Nisga’a Nation Business Forum – June 13 & 14, 2018

The first annual Nisga’a Nation Business Forum was held on June 13 & 14 at the Gitlaxt’aamiks Recreation Centre. Created with the intent of supporting economic development in the Nass Valley region, the forum was spearheaded by Bertram Mercer, Manager Economic Development for the Nisga’a Lisims Government.

The 186 attendees on Day 1 and the 240 attendees on Day 2 were able to hear from a wide variety of presenters about the economic past, present, and future for the Nisga’a Nation. Representatives from each village government presented on the unique opportunities and challenges in their respective communities. Local industry representatives and funding providers offered perspectives on how they could help support the economy in the Nass Valley. Tourism, banking, grocery, mining and entrepreneurial initiatives were just some of the opportunities discussed.

In addition to the presentations, on day 2 a Statement of Collaboration was signed between Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) and the Nisga’a Nation. The collaboration marks the intention of ITBC and the Nation to work together to develop the Nass Valley as a world-class tourist destination.

Thank you to the event organizers and sponsors who collaborated to produce a tremendously successful event. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

To view photos of the forum, visit our photo album at


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