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

Dr. Nathan Goodale (left) and Alissa Nauman (right) are the Hamilton College educators heading up the project excavating and documenting the pithouses found along the Slocan River.
Kootenay BizBlog, West Kootenay, Nelson, Slocan, Education, First Nations

Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project gets students hands-on with history

Hamilton College’s Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project brings post-secondary students together to excavate history uncovered in First Nations pithouses.

Jodi Gravelle is the chief operating officer for the ?aq?am Community near Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers

Jodi Gravelle, communication conduit

Human resources and communication are Jodi Gravelle’s main focuses in her position as COO for the ʔaq̓am Community.

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(L to R) Brenda Palmer, Michelle Forbes and Jodi Gravelle received special recognition at the 2017 Kootenay Business magazine Influential Women in Business luncheon on June 8, 2016.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Small Business, Influential Women in Business

2017 Kootenay women of influence

Hard work, creativity and perseverance characterize the best of the best among businesswomen in the Kootenay region.

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Brenda Palmer, founder and owner of Mrs. Palmer's Pantry in Cranbrook, B.C., has the support of family, friends, customers and—just possibly—an angel on her shoulder.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Retail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers

Brenda Palmer is taking her chips to the bank

Brenda Palmer believes that we should value our time as much or more than we do our money, and invest both wisely.

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The photo shows the large hot pool at Ainsworth Hot Springs.
West Kootenay, Ainsworth Hot Springs, First Nations , Health & Wellness

Ainsworth Hot Springs: A place of history and healing

Soak in the relaxing pools, and learn about Ainsworth Hot Springs and its role in First Nations history.

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The restored St. Eugene Church is an important part of the Aqam Community and its history.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Tourism

St. Eugene Church restored

The ʔaq̓am Community’s St. Eugene Church approaches its 120th birthday with restored strength and beauty.

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Picture of Sophie Pierre.
Kootenay BizBlog, Cranbrook, First Nations

Ktunaxa Nation congratulates Sophie Pierre on receiving Order of Canada

"Sophie has dedicated her entire adult life to improving the lives of Aboriginal people across this province,” said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Chair.

Marty Williams, councillor for the ?aq?am Community, and Chase Thielen of Silverado Construction
Cranbrook, Developments, First Nations

Silverado Construction has a contract to build a combined gymnasium and community centre for the ʔaq̓am Community.

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On May 17, Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair and Don Lindsay, President and CEO of Teck marked the signing of an agreement that will create long-term benefits for the Ktunaxa people and increased certainty around future sustainable mining development in the Elk Valley region.
Kootenay BizBlog, Cranbrook, First Nations

Ktunaxa and Teck sign historic Impact Management and Benefits Agreement

The agreement will be implemented through three joint working groups with equal representation from the Ktunaxa Nation Council and Teck.

Ktunaxa Nation Council chair Kathryn Teneese.
At Work, Cranbrook, Education, First Nations

A central part of the community

Kathryn Teneese desires people to see the Ktunaxa Nation as part and parcel of the wider community.

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Promoted First Nations businesses

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