This survey is for designed for Chief and Council of an Indigenous community

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is a political-territorial organization representing all 203 First Nations in British Columbia with a mandate to:
  • Advance the rights and interests of First Nations people in British Columbia;
  • Restore and enhance the relationship among First Nations people in British Columbia, the Crown, and the people of Canada;
  • Develop and promote policies and resources for the benefit of First Nations people in British Columbia including, but not limited to, economic, social, education, health, and cultural matters; and,
  • Work in coalition with other organizations that advance the rights and interests of Indigenous People.
To this end, the Sustainable Economic Development and Fiscal Relations Strategy is a multi-year initiative undertaken by the BCAFN to support Indigenous communities in British Columbia in their economic pursuits by delivering timely and relevant information, building capacity through education, and creating windows of business and economic opportunity through ongoing advocacy.

As part of the Sustainable Economic Development and Fiscal Relations Strategy, and building on the Governance Toolkit – A Guide to Nation Building, undertaken by former Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, the BCAFN is developing an Economic Development Toolkit, or “Black Books”. The Black Books will provide information and tools for Indigenous communities, governments, and entrepreneurs to grow a First Nations economy in their communities.

The objective of this survey is to gather relevant input from those who are working on-the-ground in Indigenous communities to be integrated into the Black Books. Gathering this information will ensure that the Toolkit is relevant, contemporary and useful.

Your Answers:  Please enter an answer for each row of the survey.  If you feel more explanation is needed the 'other' section of each question is available for written answers.  The answers provided on the scale are weighted as:

  Not at all (0 points)
  Maybe, but not sure (1 point)
  Yes, somewhat agree (2 points)
  Definitively agree (3 points) 

Please Note: that the data collected will be kept anonymous and confidential unless express permission is given by the survey participant to use information with proper attribution (see last 2 questions of survey).  If permission is granted, information from individuals will not be attributed as coming 'on behalf of' a Nation but may identify the individual as belonging to or working for a Nation

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Which BC Economic Development Region does your Nation fall under?

* 2. Is your Nation in a rural or urban setting? Or both?

* 3. Which Nation are you Chief and Council of?  (Confidential unless permission provided in the last 2 questions of this survey)

* 4. What does economic development mean to you?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Job Creation
Creation of Band owned businesses
Securing outside investment into the community
Strategic relationship building with regional non-Aboriginal communities
Promoting a project or the community to attract outside investment
Creating a healthy economic climate that supports growth
Greater control of the direction of economic growth in the community
Joint ventures where we can build management expertise and business capacity
Building a future for our youth
More financial self-sufficiency for our community

* 5. How do you measure economic development success?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Number of new jobs created
Investment into the community
Number of new Aboriginal businesses
Greater role in regional economic development
Best use of our land and resources
Creating revenue streams for the community
Number of new community owned businesses
Greater wealth for our community members
Building economic legacies for future generations

* 6. What are your key economic sectors or 'drivers' in your community?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Oil & Gas
Aquaculture (such as clams, oysters, geoducks, salmon, kelp, etc.)
Value added seafood (such as smoked salmon)
Foods, value added products
Value added forestry (such as furniture or log homes)
Eco or green technology, power, run of the river projects

* 7. What are your roadblocks / shortfalls / gaps regarding economic development?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Lack of outside investment
Government support - governance initiatives
Government support - policies
Government support - funding
Regulatory issues
Control of our assets
Lack of management capacity to manage projects
The need for joint venture partners
Capacity to design, plan and assess feasibility of initiatives
Lack of or minimal land base
Infrastructure (such as power, services, roads, access to resources)
Lack of skilled labour to fill available jobs
Community support and interest
Training and mentoring, including entrepreneurial training
Leadership issues, different focus or priorities among leadership

* 8. How do you establish your community's economic priorities?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Community engagement
Strategic planning by Chief and Council
Feasibility studies and engaging professionals
In consultation with other First Nations and regional stakeholders
Approached by community members
Approached by community champions
Coordinate with the Community's Economic Development Corporation
Look to acquire businesses that can deliver community member jobs and community economic growth

* 9. What are your community's economic goals?

* 10. How are economic development opportunities delivered for your community?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Community-owned Economic Development Corporation
Assign the responsibility to a Councillor
Hire an Economic Development Manager
Rely on community champions
Create and follow a Strategic Development Plan
Social enterprises

* 11. How do parties from outside your community learn about you and how to you generate awareness and interest?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Brand and market the community
Establish links with the regional and provincial business community
Government connections and introductions
Create media awareness and press releases
BC Bid and other online vehicles
Social media
Word of mouth

* 12. What economic development resources do you have?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Economic Development Corporation
Economic Development Manager 
Economic Development Committee
Build on past successes such as using existing businesses to act as models for new businesses
Proactive community champions
Existing Aboriginal businesses that hire and train from within the community
Impact Benefit Agreements
Existing joint ventures

* 13. How does economic development interact with the cultural and social aspects of your community?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Economic development is kept as a separate priority
All economic development must meet social and cultural guidelines
Social and cultural issues are our first priority
Priority projects must have a payback to our community's values
Carry out community engagement and consultation with Elders

* 14. What role do you play in the community's economic development process?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Involved in strategic planning
Manage projects
Assign this to the Economic Development Manager
Work with government
Responsible for policy and program development 

* 15. This survey, and your responses, will help BCAFN design an Economic Development Toolkit to help you achieve the next level of economic development for your community.  In your opinion, what would you like to see included in the Toolkit?

* 16. Will you provide permission for your answers to be shared with proper attribution to BCAFN?  If yes, please see question 17.  If no, your answers will be kept confidential.