Parksville to host First Nations economic conference

Governance and Economic Growth Message

at NEDC Conference

The Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) will host the Thriving Nations Aboriginal Governance Conference on Oct. 27-28 at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville.

NEDC will open the conference on day one with Dr. Manley Begay, who will discuss nation-building and share case studies in the morning, with other speakers to follow. Day one will end with NEDC’s annual Business Awards.

Day two will go deeper into aspects presented by Begay, followed again by a lineup of speakers and case studies.

The series of panelists and presenters will be going into great depth regarding leadership, business, strategic orientation, community engagement and ways to stimulate economic growth within the First Nations communities.

Begay is a professor at Northern Arizona University and specializes in Indigenous nation-building, education, and Dine’ history and philosophy. He is also the co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

“Manley has been involved with Harvard study for a number of years. He did a lot of research on why, given the exact same circumstances, some nations thrive and other don’t,” NEDC assistant manager Caledonia Fred said when asked what message Begay brings to this conference.

His message: “What makes communities thrive,” said Fred. “It’s not necessarily just focusing on governance itself, but how good governance can increase all the key socio- and economic factors in our First Nations communities.”

“We’re trying to get away from having theories, to showing real examples and tools of what people use to move them forward.”

NEDC has given business awards out annually for the past 11 years in categories like: Business of the Year, Best Youth Business, Environmental &Sustainable and Best New Business.

This conference is friendly to all and all are welcome to attend, but is mainly geared to the governance and economic growth in First Nations Communities.

Tickets to the conference may be purchased online through the NEDC website, www.nedc.info/conference. An early bird discount will be available until Sept. 27.

— Submitted by NEDC

Just Posted

Smoking ban arrives on BC Ferries

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries enacts smoking ban

UPDATE: Whiskey Creek floodwaters subside

Area roads reopened following Sunday morning closure

Man receives four-year sentence for stabbing Good Samaritan near Qualicum Beach

Jeffrey Brian MacDonald sentenced to additional 242 days in jail

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

Mediators appointed to help address issues in IHealth review

B.C. health minister appoints Jane Morley and Jean Greatbatch as mediators

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Coal dust escaping rail cars spurs B.C. petition

Local governments are on board with Shuswap resident’s request for better control of escaping particulate

Lawyers slam ‘de facto expulsion’ of student guilty of sexual interference

Calgary student guilty of sexual assault of a minor allowed to finish semester

B.C. NDP set to restructure union bargaining

School trustees to regain control over employer group

A new development surrounding plane that went missing around Revelstoke in November

The family of Ashley Bourgeault believe they have found a new clue

$130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic

Hot summer ticket: $130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic off Newfoundland

UK’s Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged

Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank in Autumn 2018

UPDATE: Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

German nurse charged with 97 more murders

Niels Hoegel, serving a life sentence for two murders, has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings.

Most Read