Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Advocates Self-Sufficiency
It makes more sense for governments to invest in First Nations' economic development than in social programs for Canada's aboriginal population, a well-known First Nations chief said Monday.
The country's indigenous people have a better chance of achieving self-sufficiency through economic means than social handouts, Chief Clarence Louie of British Columbia's Osoyoos Indian Band said at the Aboriginal Business Development Forum in Saskatoon.
Louie knows first-hand the benefits of successful First Nation economic development. Nearly 75 per cent of the Osoyoos Indian Band's 460-person population live on-reserve thanks to the jobs created by the band, which runs several businesses including a golf course, winery, spa, cultural centre, construction company and several retail stores.