This survey is designed for the Manager of an Indigenous Economic Development Corporation

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 rural or urban? Or both?

* 3. Which Nation(s) is your Economic Development Corporation working on behalf of? (Confidential unless permission provided in the last 2 questions of this survey).

* 4. How would you best describe your role? Which of the following are part of your responsibilities?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Carry out the tasks and priorities as identified by Chief and Council
Promote community-owned businesses
Work with and deliver business training and mentoring to community members who are entrepreneurs, or interested in entrepreneurship
Act as community champions in motivating business activity within the community
Seek out economic opportunities for the community and community members
Provide resources to the community in terms of information, government programs, funding opportunities, economic opportunities, etc.
Proposal writing regarding RFPs and RFQs from government ministries, including monitoring program funding announcements on BC Bid and other sources

* 5. What resources do you have to help you deliver your responsibilities?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Participation in regional committees, organizations and associations that promote economic development
Attend conferences and workshops, including training workshops that can help me better deliver economic development to the community
Liaison with other Indigenous communities within the region
Use existing studies and manuals designed to facilitate Indigenous Ec Dev managers in my position

* 6. If there was an Economic Development Toolkit developed to help you better deliver the economic development results you are mandated with, what should it include?

* 7. What are the key roadblocks you come across in delivering your Economic Development Corporation mandate?

* 8. What are the strongest economic sectors within your community?

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

* 9. How do you measure the success of your Economic Development Corporation?

* 10. Where do economic opportunities come from?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Proposed by Chief and Council
From parties outside your community who approach you
Community members come to me with a business idea
Existing community businesses interested in growing their business
Government or regional contracts or proposals and projects
Social accommodation ( or social procurement ), where government or regional projects or bids by non First Nations firms require a percentage of Indigenous employment or contracting with Indigenous businesses who supply of materials and services
Create our own opportunities through community engagement
Interaction with other Indigenous communities and networking with those parties involved in economic development

* 11. How do you work with community entrepreneurs, or those interested in entrepreneurship?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Provide business planning
Carry out feasibility and research
Connect them with project funders
Offer information and resources we have available within our own library and database
Connect them others who can assist them towards realizing their business goals
Where Band approvals are needed, help present these to Chief and Council for consideration
Offer seed funding to get them to their next level in their own feasibility and planning

* 12. What are the greatest needs of community entrepreneurs?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
Business entrepreneurial training
Mentoring and coaching
Better access to funds for their business
Business apprenticeship programs where they can learn from established Indigenous businesses
Understanding the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship
Being able to do business and build relationships outside the community
Understanding their own abilities and opportunities / capacity development
Online access, I.e. online business training and mentoring
An Economic Development Toolkit of information and business advice that would help them achieve their business goals

* 13. If there was an Economic Development Toolkit designed for community businesses, entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs, what should it include? How should it be delivered, I.e. in person, hard copy, online, social media?

* 14. How do you best describe your position?

  Not at all Maybe, but not sure Yes, somewhat agree Definitely agree
I have total independence in my decision making
I act on behalf of Chief and Council
I represent the community to outside parties
I actively seek out economic opportunities
I am responsible for marketing and promoting my community
I have the ability to take training courses, attend Indigenous conferences and enhance my ability to better deliver my mandate
I have a clear mandate and Ec Dev roadmap to follow
I have sufficient time to work with community businesses or would-be entrepreneurs

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

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