First Nation and Municipal Collaboration: Lessons from the Field

Presenting Organization
Indigenous Business and Investment Council

The Indigenous Business and Investment Council (IBIC), in collaboration with the Union of BC Municipalities and the First Nations Summit is releasing a compendium of case studies on First Nation and Municipal Collaboration. The Workshop will highlight these case studies and the different types of pathways and partnerships 

Read the Pathways to Collaboration case studies to learn more about the many successful First Nations and local government economic development collaborations in B.C. 

What Participants will Learn by Attending

  1. Approaches to collaboration – common goals and objectives.
  2. Importance of relationship building with neighboring/overlapping municipal and regional governments
  3. Building and reinforcing mutually beneficial relations.

Moderator: Chief Aaron Sumexheltza
Speaker: Chief Michelle Edwards
Speaker Chief Russ Chipps, Beecher Bay First Nation
Speaker: Lee Anne Cameron, Director of Lands, Okanagan Indian Band

Presenter Biographies 
Moderator; Chief Aaron Sumexheltza, Lower Nicola Indian Band, Chair of the Indigenous Business and Investment CouncilSki’us Aaron Sumexheltza is Chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band.  He previously worked as a lawyer for Fulton & Company and several other organizations, focusing on representing residential school survivors and criminal defence.  Aaron is currently a member of the board for the Assembly of First Nations – Advisory Committee on Climate Action and the Environment, the BC Aboriginal Justice Council, and the Lower Nicola Indian Band Development Corporation.  He was previously a Councillor for the Lower Nicola Indian Band and the Nicola Valley Community Justice Services Society.  Aaron has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from California State University.

Speaker: Chief Russ Chipps, Beecher Bay First Nation, Member IBIC (tentative)Russ Chipps is the Chief Councilor of the Beecher Bay First Nation. His position as Chief involves the governance of the Beecher Bay First Nation, the overseeing of health and business opportunities, and the guidance and development of Spirit Bay in the community. In addition, he owns and operates the company Nanny Goat Yard Works.  He is also the former Economic Development Officer of the Beecher Bay Casino Corporation. Mr. Chipps sits on the Spirit Bay Development board, which guides the development of building a sustainable town for Beecher Bay and other residents. He is a member of both the Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Inter-Tribal Health Board. He is a former board member of the South Island Wellness Board. He participated in the creation of the First Nations Health council and served as a representative at that time.

Beecher Bay First Nation collaboration with the District of Metchosin and the City of Langford. See Pathways to Collaboration.

Lee Anne Cameron, Director of Lands, Okanagan Indian Band Member IBIC (tentative)Lee Anne Cameron is currently the Director of Lands for the Okanagan Indian Band. Previously, Ms. Cameron was the Director of First Nations and Metis Relations for Hydro One Networks Inc.; a Special Advisor to the National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations; and special advisor to the Minister of Indian & Northern Affairs Canada and later advisor to the Minister of Human Resources Development Canada. She previously served as a Director for Hydro One Remotes Community Inc. and Co-Chair for the Hydro One Charity Campaign. While at Hydro One, Lee Anne led the negotiating team resulting in the B2M LP, a transmission partnership with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.  The assets held by the partnership are in excess of $500m.
City of Vernon – Okanagan Indian Band. See Pathways to Collaboration.