With continued rhetoric on a nation-to-nation relationship between First Nations and the Federal government, I thought it would be timely to write down my thoughts on a nation based approach to Economic Development. Below is my vision for the Secwépemc Nation and a Secwépemc Economic Commission.
Vision: The Secwépemc Nation is the primary Economic Authority on Secwepemcul'ucw.
Mission: Attracting global investments into Secwépemcul'ucw, people, organizations, and resources. Coordinating economic resources within the Secwépemc Nation. Building capacity of our community for economic development including our people, land, and animals.
Purpose: Reviving the spirit of the Secwépemc people through Economic Prosperity and leaving a legacy for our future generations.
With 17 communities, over $179 million in annual revenue, and more than 10,200 citizens, the Secwépemc Nation is the largest Indigenous Nation in British Columbia. Secwépemcul'ucw, or the land of the Secwépemc, is over 180,000 kilometres squared, making it larger than half of the recognized countries in the world. The Secwépemc people are, and have always been, the primary Economic Authority over our territory.
The Secwépemc Economic Commission is committed to expanding and enhancing the Secwépemc Economy through enhancing relationships with the larger Canadian and International business community, expanding our internal capacity for economic development, and deploying our resources effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of our citizens.