‘Mov­ing for­ward through eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment’

Glooscap First Na­tion rec­og­nized for its eco­nomic growth at na­tional level

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA Colin.Chisholm@hantsjournal.ca

The Glooscap First Na­tion was re­cently named Com­mu­nity of the Year by the Cando Con­fer­ence in Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B.

For Chief Sid­ney Peters, it’s a pretty big recog­ni­tion of how far the com­mu­nity has come since its of­fi­cial es­tab­lish­ment in 1986.

“As a small com­mu­nity, to be rec­og­nized in the First Na­tion world by the Cana­dian de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers across the coun­try just shows how much ad­vance­ment and how much we as a com­mu­nity are mov­ing for­ward through eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,” Peters said. “Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment al­lows us to do a lot more com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment be­cause our fund­ing is so lim­ited 2017 Cando Eco­nomic Devel­oper Award win­ners in­clude, from left, Tammy Be­langer, Green Leaf En­ter­prises - In­dige­nous Pri­vate Sec­tor Busi­ness of the Year; Chief Sid­ney Peters, Glooscap First Na­tion - Com­mu­nity Eco­nomic Devel­oper of the Year; and Rose Paul, EDO with Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Na­tion - In­di­vid­ual EDO of the Year.

that we re­ceive from In­dige­nous and North­ern Af­fairs.”

He added that it’s also great for

the sur­round­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to see Glooscap First Na­tion is be­ing rec­og­nized coun­try-wide, not just in Nova Sco­tia.

The 24th an­nual na­tional con­fer­ence and an­nual gen­eral meet­ing saw close to 300 del­e­gates take in a va­ri­ety of work­shops, pre­sen­ta­tions and panel dis­cus­sions de­liv­ered by over 50 speak­ers.

Cando (Coun­cil for the Ad­vance­ment of Na­tive De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cers) is a fed­er­ally reg­is­tered, non-profit so­ci­ety that is Abo­rig­i­nal con­trolled, com­mu­nity based, and mem­ber­ship driven.

This is the first time Glooscap First Na­tion has been rec­og­nized by the Cando Con­fer­ence on a na­tional level.

The award was pre­sented to Peters fol­low­ing a vote by the del­e­gates at the con­fer­ence, which was held in Fred­er­ic­ton from Oct. 22-25.

“One of the rea­sons why we’ve been rec­og­nized is how proac­tively our com­mu­ni­ties move for­ward and ag­gres­sively with part­ner­ships,” he said. “Hav­ing our house in or­der and un­der­stand­ing how im­por­tant eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment will be for us to pro­ceed in re­gards to be­ing able to do com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.”

The on­go­ing Glooscap Land­ing project along High­way 101 is also a ma­jor as­pect of the award, Peters said.

“For some com­mu­ni­ties, it might take 10 to 20 years to achieve some­thing like this,” he said. “Re­ally, we’ve been work­ing on this… for only three and a half years from that to now. That shows the ef­fort that went into this.”

Peters also ref­er­enced the com­mu­nity’s strate­gic plan­ning and vi­sion as a rea­son for the recog­ni­tion.

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