International First Nations Community Planning Conference and Investment Fair

05/23/2006 2:00 pm
05/25/2006 2:00 pm
International First Nation Community Planning Conference and Investment Fair

May 23-25th, 2006

Membertou Trade and Convention Center

Membertou First Nation, Sydney, Nova Scotia

“Learning from the Past, understanding the Present and shaping a better Future”


Conference Objectives

First Nations in Atlantic have been working with a wide variety of partners to develop and implement community plans.  The Atlantic Policy Congress, Dalhousie University and the Government of Canada are working with communities through a Joint Steering Committee.

The Atlantic Policy Congress on behalf of the Steering Committee is sponsoring a three day conference.  The conference is designed to support the work of the Steering Committee and First Nations in several ways:

  • To promote learning and innovation related to First Nation community planning and development.
  • To facilitate investment and partnership relating to the implementation of First Nation community plans and community development.
  • To foster interchange among communities of practice related to First Nation community planning and development.

The three days conference format will include key note speakers, concurrent workshops, investment fair, crafters, and a banquet.  Some of the speakers the conference hopes to attract are:

  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
  • Michael Bopp co-author of ‘Recreating the World’
  • Gwen Phillips of the Saint Mary’s First Nation, British Columbia
  • The Maori
  • The Kennedy School of Governance, Harvard University
  • Phil Fontaine, Grand Chief, Assembly of First Nations
  • J. Prentice, PC, MP, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
  • Premier Designate of Nova Scotia, Rodney McDonald

The workshops topics will include:

  • Private – public partnership
  • Reserve Land Management
  • First Nation Economic Development
  • Public Borrowing for First Nations
  • Certification for First Nation Community Planning Workers
  • Role of First Nation Youth in Community Economic Development
  • Traditional approaches to sustainable development
  • Restorative Justice
  • Innovative approaches to First Nation Housing

The Atlantic Policy Congress is expecting 200-300 participants, from the Public, Private and Civil Sector. Our First Nations Leaders, Administrators and community members will be in attendance as well.

Several thousand square feet of space will be devoted to booths and activities aimed at facilitating public, private and civil sector investment in First Nation communities. 

There will be a banquet with a traditional feast served on the night of the May 24th, 2006 including entertainment.

Accommodations in a number of business class hotels are available within walking distance or by a short commute.

Conference Space and Booth spaces are still available.  For more information please contact Violet Paul at 902-435-8021 or email her at

Registration forms, hotel information etc, will be made available on the APC website at