NEW ZEALAND-A delegation of more than 25 countries representing more than 500 indigenous businesses are meeting in Rotorua this year.
Acknowledging the land is how Andrew Carrier of Cree First Nations connects with all indigenous peoples.
He says, “The world is no longer small. We can reach each other globally and that’s what we are doing.”
In October, New Zealand will play host to the World Indigenous Business Forum which has been previously held in New York, Hawaii and Chile.
Te Ohu Whai Ao spokesperson Richard Tauehe Jefferies told Te Kāea, “What I am seeing is that indigenous businesses everywhere are growing.”
Carrier says, “We need to showcase our successes and work on helping each other from indigenous to indigenous communities.”
One of the speakers is from Canada. Robert Louie, LL.B, OC, Hon. Dr. LL.B is the former Chief (24 years) of the Westbank First Nation and has served on numerous Boards, Companies and Special Appointments with Government and private industry for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in real estate development and has focused primarily on working for First Nations on land matters throughout Canada.
He is the Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and has been instrumental in getting First Nations into incremental self governance. He is the Indigenous advisor representing Canada on the World
Last year there were over 1,100 Māori enterprises. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures estimate Māori enterprise is worth nearly $40 billion. Richard Jefferies says this event will enable us to connect and network with our indigenous friends.
Jefferies says, “Our values are similar as well as the customs so this is another pathway for us.”
The forum first began in 2010 this will be the first time that it comes to New Zealand and it will be held here at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. –Maori TV and Aboriginal Business files
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