Business Environment

CoadyInstitute (July 21, 2011) “IWCL Case Study: Membertou First Nation.”

This case study explores the process of Membertou’s transformation from a welfare reserve completely dependent on federal funding, to one of Cape Breton’s economic bright spots. [FN]

CornellStephen (2006) “What Makes First Nations Enterprises Successful?”  Lessons from the Harvard Project, JOPNA No. 2006-01 

Some enterprises owned and operated by Native nations do well, and others don’t. Of course this is true of all businesses—some succeed and others fail—and there are numerous reasons why. After all, building a successful business is a complex and challenging task. But in these and many other cases, the actions of Native nations themselves had an impact on enterprise failure or success. [FN]

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (n.d.) “6.2 Membertou First Nation and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (NS).”

Given the multiple relationships that exist between staff and elected officials in the two communities, CBRM and Membertou have found that their model of daily communication on a project-by-project basis works to maintain open communication and foster trust. Avoiding disagreements by consulting with your neighboring community on issues that may have an impact on them before decisions are made. [FN]

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (n.d.) “4.1 Sliammon First Nation and the City of Powell River (BC).”

The Government of British Columbia had provided financing of $2 million to the City of Powell River to build the seawalk. Due to the sensitivity surrounding its construction, Mayor Alsgard decided to trust in the intentions of the Chief and instructed CAO Stan Westby to write a cheque for $2 million to Sliammon First Nation to take over the construction of the seawalk. [FN]

Greenall, David and Stelios Loizides (2003) “Strengthening Corporate-Aboriginal Economic Relations:  The Influence of Public Policies and Institutions.”

The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of private sector views regarding the influence of public policies and institutions of corporate-Aboriginal economic relations and Aboriginal economic development.  The Conference Board’s work on corporate-Aboriginal relations over the past eight years has repeatedly identified examples where government policy and institutional arrangements have played a role in determining the success of such relationships. [FN]

Indian Country Today Media Network (November 2011) “Economy Rising: Aboriginals Celebrate Growing Business Clout.” Indian Country Today Media

Businesses run by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples are poised to become a major foundation of Canada’s economy, with the youngest citizens emerging as the potential saviors of an aging Canadian workforce. [M]

Menard, Bobbi-Sue (March 30, 2011) “Going with the Dogs.” Native Business Development Magazine.

The Yukon winter might be long, but the dog sled season for tourists from around the world is short. First Nations tourism company Fishwheel Charter Services relies on a single dog sled race to attract most of the clients for their dog sled season. [M]

Hamilton, Wawmeesh (February 2012) “Osoyoos Indian Band Land to Host New Prison.” Indian Country Today Media

The project represents the first partnership of its kind in British Columbia between a First Nation and the provincial department of corrections. It’s a $200 million facility to be built in the Senkulmen Enterprise Park on Highway 9, on Osoyoos Indian Land, that will alleviate prison overcrowding elsewhere in the province. [FN]


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