First Nations

The Kootenays are home to several key First Nations business people. Organizations like the Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency (KABDA) help to inspire, support and assist First Nations entrepreneurs to get their companies started or boost their profit. Check out the articles below to learn more about the latest innovations from First Nations business owners, and the impact they have on their community and economy.

Recent First Nations articles

Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair, and Scott Fraser, B.C.'s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, along with their respective negotiators, sign the Ktunaxa Nation Rights Recognition and Core Treaty Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement will guide the parties in the development of a rights recognition approach to a treaty, and lead to the recognition of the Ktunaxa Nation Council as the legal government and rights-holder of the Ktunaxa Nation.
Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, First Nations

Canada, B.C., Ktunaxa move closer to treaty with signing of MOU

The new agreement will significantly advance reconciliation and treaty negotiations

Centex Trading Centre
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Retail, Transportation

ʔaq̓am’s progressive new fuel station and retail store now open

The store is also part of the FLO Network and is equipped with two electric vehicle charging stations

A new Centex gas bar has opened at the ?aq'am Trading Centre.
Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Developments, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation

ʔaq’am Trading Centre opens Centex Gas Bar

Officials such as Chief Joe Pierre and ʔaq'am Community Enterprises CEO Christopher McCurry were on hand for the occasion.

Flagger holding up stop sign.
Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Transportation

Ktunaxa-owned businesses acquire largest traffic control company in the East Kootenays

The business has been purchased from local owners who will continue to support the new ownership in an advisory role

Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations

Columbia River Treaty negotiations underway

The meetings will provide an update on Columbia River Treaty negotiations between Canada and the United States

Construction of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band Community Admin & Health Center is scheduled for completion in July 2018.
East Kootenay, First Nations

Centralized amenities for TPIB

The Tobacco Plains Indian Band Community Administration & Health Centre is designed to be a multi-faceted community hub.

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Bryan Armstrong and Heather Rennebohm are deeply involved in the planning process for the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre
East Kootenay, Invermere, First Nations

Columbia Lake Centre welcomes the Valley

The ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation is building the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre to promote sport, fitness and community in the Columbia Valley.

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First Nations people in colourful traditional dress, at National Aboriginal Day parade
East Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism

Indigenous tourism is a growing sector

The trend toward experiential, educational getaways is driving a spike in the interest in Canada’s Indigenous cultures and activities.

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The sign for the new Dan Joe Memorial Gymnasium was unveiled on April 6, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations

ʔaq̓am Community gym now complete

On April 6, 2018, the ʔaq̓am Community celebrated the opening of the Dan Joe Memorial Gymnasium.

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Dr. Leroy Little Bear, founding director of Harvard University’s Native American Program.
Kootenay BizBlog, West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, First Nations

Selkirk College welcomes Dr. Leroy Little Bear

Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Blackfoot scientist, professor emeritus, and distinguished scholar will speak in Nelson about Indigenous worldview in education, April 4.

Promoted First Nations businesses

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