Want richer First Nations? Say ‘Yes’ to pipelines

There’s no easy way to spur economic opportunity for every remote reserve. But resource-related development will help many

Want richer First Nations? Say ‘Yes’ to pipelines“In less than a decade, the Haisla Nation has leveraged the strategic location of its traditional territory to go from a Nation on the verge of remedial management to an eagerly sought-after partner and key stakeholder in several multi-billion-dollar LNG projects.” – The Haisla First Nation on its website Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian…

Energy industry a pipeline to Indigenous prosperity

The link between oil sands development and First Nations prosperity is clear and profound. Project delays can be devastating

Energy industry a pipeline to Indigenous prosperityBy Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan Canadian Energy Centre When Teck Resources cancelled its proposed Frontier oil sands project last month, Canada lost more than the government revenues and blue-collar jobs the mine would have created. The loss of this project was also a blow to northern First Nations communities. On average, people who live…

Putting forests to work for Indigenous communities

Governments need to work with First Nations to ensure they have fair access to forest tenure and opportunities for partnerships

Putting forests to work for Indigenous communitiesWhen you think of Indigenous engagement in the natural resource economy, you usually think of opportunities in the oil and gas industry or in mining. However, First Nations are increasingly getting involved in commercial forestry. Certain provinces – including Manitoba – have a sizable forest industry that plays a substantial role in the provincial economy.…

Building informed consent for a mega-project

Following a step-by-step and community-by-community process to develop a socio-economic plan

Building informed consent for a mega-projectBy the spring of 1984, it was time to seriously start developing the socio-economic plans for the Polar Gas pipeline’s construction, and it was clear that the Polar Gas team needed to grow on the ground. As a result of strong and fair Sahtu Dene community criticism of the first draft of the proposed pipeline…

Indigenous economic success requires a new path

It’s time First Nations adopted property rights, economic development and self-governance

Indigenous economic success requires a new pathThe saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” should not be applied to First Nations bands. Those bands that have maintained the same tired model that has failed for decades are still failing. Ones that have adopted property rights, economic development and self-governance have improved drastically. Unfortunately, most judges, activists and…

Costco to anchor new development on Tsuut’ina Nation

The 150,000-square-foot store, now under construction, will be at the corner of the new southwest Calgary Ring Road and 130th Avenue

Costco to anchor new development on Tsuut’ina NationRetail giant Costco is the anchor tenant of the new Taza development on Tsuut’ina Nation. Tsuut’ina is partnering with Canderel on the project that includes The Shops at Buffalo Run, a major retail centre that encompasses 45 acres and 400,000 square feet of retail, entertainment and restaurant uses. It will be home to the first…

Serving the needs of female entrepreneurs

Shannon Pestun of ATB Financial talks about creating an innovative, gender-intelligent banking model

Serving the needs of female entrepreneursShannon Pestun is the director of women’s entrepreneurship and part of the Indigenous Relations Advisory Circle at ATB Financial. Tell me about women's entrepreneurship at ATB, what it does and its goal and mission? Pestun: At ATB, we have always known that entrepreneurs are crucial to the success of Alberta’s economy. And we know the…

Using money to bring fairness to Indigenous groups

The Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla need to put the Ridley Terminal money to work on things that will lead to future returns for their people

Using money to bring fairness to Indigenous groupsIf there are any special Canadian values, fairness is surely one of them. We want and expect our laws and courts to be fair. Our economy, too, should give everyone an opportunity to do well. The resulting income streams should not excessively reward the rich nor should our taxes penalize the poor. The United States,…

RBC works relentlessly toward Indigenous economic inclusion

Dale Sturges talks about the array of programs RBC offers to be recognized as a bank that stands for Indigenous prosperity

RBC works relentlessly toward Indigenous economic inclusionDale Sturges is national managing director of the Indigenous Financial Services Group with RBC. Does RBC offer any unique programs or services to meet the needs of Alberta’s Indigenous community? Sturges: RBC offers a number of programs to support access to education and employment for Indigenous people, including the RBC Indigenous Talent Development Program, which…
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