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

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.

Bighorn Meadows Resort offers a complete package of luxury accommodation and a wide variety of year-round recreation options in southeastern B.C.'s beautiful Columbia Valley.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Tourism

True Key expands its family

On February 1, 2018, True Key Hotels & Resorts took on the management of the Radium Golf Group.

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In photo: Chief Alfred Joseph, ?akisq’nuk First Nation and Wendy Booth, Vice-Chair, Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors.
Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Developments, Financial, First Nations

Ɂakisq’nuk to build new rec centre

Columbia Basin Trust provides $500,000 to help realize a community dream

Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, appears in his ceremonial headdress and colourful beaded vest
East Kootenay, Creston, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers

Chief and influencer

Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, remembers his roots and works to improve life for the next generations.

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The Nicholas family: Jesse, Jake and Rachael
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Education, First Nations , Kootenay Influencers

Jesse Nicholas, influencer

In all of his roles, Jesse Nicholas strives to listen, understand, build consensus and serve his community.

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College of the Rockies Board of Governors elected new Board Chair, Jesse Nicholas and Vice-Chair, Cindy Yates.
Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, First Nations

College Board elects new Chair and Vice-Chair

College of the Rockies Board of Governors elected new Board Chair, Jesse Nicholas and Vice-Chair, Cindy Yates

Promoted First Nations businesses

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