FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2021
New Guidebook and Website Explore Indigenous Co-operative Business Development
SASKATOON, SK – On March 2, Co-operatives First announced the launch of “Your Way, Together a comprehensive guidebook to Indigenous co-operative development on First Nation and a website dedicated to Indigenous co-operative development.
The launch signals the start of a conversation by and for Indigenous people and communities to explore the potential benefits and opportunities of co-operative business development. Besides a download of the guidebook, the website offers a workshop, newsletter, articles, and case studies related to Indigenous co-operative development.
“Indigenous communities are growing, vibrant, and actively exploring opportunities to develop, strengthen, and prosper,” said Audra Krueger, Executive Director. “We hope to put the co-operative model within the context of these discussions and inspire a conversation.”
The guidebook is tailored for the diverse opportunities and challenges of starting co-operatives businesses on First Nation.
“The guidebook provides a pathway around common barriers,” said Trista Pewapisconias, member of Little Pine First Nation and Indigenous Engagement Lead at Co-operatives First. “For the questions it doesn’t answer, we offer suggestions and point to supports along the way.”
The free guidebook and other educational opportunities are available at www.yourwaytogether.ca.
Co-operatives First is a non-profit organization funded by Federated Co-operatives Limited and the Co-operative Retailing System. Founded in 2015, the organization provides start-up resources, such as feasibility studies, business plans, online courses, and incorporation support to rural and Indigenous entrepreneurs across western Canada. Our goal is to help leaders in these communities build new businesses, grow local economies, and support community development.
Manager, Strategy and Communications for Co-operatives First
Thank you for your interest in Your Way, Together and Co-operatives First. A media kit on the campaign can be downloaded below and includes:
- Images and headshots
- Promotional video
- Media release
- Logo files