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Economic Development Working Committee

Mukk Nqa’ltultuk
Developing Strong Mi’kmaw Communities for the economic betterment of all

Purpose and Mandate

To have Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq, The Province of Nova Scotia and The Government of Canada discuss issues, develop solutions and recommend actions with respect to Mi’kmaw economic development in Nova Scotia.

The committee encourages employment/economic opportunities to enhance the living conditions of Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia. The committee develops partnerships with First Nation communities, the government and the private sector.

MISSION STATEMENT: Committed to working and learning together in partnership, in a manner that respects the needs of the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq.

VISION STATEMENT: Building a foundation for prosperous and vibrant Mi’kmaq communities through partnership, commitment and respect.

The Economic Development Working Committee includes representatives from:

  • The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq
  • Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association
  • Membertou First Nation
  • Eskasoni First Nation
  • Glooscap First Nation
  • Bear River First Nation
  • Paq'tnkek First Nation
  • Acadia First Nation
  • Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.
  • Mi'kmaq Employment Training Secretariat
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Union of Nova Scotia Indians
  • Aboriginal Business Canada
  • Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Nova Scotia Labour and Workforce Development
  • Parks Canada
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Atlantic Policy Congress
  • Nova Scotia Economic Development
  • Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation
  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada

  • 2015-2016 Work Plan Goals

    Ex-officio and committee members aware of current initiatives and resources related economic development employment.
    Presentations at meetings, information sharing via e-mail and other means.

    Supporting Capacity Development of EDO’s and Organizations
    Formal network of EDOs and NEOs Presentations at meetings, information sharing via e-mail and other means.

    Advisory Committee on Economic Development and Employment
    Committee Terms of Reference complete.

    2011-2012 Work Plan Goals

    The Tripartite Economic Development Working Committee (TEDWC) multi-year work plan is aligned with the Forum’s strategic principles: projects are grounded in the history, culture and language or the Mi’kmaq Nation and on improving the health and prosperity of Mi’kmaw communities and individuals.

    The TEDWC work plan is organized to directly align with the Forum’s priorities: individual and community capacity, youth, community, and relationships.

    Youth Entrepreneurship:

  • To increase opportunities for Aboriginal youth to pursue a career of entrepreneurship and self-employment.

    Aboriginal Procurement:

  • To increase awareness of procurement and local contact opportunities for Aboriginal businesses.

  • To increase knowledge on procurement/contract opportunities.

    Partnership Development:

  • To enhance the awareness of programs and services that are available to the Mi'kmaw communities in Nova Scotia.

  • To support development of the Mi'kmaw workforce through building connections to training, employment, skills programs and services.

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