Governance and Economic Growth Message at NEDC Conference

The NEDC (Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation) will be hosting the Thriving Nations: Aboriginal Governance Conference, and it will be held on October 27th & 28th at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, BC.

NEDC will open the conference on day one with Dr. Manley Begay who will discuss nation building and share case studies in the A.M., a long with other speakers to follow, and then day one will end with NEDC’s annual Business Awards. Day two will go deeper into aspects presented by Dr. Begay followed again by a great line up of speakers and case studies.

The series of panelists and presenters will be going into great depth regarding leadership, business, strategic orientation, community engagement and ways to stimulate economic growth within the First Nations communities.

Dr. Begay is a professor at Northern Arizona University and specializes in Indigenous Nation-Building, Education, and Dine’ History and Philosophy; he is also the co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

“Manley has been involved with Harvard study for a number of years. He did a lot of research on why given the exact same circumstances some nations thrive and other don’t,” said Caledonia Fred Assistant Manager at NEDC when asked what message does Dr. Begay bring to this conference.

His message: “What makes communities thrive,” said Fred.

“It’s not necessarily just focusing on governance itself, but how good governance can increase all the key socio and economic factors in our First Nations communities,” said Fred.

“We’re trying to get away from having theories, to showing real examples and tools of what people use to move them forward.”

NEDC has given business awards out annually for the past 11 years in categories like: Business of the Year, Best Youth Business, Environmental & Sustainable and Best New Business.

This conference is friendly to all and all are welcome to attend, but is mainly geared to the governance and economic growth in First Nations Communities.

One can simply purchase tickets to the conference online through the NEDC website (, but prudence is a virtue in this case because the conference is having an early bird special until the September 27th, then the tickets go back up to their regular price.