The Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples have relationships, rights, and responsibilities to the lands and water, which are drawn from sacred law and traditional law. We are the original stewards of the land and we believe that what we do to the land we do to ourselves, and to our future generations.
So when it comes to economic development, First Nations in Ontario face a host of diverse and complex opportunities and challenges. The Chiefs of Ontario has played a role in working with communities to develop tools to address some of these opportunities and challenges.
First Nation communities are becoming increasingly involved in sectors such as green energy projects, mining, forestry, agriculture, and gaming. From producing locally grown food to generating electricity, from owning and operating world class casinos, resorts, and golf courses, to producing the next generation of trades people and professionals, First Nations have vast potential to enhance the economies of their citizens.
The Economic Development section of this website explores initiatives and available community tools.
Sustainable Economic Development
Sustainable economic development means committing ourselves to generate economic opportunities for our Peoples today while upholding our responsibility to the lands and the waters for future generations. We believe that everything that we need to sustain us is contained in the resources of our Mother Earth. Thus “sustainable development” must be exercised and developed not only to the benefits of our generations today, but that today’s development will not leave our future generations without these same benefits from sustainable resources.
Our Nations have the inherent right, as reaffirmed through the Treaties, the UNDRIP, and the Canadian Constitution, to protect, develop and utilize our traditional territories. The Treaty relationship stipulates the sharing of resources within our territories, as well as the free, prior and informed consent required by our Nations for any development on these lands.
We have a critical role to play in making sustainable development a reality in Canada, given our responsibilities for managing the lands, the importance of honouring Creation and the earth to our way of life, and the fact that we are most often the first to experience the impacts of environmental change and damage.
First Nations seek to build relationships with industry and commercial sectors, and foresee ourselves as players at all levels of the economy, but these relationships must be built on our inherent right to assert jurisdiction over our traditional territories.
ECONOMIC BASELINE DATABASE SURVEY
The Chiefs of Ontario are pleased to invite First Nations Economic Development Officers to complete the Economic Baseline Database Survey
Please open these links for the forms and background information:
We are requesting that the 3 surveys be completed by March 10, 2014.
The surveys were sent to Economic Development Officers on February 13, 2014 requesting completion by Friday February 28, 2014. In order to permit more time for the completion of the surveys, we are requesting completion of the surveys by Monday March 10, 2014.
If you are unable to secure the information to complete the Existing Company and Failed Company surveys, it would be beneficial if you could submit the one survey titled the General Survey. If you have difficulty with survey, please contact Christine Shawana.
- All submissions and information received will remain confidential.
The completion of the surveys is voluntary but we are hoping you will see the value in completing the surveys . We hope to obtain a good snap-shot of the First Nation business situation across the province so that we can use the information to advocate and influence government policies/programs/legislation that will enable First Nations businesses to be more viable and successful.
The following are further instructions:
Instructions for participation in the surveys:
The Existing Companies and Failed Companies Survey are designed to collect information about companies in your First Nation. There is a more detailed follow up survey available for any individual company that is willing to provide further details (please provide the names and contact information for any companies that are willing to participate in the detailed survey).
The General Survey is designed to collect information about the First Nations.
For each survey, complete the information requested.
If more room is required to fill out the survey, please complete the number of sheets required.
Instructions for submitting completed surveys:
Email: Submit by email to Christine Shawana at Christine.Shawana@coo.org.
Fax: Submit to Christine Shawana (416) 597 8365
We appreciate your participation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Gary Dokis, Economic Coordinator at Gary.Dokis@coo.org or Christine Shawana, Project Assistant at Christine.Shawana@coo.org or toll free at 1 877 517 6527.