Best Practices in Indigenous Business and Economic Development

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Program Information

Best Practices in 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


What's Included

AccommodationRead MoreClose

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.

Meal PlanRead MoreClose

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 BistroLe CaféThree Ravens Restaurant and Wine Bar, but note that these outlets are not included in your meal plan, and thus will be at additional cost.

Banff Centre AmenitiesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

LibraryRead MoreClose

The Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives are located on the 2nd floor of the Kinnear Centre, and provides access to great books, media, and work space.

Fitness and RecreationRead MoreClose

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

$2 300.00
Meals and Accommodation
$1 310.00

The above fees do not include applicable taxes, such as GST, the Alberta Tourism Levy, and the Tourism Improvement Fee as needed.


Group Savings

Enroll four members of your organization or community in a program and your fifth member will receive a free tuition. Special restrictions may apply. 


Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to subsidize some of the costs to attend your program.

Funding opportunities Call our toll-free number for more details at 1.888.255.6327

How to Apply

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