Webinar Series

Your Way Together

Webinar Series

Co-operatives are a unique way to do business that offers Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs the power to meet their own needs and aspirations.

In these FREE one-hour webinars, we’ll introduce you to co-operatives, how cooperatives have been used in a variety of industries in Canada, and what challenges or opportunities exist for Indigenous co-op entrepreneurs. Sign up for the Your Way Together newsletter today and stay up-to-date on all the upcoming webinar topics and expert panellists.

Agriculture Co-operatives Webinar

Agriculture in Canada is a 49-billion-dollar industry, and Indigenous communities are exploring ways to participate. Farm Credit Canada’s (FCC) recent survey on Indigenous agriculture shows many communities are interested in increasing food sovereignty and security, creating new sources of revenue, providing jobs and training opportunities, and getting into value-added processing. Besides the economic upsides to agriculture, there are substantial social and cultural opportunities to pass on knowledge and be caretakers of the land. The co-op model has a role to play in Indigenous agriculture, and this presentation will explore how the model can help communities participate in this vital industry.

Join host, Trista Pewapisconias, a proud member of Little Pine First Nation and Indigenous Engagement Lead for Co-operatives First, and special guest, Jesse Robson, Program Manager, Indigenous Relations for FCC, to explore the promising future of Indigenous agriculture and the role co-operatives can play in realizing it.

An Anishnabe graduate of First Nations University of Canada, Jesse started with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) in 2010. Since then, Jesse has had roles on the FCC Creative Writing team, Communications and Human Resources before joining Indigenous Relations as a Program Manager. In 2020, Jesse began compiling research to write and submit a paper for the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, which was published in February 2021. You’ll hear key learnings from that paper and from his experience at FCC during his presentation: Navigate the opportunities and challenges in one of Canada’s biggest industries

Time: 1 pm MDT/2 pm CST

Where: Zoom invite

When: September 23, 2021

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Indigenous Arts Co-operatives Webinar

Indigenous communities across Canada are actively pursuing new opportunities to build their economies, retain sovereignty, and incorporate traditional activities in a respectful and meaningful way. One such industry Indigenous communities have approached these opportunities is through Artisan Co-operatives.

Artisan Co-operatives can take many shapes and include many different stakeholders and take on any size, depending how artisans want to approach the model. But many use the model to reach larger markets as a group and reduce administrative costs.

Join host, Trista Pewapisconias, a proud member of Little Pine First Nation and Indigenous Engagement Lead for Co-operatives First, to explore how artists can work together to scale their businesses using the co-operative business structure.

Time: 1 pm MDT/2 pm CST

Where: Zoom invite

When: October 28, 2021

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Small Business Collaborations Co-operatives Webinar

In 2008, The Back Office Cooperative was founded by a group of Chicago non-profits to maximize buying power in reducing expenses in procurement and supplier management costs.

This online seminar will outline the concept of the Back Office Co-operative and discuss how small businesses can use the co-op model to share administrative costs, bookkeeping, marketing and procurement services to save time and money, and allow the business owner can focus on the core of their business.

Join host, Trista Pewapisconias, a proud member of Little Pine First Nation and Indigenous Engagement Lead for Co-operatives First, to explore how business owners can save costs and scale their businesses by working together using the co-operative business structure.

Time: 1 pm MST/2 pm CST

Where: Zoom invite

When: November 25, 2021

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