The BC Assembly of First Nations has created economic development toolkits called the Black Books. These have been designed for First Nations leaders, band-owned businesses and First Nations entrepreneurs. The sessions are free for First Nations and will run from 9 AM to 4 PM. Register to secure a space for these informative sessions!
VANCOUVER (WESTIN BAYSHORE AT 1601 BAYSHORE DR) - FEBRUARY 4, 2020
NANAIMO (COAST BASTION 11 BASTION ST) - FEBRUARY 5, 2020
PRINCE GEORGE (COAST INN BY APA 770 BRUNSWICK ST) - FEBRUARY 7, 2020
KAMLOOPS (DELTA HOTEL BY MARRIOTT 540 VICTORIA ST) - FEBRUARY 11, 2020
PRINCE RUPERT (TBA) - APRIL 7, 2020
SMITHERS (TBA) - APRIL 8, 2020
FORT ST. JOHN (POMEROY HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 11308 ALASKA RD) - APRIL 14, 2020
The Black Books have been developed with BC First Nations to support communities and nations in participating in economic development growth and to provide communities, at all stages of the economic development journey, with tools and resources to support their planning and overall development.
Economic development offers an avenue to meet the needs of First Nations community members by ensuring they have access to adequate food and shelter, healthcare, education, and social programming via improved incomes. Beyond these basic needs, economic development also provides a mechanism to create wealth for future generations by building equity and assets, and by growing enterprises and employment opportunities.