Saskatoon Hosts World Indigenous Forum

Up to a thousand business leaders from around the world are converging upon Saskatoon for the 7th annual World Indigenous Business Forum, which begins Tuesday.

Chair of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, Milton Tootoosis, says one of the topics of the three day forum will be sustainable development versus making a quick profit off of non renewable resources.

Along with Canada and the U.S., there will be delegates from New Zealand, Australia, Namibia and Guatemala, among other countries.

Tootoosis says it’s fitting to have the forum here because Saskatoon was the first city in Canada to embrace the notion of urban reserves, which began with the 1992 Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement.

The forum coincides with the Wanuskewin Days Cultural Celebration and Powwow, which is on today and tomorrow and the Saskatchewan World World Indigenous Festival for the Arts which is August 24th and 25th.

Tootoosis adds that these events aren’t just for Indigenous people, anyone who is interested can take part.


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