Information on government programs is available at every turn, but what are the tangible ways in which it can be used to assist First Nations with sustainability?
The inaugural Lands and Economy Summit, held in October in Serpent River First Nation, attempted to answer that question. Citizens, government representatives and industry gathered for three days to share ideas on how to encourage sustainability amongst First Nations communities.
“A First Nation is like a little country; we have rights and jurisdiction in a lot of different areas: education, health, infrastructure, economic development, environment—the list goes on and on,” Serpent River Chief Isadore Day said. “What we’re talking about here today…is how can this stuff work in the grand scheme of moving our communities forward.”