Government of Yukon supports successful Indigenous economic development conference

Indigenous businesses, leaders and development corporations gathered in Whitehorse earlier this week for the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference. The conference was hosted by the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce and welcomed attendees from across the North.  

The Government of Yukon provided $50,000 towards the conference which took place from February 12 to 14. 

The 2019 Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony was held during the conference as well as sessions focused on Indigenous development corporations, tourism, mining, natural resources and investment.

Robust economic growth and investment in Yukon would not be possible without strong government-to-government relationships with First Nations and dedicated efforts to strengthen entrepreneurial opportunities. It was very exciting that the Arctic Inspiration Prize award ceremony was part of the conference program. I am particularly excited that the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Teaching and Working Farm received a prize and I am also grateful for MP Larry Bagnell’s work on securing matching funding from the federal government for this great initiative.

Premier Sandy Silver

Our government believes First Nations and their development corporations are key to the success of advancing economic development in Yukon. We are pleased to provide funding to support conferences and opportunities which help promote collaborative economic partnerships for the benefit all Yukoners.

Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai

As the largest multi-sector conference hosted North of 60, the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference provides an incredible opportunity to create new contacts, build relationships, share successes and gain inspiration from neighbours, colleagues and competitors. We are grateful to our partners at the Government of Yukon, Indigenous development corporations and businesses from all sectors for their ongoing support as we continue to work collaboratively from coast to coast to coast to create economic prosperity and community wellness across the North.

Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce President Michelle Kolla

Quick facts 
  • Premier Silver delivered a keynote address to delegates during the conference.

  • There are currently 18 Yukon First Nations development corporations.

Media contact 

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications

Shona Mostyn
Communications, Economic Development

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