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Webinar: Unlocking Synergies: Navigating Successful Partnerships With First Nations

Unlocking Synergies: Navigating Successful Partnerships With First Nations 

In today’s world where diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation are paramount, understanding the unique dynamics of working with First Nations is not just beneficial, it’s essential.

Hear from First Nations leaders in this enlightening session that will explore the keys to building bridges that go beyond mere business transactions. From respecting cultural sensitivities to embracing sustainable practices, this webinar will help unravel the intricacies of creating partnerships that stand the test of time.

What You’ll Discover:

  • Learn about the nuances of respectful engagement and how to incorporate cultural awareness into your business strategies.
  • Uncover common ground and shared values that form the foundation for lasting partnerships, fostering a sense of community and mutual respect.
  • Explore how businesses can contribute to the socio-economic growth of First Nations while promoting environmental sustainability.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how successful partnerships start with understanding, respect, and a commitment to shared prosperity.

Our exclusive panelists include:

Chief Randy Ermineskin, Ermineskin Cree Nation

Chief Randy Ermineskin is seasoned community leader with a track record of successful collaborations, built on trust and rapport. As Chief of the Ermineskin Cree Nation for three years, and as Treaty Six Grand Chief, he is determined to advance the tribe while building strong and healthy relations.

Chief Ermineskin is a competitive athlete in multiple sports and was one of the first aboriginal people from the Maskwacis (Hobbema) area to play junior and semi- professional hockey. He has a Masters in Leadership and Administration from Gonzaga University.

Chief Ermineskin is currently also serving as trustee for the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools as a Maskwacis representative, and both he and his wife Fran are educators at the Maskwacis Cultural College.

Ermineskin Cree First Nations is a signatory to Treaty 6, and is one of the Four Nations of Maskwacis, Alberta’s largest Indigenous community, located south of Edmonton.

Chief Rupert Meneen, Anishinabe Tallcree First Nation

Chief Rupert Meneen is currently serving his fourth year of a five-year term as Chief of Tallcree Tribal Government. He has also served as the Grand Chief and Deputy Grand Chief of Treaty 8 and the Grand Chief of North Peace Tribal Council. Before going into the political field, Chief Meneen worked as the band manager and director of operations for his Nation. Chief Meneen is trained as a journeyman electrician.

Chief Meneen promotes collaboration between his colleagues and strives to find common goals and issues to work together. He is a huge advocate for education and building economic opportunities for his Nation. Chief Meneen is a strong believer that education is the key to getting out of poverty and getting out of dependency on social programs. He wants to build a prosperous community and a better way of life that is strong in culture and language for the current and future generation.

Chief Meneen currently is a member of the TSAG and IKWC steering committee, Amisk housing board, and Treaty 8 economic and membership committee. Additionally, he is the Chairperson of the National Gathering of Elders

He is a husband, a father to two beautiful girls and a son. Chief Meneen is passionate about upholding the inherent Treaty right and advocates for those who needs to be heard especially the youth, elders, and women.

Anishinabe Tallcree First Nation, a community located on the Peace River in northern Alberta, near Fort Vermillion, Alberta, covering an area of 9,387 hectares.

Richard Feehan (moderator), Senior Strategy Advisor, Prairie Sky Strategy

Richard has 40 years of experience in elected office, social work, community leadership, private business, and academia. Most recently, Richard was the MLA for Edmonton Rutherford for two terms, and served as Alberta’s Minister of Indigenous Relations from 2015 to 2019.

Richard has a Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor or Arts from the University of Alberta.

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