First Nations Entrepreneurship Development, Capacity Building and Governance: Applied Perspectives

The proposed research project objectives are to enable the participating First Nations to identify strengths and weaknesses related to economic development and governance; develop policies and support for entrepreneurship; develop programs for capacity building; strengthen leadership and management skills; build trust and new networks that will inform and involve outsiders. The partners, Heiltsuk Nation, Haida Nation, COF and Beedie School of Business, understand that First Nations’ autonomous economic development contributes to the overall health of the community and they are keen on gaining broader understanding on how to accomplish this in their communities. At the same time, they are interested in sharing their knowledge with other First Nations communities in order to collectively build stronger, healthier and sustainable communities. The research cluster will contribute to an understanding of the interrelatedness of economic development activity in First Nations Communities. By focusing on two COF member Nations, the knowledge gained throughout will be sharable and of interest to other Nations.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Mark Selman


Dawid Nogas






Finance, insurance and business


Simon Fraser University



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