Project Overview

The Six Nations Elected Council has been pursuing economic development initiatives since 1979 with limited success. This can be attributed to a lack of business knowledge by political leadership, and a lack of transparency, accountability and due diligence. Recently, other First Nations in Canada have achieved economic success for their communities, with two of the most notable being, Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia and the Osoyoos First Nation in British Columbia.

The Six Nations Elected Council has recognized that economic independence is a necessity for creating and maintaining a self-governing, healthy and sustainable community. In March 2011, they signalled their willingness to enter into a new understanding of success in economic development by allowing the Economic Development department to operate an “arms length” community engagement project known as Tewawennaro:rooks - We Gather Our Voices”. The “We Gather Our Voices” project (WGOV) set out to gather the voices of community members to provide direction for the future of economic development at Six Nations. Between May 2011 and October 2011 19 think tank sessions became the basis for the final report "Wetewawennare:roke - We Gathered Our Voices” which has become the direction for the future of Economic Development at Six Nations.

We Gather Our Voices Final Report