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First Nations emerging as economic leaders


The Indigenous Economy

Island First Nations are expanding economic activities in traditional and non-traditional industries. They are becoming lead economic players, driving wealth creation and employment for their members while contributing to the economic vitality of local communities. Leaders from three First Nation development corporations – Huu-ay-aht, Snuneymuxw, and Malahat – will share stories of where they are headed, what’s working, and what’s needed for business success and economic vitality.

Join Trever Cootes, Ian Simpson and Angela van den Hout for this important conversation at the hybrid ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit taking place October 27th & 28th at the Vancouver Island Convention Centre and online.

Thanks to Island Coastal Economic Trust for sponsoring this session.


Island Wood Industries – A Sea Change

Themes of Indigenous Economic Reconciliation, Modernizing Forest Practices, Waste Wood Recovery & Fire Mitigation will come to this Summit session straight from VIEA’s 3rd Island Wood Industries Forum being hosted by the Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni October 12.

Huu-ah-aht Chief, Robert Dennis & Western Forest Products VP, Shannon Janzen and Graham Sakaki, Regional Institute Research Manager, VIU, headline our panel of experts.

Thanks to Inland Group for sponsoring this session.

The Island Wood Industries Forum is sponsored by InlandMNPSan GroupTFL44 LP and Western Forest Products.


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