“Crane Aboriginal Management Services has been delivering business planning services since our inception. Although our services are intended to be used for management purposes and serve the direct needs of our clients, CAMS planning services also provide the necessary information required by funders to invest in your commercial opportunity. We have worked in almost every sector of the economy and have served many First Nation markets in our efforts.”
"AFN has produced this Economic Development in Fisheries booklet that will assist in understanding what exists, and to expand on the national vision to help facilitate First Nations entry into the seafood industry by providing them with the tools and advice on what best practices exist, and how they can be involved or how to go about it."
"In this inaugural applied research forum we addressed the questions: What is the current state of research in Aboriginal economic and business development? What are the best practices in Aboriginal economic and business development in Canada and the United States? How can we move these research findings into the implementation phase and achieve change for the Aboriginal community? This document reports the results of a two-day meeting of 28 participants from across Canada and the United States involved in the academy, First Nations, government and business sectors."
"Community-led development is an approach to tackling local problems that is taking hold throughout the world. This paper explores the concept and practice of the approach as it applies to First Nations communities in Canada. It briefly identifies ten core principles that comprise the basis for community-led development, summarizes selected examples in Canada and elsewhere in the world and highlights lessons from Aboriginal community-led development.
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"This paper profiles a number of national, regional, and local Aboriginal (Indian, Métis, and Inuit) and non-Aboriginal government sponsored programs and services that promote and support Aboriginal entrepreneurs and small business owners in Canada. Various non-governmental and private support programs intended to support the development and success of Aboriginal entrepreneurs – available through various financial, corporate, academic, and Aboriginal institutions – are also profiled.
"In keeping with the goal of sustainability, the First Nations of Manitoba identified a need for an investment vehicle that would allow them to participate in economic initiatives on a larger project-level than could be achieved by individual communities. By working together, they could access the capital necessary to build a capital pol that would then be available for further investment. The profits return to communities for use in whatever way they choose. The vehicle formed to meet these goals is Tribal Councils Investment Group (ICIG)"
"Aboriginal peoples in Canada present a special case of citizen involvement in forest governance, with rights and status that go beyond those of other stakeholders and individuals. Increasingly, participation processes aimed specifically at Aboriginal representatives are being used to encourage their involvement in forest management. This article asks what would be the characteristics of a distinct process that could respond to Aboriginal rights, needs and expectations.
"This paper uses survey information to examine several common assertions about the institutional prerequisites for successful profitability when a First Nation enters an economic enterprise either independently or in joint effort with an outside firm. In the winter of 2004-2005, we interviewed managers on both the First Nations and private sides of joint ventures and other business alliances in Canada, to determine what affected their recent profitability experience. We gathered information on the ages, sizes, and activities of the firms.
"A training project in a northern Canadian community provided an opportunity to examine participatory planning approaches and the meaning of work in First Nations communities. Focus groups conducted three years after the unsuccessful intervention of a community economic development (CED) project suggest that complex factors such as lack of support from community leaders and rate of pay for workers determine whether CED is always appropriate in northern, First Nations contexts."
"A new approach to economic development is emerging among the First Nations in Canada. This approach emphasizes the creation of profitable businesses competing in the global economy. These businesses are expected to help First Nations achieve their broader objectives that include: (i) greater control of activities on their traditional lands, (ii) self-determination, and (iii) an end to dependency through economic self-sufficiency.