Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it First Nation unveils Ka·kin Group of Companies restructuring and new CEO

These strategic moves mark a significant step forward

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— Photo courtesy Tania Brewer

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it ('Tobacco Plains Indian Band'  or 'YQT') proudly announces the restructuring of Ka·kin, its wholly owned economic  development arm, and the appointment of Trent Fequet as the new CEO. These strategic moves  mark a significant step towards ensuring meaningful returns and benefits for YQT members from  economic activities within their territory.

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it has entrusted Ka·kin with a pivotal role in advancing the Nation's economic  sustainability objectives. This involves robust participation in regional economies, collaboration  with key Alliance Partners, creation of ownership opportunities, and engagement in  developmental activities aligned with the organization and Nation's long-term vision and values.

The expansion of the Ka·kin Group of Companies signifies a crucial milestone in Yaq̓it  ʔa·knuqⱡi’it's economic development journey. The strategic restructuring, guided by responsible  stewardship and decision-making, positions Ka·kin to navigate a path towards self-sufficiency and  prosperity, respecting the culture and values of YQT people for generations to come. This  includes fostering meaningful employment opportunities, with a strong emphasis on youth  mentoring, training, and employment.

Nasuʔkin Heidi Gravelle, representing Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it, emphasized, "Ka·kin's restructuring  strategically supports Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi‘it as stewards of the land, enabling us to adopt a  comprehensive and sustainable approach toward becoming a self-governing First Nation. By  developing our capacity through Ka·kin, we attain the autonomy necessary to execute our  economic and stewardship priorities, enhancing the quality of life for our people while caring for  our lands. This approach sets a precedent on how Nations can actively engage in all aspects  within ʔakanuxunik̓ʔamakʔis, our traditional lands. With the strong community relationship  nurtured by Trent Fequet, he is the ideal individual to guide us in becoming genuine partners in  the economic prosperity and benefits unfolding within our traditional territory, all while  upholding ʔa·knumuȼtiⱡiⱡ (Natural Law) and the well-being of ʔa·kxam̓is q̓api qapsin (All Living  Things)."

Appointing an enthusiastic new CEO

Trent Fequet, the newly appointed CEO of Ka·kin Group of Companies, expressed his  enthusiasm, stating, "We are presented with a remarkable opportunity to redefine the landscape  of First Nation business within Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi‘it's traditional territory. Having spent the past  number of years fostering a deep connection with Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi‘it, I am honored to lead this  transformative journey while deepening the connections and relationships with the members of  the Nation. As an Indigenous individual, this appointment to CEO signifies not only a professional  milestone but also a deeply personal commitment to a region I hold dear. By centering Ka·kin’s  business goals in Indigenous values, guided by Natural law, we will ensure that Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it’s  voice is not only heard but amplified, with their culture and knowledge celebrated.”

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it now has the opportunity to play a leading role in economic opportunities within  their lands and territories. Through increased business activity and participation, Ka·kin aims to  contribute to regional growth, creating employment and sustainable opportunities for members  and realizing the community goal of self-determination through self-reliance.

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