Blackbook Sessions

Regional Sessions locations and dates



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
  • Fort St. John (Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre 11308 Alaska Rd) - February 10, 2020
  • Kamloops (Delta Hotel by Marriott 540 Victoria St) - February 11, 2020

The Black Books build from rounds of regional engagement that BCAFN did recently over a number of years. That information used to develop a large scale economic development strategy, with one of the components being an Economic Development toolkit (Black Books). The document has a focus on:

  • Understanding and developing an Economic Development Strategy,
  • Framing out some considerations for a structure,
  • Some more detailed aspects to project planning,
  • Infrastructure considerations, and
  • Information for understanding the impact of economic development initiatives.

In short, the Black Books provides information and tools to assist in each of these topics.

The second portion of this initiative is a compilation of additional resources to be used and referenced along the way. This combination of information and resources is intended to put something practical and useful in the hands of Nations. Participants were invited into the broader economic strategy work, to then present the toolkit (mid-level overview), and seek some general input as somewhat of a “check-in” on the document and resources that have been created.

Previous regional sessions took place between October and December 2018.

For more information contact:
Joanna Prince:
Maggie Mills:
Derek Hansom: