Alberta First Nations chief to be honoured for 30 years of business

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Nov 20, 2016 3:08 pm MDT Photo: Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Alberta First Nations chief to be honoured for 30 years of business leadership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business leaders from across Canada will be in Calgary celebrating the successes of an Alberta First Nations chief. Jim Boucher, who is the chief of the Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta, will be honoured on Wednesday evening at the Aboriginal Connections Reception. J.P. Gladu, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, said Boucher has spent the past 30 years building strong partnerships between Fort McKay, industry and government. Gladu said in the early days, the First Nation was opposed to development for fears it would be negatively impacted, but shifted when members realized there were opportunities to work with industry to develop their economy, and that they could have a say in how and where the development happened. He said Boucher’s ability to build relationships has led to the economic and social success of the First Nation. “At the end of the day, it gets down to relationships,” Gladu said. “We need to treat relationships like we treat our marriages in that if we’re going to have a healthy marriage; we have to have a healthy understanding of each other.”“We have to understand where the value is in the relationship, and we have to communicate regularly. We both have to benefit from the relationship, and we both have to be at the table when we make decisions.”Gladu added, Boucher took time and effort to build these types of relationships, and the companies Fort McKay works with have reciprocated, which is why the community is such a success story. read more