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First Nations Major Projects Coalition to host third annual industry engagement event

The First Nations Major Projects Coalition will host the third annual Industry Engagement Event in Prince George March 2-3. The event, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, brings together representatives of First Nations and industry leaders to discuss new opportunities that lead to business growth.

“The coalition is pleased to host our third annual Industry Engagement Event and build on the success of the first two events,” said Chief Sharleen Gale, First Nations Major Projects Coalition chair. “Our goal from the beginning was to create an event where indigenous and industry leaders could meet and discuss new projects and business growth to benefit both parties. We’re a non-political organization dedicated to providing our members with the support necessary to build successful business relationships with industry. These conversations are very important to the future success of indigenous communities which are looking to regain their economic independence.”

Speakers and panels during the even will cover a variety of topics including; project financing, best practices, indigenous success in project development, navigating the new environmental assessment process and implications of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) on resource development.

“The annual two-day event is unique in that it is all about building successful relationships between indigenous communities and industry, and what support our members require to achieve this,” said Niilo Edwards, executive director. “We’ll also hear from University of Saskatchewan Professor, Ken Coates who is a well-known researcher and writer on aboriginal history, indigenous-newcomer relations and post-secondary education. Indigenous communities and our members are anxious to regain their economic independence and our annual Industry Engagement Event is a great platform to help them achieve this objective.”

Registration is now open for the event March 2-3. More event information and a link to register can be found at www.fnmpc.ca.

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