine of economic growth, innovation and diversification in our province. First Nation individuals and communities are known to be leaders in economic growth and job creation. In recognition of Indigenous Economic Development Day, the SFNEDN presents the annual “SFNEDN Economic Developer Awards” commemorating the effort and achievement of individuals and communities. One award will be given in each category:
- Individual Economic Developer Award; and
- Community Economic Developer Award.
Please note that nominations close March 30, 2018.
Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Week
- May 7 – 12, 2018
The Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN) and Saskatchewan Economic Development Association are pleased to announce May 7 to 12, 2018 has now been proclaimed by the Province of Saskatchewan as Economic Development Week.
May 7, 2018 has been provided a special designation as Indigenous Economic Development Day, and proclaimed such by the Province of Saskatchewan.
2018 DISASTER RESILIENCE & RECOVERY WORKSHOP
- May 1, 2018
- 9:30am to 5:00pm
- Saskatoon Inn
- Saskatoon, SK
Held prior to the Intersections for Growth Conference. Hosted in partnership with the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network(SFNEDN).
Sadly, no community is immune to natural or man made disasters. Emergency Planning must include preparing for the potential impacts of disruption on the local and regional economy. Without an economic recovery strategy, a disaster incident has the potential to cause a micro-recession which could negatively affect your community for years. Preparing for disruptions and planning for recovery can make a significant difference in offsetting detrimental side effects of an already unfortunate situation.
This critical one day workshop will be led by Dale Wheeldon and Colleen Bond of EDCD Consulting. Dale has played a key role in preparing an economic disaster recovery framework in the United States and Canada. He most recenlty led the economic response and recovery efforts in British Columbia during and following the 2017 wildfires. The workshop includes guests from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, impacted by natural disasters.
- Disaster preparation measures and building capacity for recovery
- Strategic planning for disaster recovery
- Proactive disaster risk management
- Business assistance after a crisis
- Maximizing response speed and effectiveness
- Alignment with Federal government response measures
- Small business assistance and industry recovery
- Business retention and expansion before and after a disaster
- Assessing the economic impacts of a major disaster
- Crisis communications
- Infrastructure and building back better communities
- Economic diversification,
Manuals will include a copy of the Saskatchewan Economic Preparedness & Recovery Toolkit
Intersections for Growth (Saskatchewan Economic Development Association)
The 2018 Intersections for Growth Conference showcases the ongoing partnership between the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association and the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network and our goal to build mutually beneficial municipal and First Nations relationships using economic development as a bridge to reconciliation.
Proudly sponsored by the Affinity Credit Union, the inaugural Partnership & Reconciliation Awards program recognizes partnerships between municipalities or regional development entities and First Nations, who are taking positive steps towards reconciliation and economic development in Saskatchewan. Two awards will be presented:
- Affinity Credit Union Economic Partnership Award; and
- Affinity Credit Union Reconciliation Award.
2018 SFNEDN Saskatchewan Indigenous Business Forum
- May 24, 2018
- 10:30am – 4:00pm
- Plaza 88
- Prince Albert, SK
Proudly sponsored by our partner, MNP, our 2018 spring SFNEDN Saskatchewan Indigenous Business Forum takes place May 24, 2018 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan at Plaza 88. The SIBF begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
Diversification and due diligence on emerging business opportunities, technologies and markets
The importance of economic development to the wellbeing of First Nations in Saskatchewan and contribution to the health and resiliency of Saskatchewan’s economy cannot be understated. The entrepreneurial spirit of First Nations in Saskatchewan is acknowledged as a critical engine of economic growth, innovation and diversification in our province. First Nations are now playing leap frog rather than catch up with respect to the types of business, technology and markets they are investing in. Our forum will explore some of the emerging business and technologies being implemented from a foundation of due diligence to ensure success!
- Evaluating a company – MNP
- Investment criteria – MNP
- 3D printing – Randy Janes, Wave of the future 3D and Create Café
- Decentralized Water technology – Jason Tratch, Proteus, Wastewater and water recovery
- Non-timber forest products – Randy Johns Keewatin Career Development Centre
- Emerging opportunities in green energy – Guy Lonechild, First Nations Power Authority