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

A blue sign that says Blue Canoe Orchards next to a box of cherries on a stump in the midst of a cherry farm.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Agriculture, Cuisine, First Nations , Small Business

Creston’s new Blue Canoe Orchards is doing everything imaginable to put fresh cherries in YOUR hands

Trent Mason, Aboriginal owner of Blue Canoe Orchards in Creston, B.C., aims to distribute fresh cherries throughout the Kootenays

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View of towering mountains, with alpine slopes below.
Kootenay BizBlog, Environment, First Nations

MP Wayne Stetksi congratulates the Ktunaxa on approval of project to protect Qat’muk

To the Ktunaxa, Qat’muk is home to the Grizzly Bear Spirit which is a source of protection, guidance and strength

People at an museum exhibit.
Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, First Nations

Showcasing Arts and Culture of the Columbia River Basin

Poets, performers, visual art displays included at international conference

Aerial view of the solar power installation on the roof of the Ktunaxa Nation Council auditorium.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, First Nations

Green power at KNC

The Ktunaxa Nation Council has reduced its government building’s environmental footprint and the cost of maintaining a home base.

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Female flag person, Theresa Clarke, in high-visibility gear, with a D&B Flagging truck behind her
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation

D&B Flagging: 100 per cent Ktunaxa owned

Nupqu Development Corporation and ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises recently joined forces to acquire D&B Flagging and Traffic Control.

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The conference will leverage local subject-matter experts, researchers, policy-makers and traditional knowledge keepers to deliver fresh perspectives on the Columbia River’s future.
Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, First Nations

Discuss the future of the Columbia River

The One River, One Future conference will take place in Kimberley, B.C. from September 12-14, 2019

Jinny Sims is the Minister of Citizens’ Services.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Technology

Connectivity is key in the Kootenays

Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, details how the provincial government’s $50-million grant will benefit rural and Indigenous communities through B.C.

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Promoted First Nations businesses

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