Issue 70, Economic Development

Honouring Gordon Tootoosis

In consultation with the Tootoosis family and after a process of ceremonial protocol, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) successfully renamed the organization to ‘Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre’. When Gordon Tootoosis (Poundmaker First Nation) began working in theatre, there was a noticeable void of Aboriginal actors. He set out to fill that void by creating a platform for the development of ... Read More »

The Tourism Boom

A recent article in Indian Country Today talks about the Tourism Boom. The formation and success of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia, an umbrella group designed to promote tourism and help entrepreneurs develop and market new businesses, is an example of the strength in collaboration. • In 2010, 3.7 million visitors included Aboriginal experiences on their itineraries and ... Read More »

First Encounter

Chickasaw film chosen for California film festival “First Encounter” was judged Best Short Documentary at the Trail Dance Film Festival in January; aired in March by the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), and was featured in June at Oklahoma City’s Dead CENTER Film Festival. The approximately 30-minute documentary was produced and filmed entirely by the Chickasaw Nation. It is the ... Read More »


Angirattut Angirattut, by Inuit director Zacharias Kunuk, was selected to screen at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Kunuk’s latest fi lm documents Inuit knowledge, tradition and history through a restorative and healing journey. A group of Inuit elders and their families return to home sites on the land after being relocated to settlements more than fifty years ago. ... Read More »


THE RIVERTON RIFLE: MY STORY STRAIGHT SHOOTING ON HOCKEY AND ON LIFE By Reggie Leach Hockey hero Reggie Leach’s tumultuous and inspirational life story, told by the man himself. “Whatever choice you make, you own that choice, good or bad,” says the NHL’s legendary Reggie Leach, and this intimate autobiography lays bare the decisions that led him to become one ... Read More »


Business Development Specialist for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (AICCNM) and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center. He is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, Village of Paraje – one of the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, located 45 miles west of Albuquerque. Russell is passionate about Native Small Business, Community and ... Read More »

The World Indigenous Business Forum

The World Indigenous Business Forum is a platform that engages Indigenous people in global economic discussions. There are four main sectors that focus on Global Indigenous Issues: Community, Industry, Academic and Government. The Sixth Forum was held in Honolulu, Hawaii October 27 to October 29, 2015. Some of the highlights included Opening Ceremonies on the beautiful grounds of the Iolani ... Read More »

Tom Jackson

Actor, singer, and lifetime philanthropist, Tom Jackson recently released his new album, Ballads Not Bullets, and announced the details of his annual Huron Carole Tour. The 2015 Huron Carole Tour will have a new twist by presenting galas in a dozen cities across Canada this Christmas. Dates and beneficiaries can be found on the Calendar at SAY Magazine’s website (www.saymag. ... Read More »

Joan Timeche

What is nation building? Historically, Indigenous nations had sophisticated and self-sustaining societies. European colonization and subsequent federal policies oft en eroded the Indigenous nations’ societal systems. Since the 1970’s, Indigenous nations and peoples have sought to re-build and strengthen their nations. This movement to increase Indigenous nations’ capacities for self-rule and self- determination is called Native nation building. The Native ... Read More »

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