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Stó:lō Business Match

Abbotsford, BC
October 28 and 29, 2014

Join Stó:lō decision makers to create opportunities for business!

The Stó:lō Business Match connected decision-makers from the 24 Stó:lō communities with the private sector to create opportunities for business. It utilized the same format and technology as the successful Aboriginal Business Match. 

Over the course of two days, Stó:lō representatives met with businesses interested in discussing economic development during prescheduled appointments.

Click here for news coverage from the event!

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"On behalf of the Board of Directors of Stó:lō Community Futures (SCF), our Staff, and all of our Team participants, we wanted to express our sincere appreciation to Raven Events for the successful Stó:lō Business Match...not only was the working relationship one of immense cooperation and respectful interaction, Raven was also dilligent in maintaining, and significantly reducing, total projected costs and budgets."

Click here to read the testimonial letter from Stó:lō Community Futures about SBM!




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New Relationship Trust Foundation Fourth Annual Golf Tournament
Vancouver, BC
July 29, 2013

The New Relationship Trust Foundation Fourth Annual Golf Tournament raised money to ensure vital Aboriginal scholarships, bursaries and grants continue to be provided.

The golf tournament was attended by 90 golfers at the University Golf Course on July 29 and featured 18 holes of golf, lunch, a golf cart rental, and dinner.

For more information about the New Relationship Trust Foundation Golf Tournament, please visit www.nrtfgolf.ca.


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ABM SK 2014
Saskatoon, SK
June 16 to 19, 2014


More than two-thirds of Aboriginal communities in Saskatchewan attended the Aboriginal Business Match in Saskatoon, where millions of dollars of deals were initiated and new business relationships were formed.

The ABM, the most powerful Aboriginal-driven business development event in Canada, connected Aboriginal communities with the private sector to create opportunities for business.

ABM SK 2014 was supported by a provincial steering committee comprised of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, the Clarence Campeau Development Fund, the Ministry of the Economy, BMO, Westcap Management Ltd., Urban Systems, BHP Billiton, Quantum Murray and others. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada also supported the event.

Delegates teamed up for a Mixed Martial Arts challenge, that included a fighting ring and demos from real MMA fighters.

The next ABM will be held in Penticton from May 11 to 13. ABM West will join Aboriginal Community Decisions Makers from BC and Alberta. For more information or to register, visit www.aboriginalbusinessmatch.com.



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2014 NEC Awards Gala
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Vancouver, BC
May 31, 2014

The NEC Native Education College opened its doors in 1967 and became British Columbia's largest private Aboriginal College.

In 2011, the NEC created a ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of graduates and past board members. On this evening, community patrons are identified to present awards to selected nominees.

The gala paid tribute to the best students and most successful alumni, powerfully presenting what is possible when culturally relevant education unlocks human potential. Around 200 guests joined NEC faculty, staff, students, and community partners for an evening filled with Aboriginal food, entertainment and compelling conversation.

Money was raised through a silent and live auction and a photo booth with Trevor Linden and Chris Higgins of the Vancouver Canucks.

Congratulations to all awards recipients for their accomplishments, leadership, and community work!



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ABM BC 2014
Penticton, BC
February 24 to 27, 2014


More than 300 delegates attended the Aboriginal Business Match in Penticton, where millions of dollars of deals were initiated and new business relationships were formed.

The ABM, the most powerful Aboriginal-driven business development event in Canada, connected Aboriginal communities with the private sector to create opportunities for business.

"The ABM was a huge success. The format of the pre-scheduled appointments led to many productive and exciting discussions," said Chief Jonathan Kruger of the Penticton Indian Band, Co-Host of the event. "Priorities were identified, and many deals were initiated."

Keynote speaker Dr. Evan Adams, Deputy Provincial Health Officer and Coast Salish actor, presented a thought-provoking look at the correlation between community health, wealth, and economic development entitled "Healthy, Wealthy and Happy?"

Delegates teamed up for the ABM Rodeo Team Challenge, which included a mechanical bull and carnival games.

The next ABM be held in Saskatoon from June 16 to 19. Apply at www.aboriginalbusinessmatch.com/saskatoon.



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Young Entrepreneurs Symposium (YES) 2013
Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond
December 9 to December 12, 2013

More than 100 budding Aboriginal business people from across Canada attended YES, which featured a motivational line-up of panelists and speakers from a variety of backgrounds, many of which have supported YES in previous years.

YES began with a welcome reception on Monday, December 9. The energetic agenda then moved through three days of powerful presentations, spirited panel discussions and into a demanding team challenge that required delegates to create a team out of strangers, to collaborate while applying leadership skills and to activate imagination while kicking problem solving skills into overdrive. A $5000 cash prize for the winning team adds motivation to an already potent mix of passion, smarts and ambition.

“I had an incredible time in Vancouver, and met some very inspiring native youth from communities all across Canada. Never have I been more proud and hopeful of our future and what we will achieve,” said YES delegate Mallory Charmaine Rose, whose team came in second place. "I'm so grateful to have met and shared this experience with everyone.”

YES speakers included Miles Richardson, Officer of the Order of Canada, Clarence Nyce, CEO of Haisla Business Operations Inc., Chris Coutinho, CEO of Paystar Logistics, and many more.

Click here to visit the YES website!



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The Trial of Louis Riel
The Columbia Theatre, New Westminster
November 15 to 16, 2013


Now in its 47th year of production, the Trial of Louis Riel, the reenactment of Canada's most famous trial, was performed by RielCo. Productions Inc. at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster for two shows.

Louis David Riel was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. He led two resistance movements against the Canadian government and its first post-Confederation prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. He is regarded by many today as a Canadian folk hero.

Click here to read a press release about the event.




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Brentwood College, Mill Bay
November 2, 2013

"Where We Gather We Thrive"

The Malahat Nation held a fundraiser for the creation of the Malahat Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Resource Centre.

The Centre is envisioned as a place for community to learn, teach the values and re-build the strengths of its culture and provide books and other educational resources. 

The fundraiser was an exciting evening featuring a dinner created by the culinary team of Brentwood College in collaboration with the Malahat Nation. The dinner was accompanied by traditional entertainment as well as a live and silent auction, showcasing some of the best in Aboriginal art and craftsmanship today.

View the corporate partnership program here.

Visit the Malahat website.

 




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Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival
Cates Park, North Vancouver
August 18, 2013

The 7th Annual Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival brought around 2,000 festival-goer together to celebrate Aboriginal cultures, community, and the Nation’s inextricable link to its territory.

The event, at Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park in North Vancouver, was an action-packed day filled with music and dance performances, demonstrations of ancient technologies, guided trips in traditional-style canoes by Takaya Tours, and traditional foods.

Click here to view the 2013 poster.
Click here to visit the TWN CAF website.

 




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New Relationship Trust Foundation Golf Tournament

Vancouver, BC
August 1, 2013

The New Relationship Trust Foundation Third Annual Golf Tournament raised a total of $18,737, which will be used to ensure vital Aboriginal scholarships, bursaries and grants continue to be provided.

The golf tournament was attended by 110 golfers at the University Golf Course on August 1 and featured 18 holes of golf, lunch, a golf cart rental, and dinner. Next year’s tournament will be held there again on July 29th, 2014.

For more information about the New Relationship Trust Foundation Golf Tournament, please visit www.nrtfgolf.ca.

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St’at’imc Emerging Economies Development Summit (SEEDS)
Lillooet, BC
June 19 to 20, 2013

Working together to create economies of scale.

SEEDS brought the St'át'imc communities together to strengthen economic development capacity, undertake nation level planning, and share best practices from within the Nation as well as provincial and national sources.

The St'át'imc are the original inhabitants of the territory which extends north to Churn Creek and to South French Bar; northwest to the headwaters of Bridge River; north and east toward Hat Creek Valley; east to the Big Slide; south to the island on Harrison Lake and west of the Fraser River to the headwaters of Lillooet River, Ryan River and Black Tusk.

Goals of SEEDS

  • To create a critical path endorsed by all eleven communities for the creation of economies of scale for the St'át'imc Nation.
  • To share information and raise economic development and planning capacity amongst St'át'imc decision makers and community.
  • To create, improve, maintain and extend relationships and partnerships with businesses currently operating in St'át'imc territory.
  • To attract investment, new partners and business to St'át'imc territory.
  • To amplify the profile of the St'át'imc Nation as open for business.

Visit the SEEDS website.



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NEC Awards
Native Education College
Vancouver, BC
May 30, 2013

The NEC Native Education College opened its doors in 1967 and became British Columbia's largest private Aboriginal College. Its focus is to meet the needs of Aboriginal adult students requiring developmental, vocational, and applied academic programs to access employment or further post-­‐ secondary education.

The 2013 NEC Awards featured the splendor of the NEC longhouse to host an evening of captivating conversations, honouring success in higher education, and sparkling entertainment.

 






Pacific Coastal Airlines Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club
Richmond, BC
June 4, 2013

The Pacific Coastal Airlines Memorial Charity Golf Tournament was attended by 148 golfers on at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond, BC, successfully raising money for the Source Club of Powell River and the NEC Native Education Centre.

The tournament, which was created in 1997, featured a patio lunch, a silent and live auction, a pre-dinner reception, an awards banquet with prizes, and a BBQ buffet dinner, which was attended by 200 people including golfers.




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STRONG
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Richmond, BC

May 6 to 8, 2013 

STRONG is the First Nations Technology Council's Summit of Technology, Resources, Opportunities, Networks and Growth.

Innovative and interactive, this conference welcomed delegates at any level of technical experience and technology expertise. At the same time STRONG attracted businesses looking for new markets, a technology-trained workforce or enhanced brand recognition.

The event's hands-on training enabled to more efficiently utilize technology in everyday life and to gain a competitive edge in a knowledge-based economy. STRONG's dynamic presentations and workshops showed how to increase departmental productivity no matter what the focus from health services to economic development.

For businesses STRONG provided a dynamic audience to showcase products and services in all areas of direct or indirect technology application.

Visit the STRONG website.




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Penticton Trade and Convention Center

February 18 - 21, 2013 

Meaningful connections were made and future deals were outlined at Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) 2013, February 18 to 21, at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

130 BC First Nations and 140 companies attended ABM, which translated into 4,500 business match appointments and over 3,000 hours of targeted business development time over 2.5 days.

Delegates are able to choose one-on-one appointments based on detailed e-profiles, developed by all participants and hosted on the ABM website in preparation for the event. Business interests and opportunities are then computer-matched to make the best connections.

ABM is the most powerful Aboriginal business development event in Western Canada. There is no more efficient and cost effective way to connect with the growing business and project opportunities available with First Nations in British Columbia.

ABM 2013 was co-hosted by the Penticton Indian Band and supported by the BC First Nations Industry Sector Councils, the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB), the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

To apply for ABM 2014, visit www.aboriginalbusinessmatch.com.

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Thank you to those of you who supported the 'We be Jammin' For Jasper'  Fundraiser at the Max Cameron Theatre!


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Community support for the ‘We be Jammin’ for Jasper’ Fundraiser event held February 5, 2013 at the Max Cameron Theatre was nothing short of incredible. The following is a breakdown of the money collected from the Silent Auction, donations and money collected for the concert:

Auction:     $8,414.35

Donations: $1,185.00

Door:        $2,454.18

Grand total: $12,053.53

We are still rounding up a few bid sheets so the total will be a bit higher. Some money is still to be collected from folks. If you still need to pay and pick up an item or gift certificate, please contact us at Raven Events. Please note that another fundraiser of some sort may be planned to reach our goal of $20,000. Let us know if you have any ideas and wish to be involved in round 2.

Jasper Mohan, 14, is undergoing radiation therapy for cancer in the ventricles of his brain and the upper part of his spinal column. Read more below the event and donation information.

Jasper and his family are well-loved by the entire community and are shining examples of positive energy, strength and love for one another. Our fundraiser will ease some of the financial stress to allow the family to focus on Jasper's recovery.

You can still donate money into Jasper's trust fund at the Scotiabank: 'In trust for Jasper' 01230-0312525

Our fundraising goal is $20,000. Thank for making this happen with us.

Online (Make a cash donation here).

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Jasper is a one-of-a kind kid that no-one forgets meeting. He has an incredible spirit, an outgoing nature, a good sense of humour and wide ranging interests and abilities - from literature and poetry, to science, to high performance sailing to computer gaming.
He is articulate and engaging, cares about people and politics and philosophy, and loves to perform music. He also has cancer.
In fact, he is now battling cancer for the third time in his 14 years. After surviving eye-cancer as a baby, Jasper had a relapse in the form of a brain tumour in the fall of 2011. Last year he endured brain surgery, multiple chest surgeries, six rounds of intense chemotherapy requiring hospitalization, countless blood transfusions, hair loss, weight loss, fevers and painful infections, and a stem cell transplant requiring an entire month in isolation.

Jasper returned to school in the fall of 2012 and things appeared to be getting back to normal - but almost exactly a year from his diagnosis, a routine MRI showed the cancer has spread into his brain and spine. Jasper is currently undergoing six weeks of radiation therapy to beat this thing once and for all. He has had to lose his hair again and withstand the side effects of some nasty drugs.

But he's still singing and laughing and making plans for the future - his attitude is truly inspiring.

This fundraising event will help Jasper and his family replace lost income and cope with the costs of treatment and frequent travel to and from Vancouver. It will create a fund to use in case future treatment is expensive or has to be sought elsewhere. It will help Jasper achieve some of his goals and the family enjoy some healing and relaxing time together once radiation is finished.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the silent auction.

This fundraiser was a collaboration between friends of Jasper and the Mohans. Contact Dan Dyble (cell 1-604-483-5652) if you wish to join the group.

Contact Raven Events for all inquiries at info@ravenevents.ca or 1-604-483-3532.



 

Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival

The 6th Annual Tsleil-Waututh Nation Cultural Arts Festival

The Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival brought a lively 2,000 festival-goers together on August 19 to celebrate Aboriginal cultures, community, and the Nation’s inextricable link to its territory.The event, at Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park in North Vancouver, was an action-packed day filled with music and dance performances, a scavenger hunt, demonstrations of ancient technologies, guided trips in traditional-style canoes by Takaya Tours, and traditional foods.

“The Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival was a great success and an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate our own distinct culture. We were thrilled to see such a great crowd from both the Fraser Valley and the North Shore,” said Chief Justin George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. “We are deeply connected to the Burrard Inlet and the festival spread awareness about the importance of preserving our water ways for future generations of all people.”




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Aboriginal Business Match 2012
, February 13 to 16, 2012, Prince George, BC

Think business speed-dating for decision makers!

The Aboriginal Business Match 2012 is the most potent Aboriginal business networking event in Western Canada. It is a direct connection to the growing business and project opportunities now available with First Nations in British Columbia.

No other event in British Columbia offers more strategic and exclusive access to First Nations and corporate leaders with real business opportunities seeking partners, investors, customers and suppliers.


 

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Leadership Forums at Tsleil-Waututh

Tsleil-Waututh Nation, North Vancouver, BC

 

The next Forum will be held in December. Details will be advised. 

 

The Leadership Forums at Tsleil-Waututh provide a space for Aboriginal communities and their partners to create new ideas. They are about sharing expertise and learning. Based on Tsleil-Waututh’s own economic successes and the realization that the Nation can learn much from its peers, this venue is offered to better use and develop effective strategies and tools that create wealth and achieve community, political and business goals.

 

The Leadership Forums bring Aboriginal leaders together to expand their communities’ participation and influence in regional economies while managing infrastructure as well as services and developing businesses both on and off-reserve.



Tsleil-Waututh Leadership Forum on Service Agreements

Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6, 2011

 

This event was attended by 60 Chiefs and technicians representing First Nations from across the province of BC, who are now or will be in the future negotiating service agreements with one or multiple municipal governments. Delegates took away increased knowledge, new tools and the support of a peer group able to jointly increase public awareness and influence to get effectual service agreements done.

A position paper based on the discussions is currently being developed and will be posted here soon. For more information please contact us. 




March 21 and 22, 2011

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Saskatoon, SK 

 



February 28 to March 2, 2011

 

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BC First Nations Community Economic Development Practitioners Forum

Vancouver, BC

 
Supported by Indian Northern Affairs Canada and co-hosted by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Tsilhqot’in National Government, this event was a partnership initiative by the BC First Nations Industry Sector Councils, the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC), the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) and the BC Regional Program Management Advisory Committee (BC RPMAC).

 

This dynamic conference offered helpful information for practitioners looking for best practices, funding and support for business and land development, and capacity building.

Produced as a green event, the delegates package was provided in digital format. Peruse the digital delegates package!

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2006 to Present

Support of Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC) Events

through Management of Corporate Partnerships

March 2010

Management of
Miyo Machihowin National Aboriginal Health Careers
Conference & Tradeshow
Native Women’s Association of Canada

February 2010

Coordination of
Aboriginal Artisan Village and Business Showcase
Four Host First Nations

 

2008 and 2009

Production and Management of
Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC Awards
Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC

 

June 2007, 2008 and 2009

Production and Management of
Annual  Forum
Industry Council for Aboriginal Business

 

 
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