(xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations shared territories, BC, Oct. 11, 2019) – BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Regional Chief Terry Teegee is hosting the BC First Nations Business Forum in Vancouver. Chiefs, leaders, economic development administrators, entrepeneurs, and youth are gathering at the Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver Hotel to attend this event. The theme, Reawakening Indigenous Trade and Economic Relationships in the Era of Reconciliation, has shaped a unique schedule of speakers who will explore international trade, community innovation, governance and more. The BCAFN is mandated to advance the First Nations Sustainable Economic and Fiscal Relations Strategy, by working to explore opportunities for economic growth, First Nations capacity and highlighting the extensive talent and knowledge held by BC First Nations.Regional Chief Teegee also holds the national Assembly of First Nations (AFN) economic development portfolio.
“First Nations’ business ventures in BC are growing significantly in every sector of the local, regional, and national economies. Now, we are exploring ways to reestablish and grow our once extensive traditional trade partners and routes which have been diminished or erased over many decades by colonization,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “From major projects to partnerships, financing, capital and even trade, the possibilities for our communities, our businesses and our entrepreneurs are limitless.”
The BC First Nations Business Forum being held today is the second event this year and immediately follows the 10th World Indigenous Business Forum that was held in Vancouver this week. In February, the BCAFN hosted a forum in Prince George and highlighted the vast experiences and knowledge held by First Nations women and youth in business. The First Nations Business Forums are supported by the British Columbia government and the British Columbia Business Council (BCBC).
This forum is for First Nations Chiefs, leaders, economic development administration, entrepreneurs and youth interested in learning more about the latest in the economic potential of First Nations and their people. Tickets for the event are sold out but it can be viewed LIVE online HERE
The next First Nations Business Forum will be held in Prince George, BC on January 31, 2020.
For further information, contact:
Derek Hansom, Economic Development Policy Analyst, email@example.com
Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer, phone (778)281-1655.