Political & Economic Organizations - Additional Reading

Business and Politics

A. Global Business

More and more, Aboriginal businesses are reaching global customers.

The Blood Tribe Agricultural Project (BTAP), which has received a 2003 Canada Export Award for excellence, is an example of a community-owned project with international success.  It is the largest irrigation operation in western Canada.  The operation provides permanent and seasonal employment for many of members of the Kainai First Nation.  Some people have received education, training, and mentorship through the project.

The Sawridge First Nation not only owns many hotels in popular tourist areas, such as Jasper National Park, but also owns the largest bottled water plant in Canada.  Sawridge Waters, located on Annacis Island, near Vancouver, exports Spirit Water to the United States.  The Sawridge people demonstrate great entrepreneurship and are a role model for many others.  The band’s objective is to be self-sufficient, providing jobs and a stable economic base that is not dependent on government contributions or on depleting natural resources.