Success stories: Economic development

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) works to increase First Nation, Inuit and Métis participation in the workforce across Canada.

The following stories showcase successes in Aboriginal communities and businesses demonstrating real progress in economic development.

See other Aboriginal success stories from across Canada.

Aboriginal tourism in British Columbia
Aboriginal tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in British Columbia's tourism industry, with total revenue increasing in $32 million over the past 9 years. In order to capitalize on this growth, Aboriginal Tourism BC turned to the Strategic Partnerships Initiative.

Strategic Partnerships Initiative: First Nations Power Authority
In response to the need for access to expertise to successfully negotiate with partners and develop projects, the Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) helped establish the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) to help advance First Nations-led renewable energy projects and foster partnerships with proponents.

This unique model helps connect industry partners with First Nation proponents. By working directly with power developers, First Nations can bring long-term benefits to their communities through enhanced capacity, jobs, infrastructure, and new business opportunities.

True North Treasure Initiative – Labrador Trough
The True North Treasure Initiative focuses on the Labrador Trough, a 60,000 km2 geological area rich in iron ore extending through Quebec and into parts of Labrador. This presents significant employment and business opportunities in the mining sector for the Province of Quebec and local Indigenous communities. Through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative, government, industry and Indigenous partners are working together to enhance Indigenous community readiness to help them seize opportunities generated by this development.

Dokis First Nation Okikendawt Project
The Dokis First Nation’s Okikendawt Project is a run of the river hydro project that was completed through the creation of its own land code under the First Nations Land Management Act. The Okikendawt Project will create economic opportunities for the community now, and for generations to come.

Saskatoon Tribal Council – Building Communities Through Partnership
Established in 1982, the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) has become a successful tribal region located in Treaty 6 territory. Through excellence in service and program delivery, the STC has developed community and business partnerships that have become significant contributors to within Saskatoon and the region. Find out more in this video where we sit down with the STC to talk about their success.

Regaining Independence: Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the First Nation Land Management Act
Watch how Brokenhead Ojibway Nation in Manitoba is regaining independence over land management within their community.

Chief Candice Paul, St. Mary's First Nation
Watch this video to see how the St. Mary's First Nation, situated within the city limits of Fredericton, NB, has developed the Kchikhusis Commercial Centre into a thriving hub of economic development business ventures and lease opportunities for its members and City residents.

Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Diversification Initiative
The Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is an innovative program that increases Aboriginal participation in complex economic opportunities, primarily in the natural resource sectors. Learn more about how SPI has helped diversify Aboriginal fisheries in the Atlantic region.

What PSAB Can Do For You
Since 1996, the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Businesses (PSAB) has been working to create strengthened strategic partnerships between Aboriginal business owners, industry sectors and the Government of Canada. Learn more about the benefits of the PSAB and what it can do for you by watching this video.

Millbrook First Nation
See how the Millbrook First Nation Truro Power Centre is creating opportunities for businesses to prosper in the local economy.

Swan Lake First Nation – Investment in its Community Development Projects
See how the Swan Lake First Nation, located in southwestern Manitoba, has achieved economic success through investment in its community development projects.

Tli Cho Landtran
The Tlicho Investment Corporation of Behchokö, Northwest Territories owns the subsurface and surface rights as a self government, 39,000 sq km of land where a lot of trucking is happening, on that land.

Nations Construction Consulting
Deanna Johnson, an Aboriginal woman living in Chilliwack, British Columbia, has proven that women can succeed in the construction world. Through her business Nations Construction & Consulting, she helps building quality homes for First Nations people and inspires her community.

First Nations Land Management Signing Ceremony
More and more First Nations are beginning to realize the economic development benefits that come from direct management of their reserve lands. On April 13, 2012, 18 First Nations from across Canada signed on to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management, which allows First Nations to move beyond the Indian Act to assume control over their reserve land, resources and environment.

Promoting Business Ventures and Partnerships
See how from the desert vineyards of Southern British Columbia, to the frozen tundra high above the Arctic Circle, to the urban centre of Winnipeg and the rocky shores of Newfoundland, First Nations, Inuit and Métis are establishing and promoting business ventures and partnerships that will provide long term employment and benefits for years to come.

Wawatay Native Communications Society
Wawatay Native Communications Society, located in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, provides media services in television, radio and newsprint to communities throughout Northern Ontario.

Valuable Partnerships and Unique Opportunities at the Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Tradeshow
The Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Tradeshow was hosted by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and supported by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on October 24 and 25, 2011 in Ottawa.

Manitobah Mukluks – Job Creation and Economic Development
Founded by two Métis siblings, Manitobah Mukluks has grown from a tiny native crafts outlet to a thriving commercial operation, providing employment and taking the worldwide fashion industry by storm.

Whitecap Dakota First Nation Economic Development Partnerships
Whitecap Dakota First Nation demonstrates the importance of establishing solid partnerships with neighbouring communities to support mutually beneficial economic plans such as the Dakota Dunes Golf Course and the Dakota Dunes Casino.

Wikwemikong Development Commission
The Wikwemikong Development Commission helps community members develop and realize economic opportunities from construction to modern communications, while keeping touch with their traditional values.

An Electrifying Partnership: Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and Manitoba Hydro
The Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and Manitoba Hydro partner up to benefit all. Read on to learn more about this profitable partnership.

Uncovering Lost Potential at Jean Marie River First Nation
Progress stood still at Jean Marie River First Nation's sawmill until the Community Opportunities Sawmill study came to town.

A Taste of Success: Nk'Mip Cellars, Osoyoos, British Columbia
Enjoy the finest of wines at Nk'mip Cellars, the first Aboriginal owned and operated winery in North America.

Investing in Métis Future
Learn more about the Clarence Campeau Development Fund, helping Métis people and businesses get ahead.

A Cowgirl's Success
Dawn-Rae Gray tells of her great business achievements through the Aboriginal Business Development Plan.

Roots & Shoots Engages Aboriginal Youth
Roots and Shoots embodies the true meaning of sustainable development by encouraging Aboriginal youth to be aware of the people, animals and environment around them. The outcomes of this program are remarkable!

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