3rd annual economic development forum set for September
- EFN Staff | August 01, 2014
The Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network (SFNEDN) announced today that the third annual forum "Mâmawicihitowin/Working Together For Great Ideas Developing Diverse Economic Opportunities" will be held September 24 to 26, 2014 at the Dakota Dunes Casino, Tatanka Room.
"This organization was established in 2011 based on an identified need to help build capacity within our First Nations communities," said Chair Milton Tootoosis.
The SFNEDN is a grassroots-driven, volunteer organization and has been planning its third forum for several months. The agenda will include a kick-off Texas Scramble golf tournament at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links on September 24. The day will end with a BBQ, awards presentations and a networking reception.
"We are building a network that will lead to strong and viable business relations for the benefit of all communities," he said. "Building strong sustainable economic development strategies includes a foundation of trust and integrity."
This year's forum will include an exciting roster of presenters who will educate and inspire the forum delegates about community development best practices such as the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, the Primco Dene Group of Companies, the First Nations Power Authority and the Peter Ballantyne Developments Limited Partnership. Delegates will also be informed by panel experts on topics related to communal approaches to building capacity, communications, and business development planning. There will also be a session on tools for building for-profit enterprises.
"We hear about the 'have' communities and we know about the booming economy Western Canada is experiencing. We want to ensure that more 'have-not' First Nation communities have the human resource capacity, the knowledge, skills and information needed to make strategic decisions and plans for the benefit of their citizens," said Tootoosis.