Indigenous business success stories shared in Dehcho

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Education, building capacity, and getting market ready are just some of the highlights from last week’s Dehcho Economic Readiness Conference held in Fort Simpson.

While Nahanni National Park’s peak season is still in July and August, Liidlii Kue Chief Gerry Antoine still sees tourism as the most viable sector.

“Tourism allows us to be Dene, and to really move forward and to really welcome our visitors and get ourselves market ready,” said Antoine on Friday.

Chief Wallace Fox from the oil rich Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, and Membertou Mi’kmaqs First Nation Councillor Graham Marshall were keynote speakers at the conference.

Antoine says they left participants inspired.

“They got a plan and investors, and so they just went ahead and did it. And that’s the message we’ve been given by our elders, because what they say is we’re Dene and this is our land, that’s it lets move on and that gives us a lot of confidence,” added Antoine.

Marshall and Fox both stressed success doesn’t happen over night.

About 100 participants took part in last week’s conference, with an average of four delegates from the regions eight communities.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He worked as a sports writer in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario. Between journalistic duties in the NWT and Yukon, Campbell was a speechwriter for former NWT MP Dennis Bevington, and Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya.

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