September 17th, 2012
I just got home from speaking at the two day Wise Practices in Indigenous Community Development Symposium.
I spoke about how Indigenous nations can use economic development to help create sustainable communities for the next seven generations.
Brian Calliou, the director of the Aboriginal Leadership and Management project at Banff, led a two-and-a-half year research project in which four Aboriginal communities in Alberta opened their doors to research teams, and created detailed case studies on the four communities that were shared at the symposium in speeches, presentations, and in a new documentary video that portrays the work and determination behind the Alberta Indian Investment Corporation, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Métis Crossing, and Mikisew Group of Companies.
The idea behind the research project is to provide other Indigenous communities with practical, useful tools and the inspiration that it often takes to start new business, community, and economic development ventures