The provincial government is committed to improving Aboriginal people and communities’ participation in the economy. Government must work in partnership with Aboriginal people to identify shared goals, strategic outcomes and progress.
The Province’s policy approach to working in partnership with Aboriginal people includes efforts to support and increase Aboriginal management and control over programs and services.
The Province supports Aboriginal entrepreneurs through programs, training and funding that help businesses to thrive and compete in B.C.’s economic climate. Strong Aboriginal businesses contribute to a strong B.C. economy.
- Aboriginal Business Advisory Centres
Business advisory centres in Cranbrook, Fort St. John and Prince George help Aboriginal entrepreneurs with business startup or expansion, partnerships, and planning.
- Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST) program
Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST) provides a 12-part training series at no charge to participants in Aboriginal communities across B.C.
- First Citizens Fund Business Loan Program
Business loans are available to Aboriginal entrepreneurs in British Columbia.
- B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards
The B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards is an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding Aboriginal business accomplishments.
- General business support
The B.C. government also supports the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council through the BC Jobs Plan. The Aboriginal Business and Investment Council focuses on developing strategies to:
- Increase Aboriginal participation in the economy
- Promote economic certainty in the province by encouraging economic growth in Aboriginal communities
- First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund
The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) promotes increased Aboriginal community participation in the clean energy sector within their asserted traditional territories and treaty areas.
- New Relationship Trust
The New Relationship Trust is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in B.C. through capacity building.