Indigenous Business and Economic Development
Building effective economic policy will help achieve more successful, sustainable, and self-determined economic activity. In this program, fundamental issues of governance, such as the creation of culturally appropriate governmental institutions and the role of Indigenous leaders in effectively planning, creating, and promoting economic policy for self-determined Indigenous development will be examined. Having determined these foundations, the program will shift focus to the realities of doing business with Indigenous communities, Indigenous-owned companies and institutions, and individual Indigenous entrepreneurs.
What does the program offer?
- Review of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
- Nation-building: tools, policies, and leadership for Indigenous governments
- Rethinking Indigenous economic policy; insights and implications
- Case study presentations of “Best Practices” in Indigenous economic policy and Indigenous governance made by invited representatives
- Taking steps towards Nation-building: asserting self-governance, building institutions, setting strategic direction, and taking action through strong leadership
- Separating politics and business – a community necessity
- Community economics model from an Indigenous perspective
- All aspects of community economic development and business planning
- Financing Indigenous economic ventures
Who should register?
- First Nations, Métis, and Inuit economic development corporations and officers
- Leaders responsible for the political and economic future of their Nation – executive, legislative, and programmatic
- Leaders who are in the forefront, developing a local economy by assisting businesses and economic development in their communities, organizations, and commercial enterprises
- Anyone interested in Indigenous business and economic development opportunities
Please note, our programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Please register early to secure a confirmation of your spot.
All Leadership participants who choose the Accommodation and Meal Package are provided private rooms with ensuite washrooms in one of our two onsite hotels, the Professional Development Centre or Lloyd Hall. Room upgrades may be available upon request at an additional cost.
If you choose the Accommodation and Meal Package, all of your meals from the start to the end of your program are included; most of your meals will be at Vistas Dining Room, but there may be some special dining events scheduled as well. Please also feel free to visit the Maclab Bistro, Le Café, Three Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar, but note that these outlets are not included in your meal plan, and thus will be at additional cost.
Enjoy free parking, wifi, and access to the Walter Philips Gallery while you are a guest at Banff Centre. Our Participant Resources team is also available to assist you with medical support or event information. See our Events Calendar to learn more about what’s going on at Banff Centre while you’re onsite.
The Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre is located in the lower floor of the Sally Borden Building, and provides all guests with access to our swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, climbing gym, fitness centre, spin studio, and gymnasium. Massage and physiotherapy appointments may also be booked ahead of time.
Fees & Financial Assistance
The above fees do not include applicable taxes, such as GST, the Alberta Tourism Levy, and the Tourism Improvement Fee as needed.
As of April 1st 2019, our tuition fee will increase to $2500.
Enrol four members of your organization or community in a program and your fifth member will receive free tuition. Special restrictions may apply. Due to high demand, we accept a maximum of five members per group; this is to ensure our programming is accessible to everyone.
Financial Assistance may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program.
Past participants of the Indigenous Business and Economic Development program can register again, however will not be eligible for funding assistance.
Funding opportunities Call our toll-free number for more details at 1.888.255.6327
How to Apply
All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel a program up to seven days prior to program start date if there is insufficient enrolment. All fees will be refunded. Please note that Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred.