A community based economic strategy for the Temagami First Nation

Temagami First Nation, Ontario

Temagami First Nation requested the services of MDB Insight to create a forward thinking Community Economic Development Strategic Plan that is reflective of the interests of the community and developed by the community. With the completion of this Strategic Plan, Temagami First Nation has been able to successfully direct its resources towards business and community development opportunities that lead to results.

Bringing the community’s economic objectives to life

MDB Insight worked closely with Band members, Reserve staff and Chief and Council to develop a strategy that brought the community’s economic objectives to life. Our team spent more than 20 days on Bear Island interviewing members, facilitating focus groups, mentoring staff, coordinating community dinners and delivering presentations with the intention of ensuring the final recommendations were consistent with the community’s cultural, environmental and social goals.

The final document offers a detailed community economic development strategy that has aggressive but achievable development targets, builds on the community’s unique advantages while working to resolve disadvantages. It identifies the business opportunities that make sense for the community to pursue and has proactive action plans.

The accomplishments of this project and other work with First Nations communities has led to MDB Insight being requested to speak at important development conferences including the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) Annual Conference and Gathering for Success: International Symposium on Aboriginal Economic Development.