Indigenous co-op development

There is a lot of momentum and increasing interest in the issues and needs around co-op development within western Canada’s Indigenous populations and communities. It is a conversation that is both new, and very old within co-op development circles.

First, the new: last fall, the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association, in partnership with the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, created a unique, made-in-Saskatchewan resource, Local People, Local Solutions: A Guide to First Nation Co-operative Development in Saskatchewan. It’s a handbook that explores the synergies between First Nations culture and worldview, and the co-operative model. It also operates as a how-to manual, helping Saskatchewan’s First Nation communities learn about co-operatives and find ways to successfully use this business model to solve local issues. Based on consultations, particularly with elders, the resource is a must for those working in Indigenous co-operative development.

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