Aboriginal Partnerships

// by: nate.woods

On March 13, 2014 Ɂaq’am Community Enterprises (ACE), the development corporation of the St. Mary’s Indian Band, and Arctic Arrow Powerline Group (AAPG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will change the future of economic development for the St. Mary’s Band.

“The Memorandum of Understanding has created a strong relationship between AAPG and ACE. It will be through the Memorandum that ACE will begin its venture into economic development in the energy sector. This MOU will result in increased capacity and learning opportunities for ACE and for the community,” said Chief Jim Whitehead of St. Mary’s Band.

Meetings began last fall in Sparwood, BC, and continued through the New Year to discuss potential impact, both positive and negative, of creating a partnership.

“It was obvious from the beginning that AAPG and ACE were a good fit. After gaining an understanding of the Ɂaq’am team, it was clear that our organizations shared very similar core goals and values.” said Mike Honeyman, Regional Manager, AAPG.

Both organizations shared similar excitement about the new relationship.

“AAPG stood out to us for its local reputation and return to local economy. They have been established in Ktunaxa territory, with a positive reputation, for over 30 years. They work locally, hire locally, and their employees spend locally,” stated Becky Pelkonen, Director of Community & Economic Development.