Indigenous Economic Development

Indigenous organizations are advancing the economic self-determination and success of Indigenous people throughout B.C. with a range of strategies. See how First Nations and Indigenous communities are moving forward through ingenuity and collaboration.

Click on the titles below to watch a recording of each webinar.


Economic Reconciliation: Charting the Pathway

As Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stated at the Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver: “We will never be truly reconciled until we achieve economic reconciliation.” 

What is “Economic Reconciliation” and how do we chart a pathway towards it without reinforcing broken patterns of economic colonization and control? 

This webinar will offer: 

  • Reflections on some of the critical underlying principles needed to form the foundation for true economic reconciliation 
  • Examples of economic reconciliation in action from B.C. communities to help de-mystify the process 
  • An opportunity to engage in a conversation that focuses on specific actions you can take to decrease barriers and increase economic reconciliation momentum

Featured Guest: Paul Lacerte, co-founder of the Moosehide Campaign, managing partner of Raven Capital Partners.

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Originally broadcast on June 7, 2018


Aboriginal & Local Government Collaboration on Economic Development: A Dialogue of Understanding

Local Leaders Series

Effective economic development requires regional cooperation and collaboration with all neighbouring communities. This webinar will provide a foundation for building strong relationships between Aboriginal communities and local governments to realize mutually beneficial economic development opportunities. This workshop is designed to help facilitate relationship building through:

  • Comparing the differences in opportunities for Local Government and Aboriginal economic development
  • Providing Local Governments a perspective on the Aboriginal economic development context
  • Strategies for determining mutual priorities and working together effectively
  • Building strong relationships based on trust and respect

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Originally broadcast on March 23, 2017


Working with Aboriginal Businesses: Building Partnerships in Tourism

First Nations are stepping up and assuming a leadership role in all aspects of B.C. society, including business. In the world of tourism, businesses and First Nations have tested a wide range of approaches to working together. In this webinar, the owner of a leading West Coast resort and his First Nations neighbours discuss the special agreement they launched to help them work together for mutual benefit.

The session will include background on the major role tourism now plays in B.C.’s economy, the steps First Nations are taking to get into the tourism game in a big way, the practical lessons of a resort-owner working in a First Nations Territory, and some advice from a respected Aboriginal leader on how non-native businesses can work successfully with First Nations to grow new and better tourism operations.

Originally broadcast on April 12, 2016