Following the updates from public health officials regarding in-person gatherings and much careful consideration, we are excited to announce that we are planning for the 6th Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference to take place in person at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC!

The health and safety of our community remains very important to us. We are continuously monitoring and evaluating COVID-19 updates and will follow guidelines and policies put forward by public health authorities. The main priority is the health and well-being of our participants, delegates, staff, and volunteers.

In the case that an in-person event will not be possible due to unforeseen safety risks, the event will be held virtually on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Please note, these dates are subject to change.

Join us on October 21 – 22, 2021 in person to learn and discuss the sustainable economic development opportunities that exist for Indigenous communities and resource-based businesses. The 6th iteration of this event focusses on building meaningful relationships and providing practical guidance and deep insight on developing effective partnerships in the natural resource space.

View the 2020 program and speaker line-up HERE.

The 2020 program featured an intriguing line-up of speakers who will share their experiences, perspectives and knowledge of successful approaches and overcoming challenges.

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Welcome Chiefs, Councillors, Elders, resource developers, businesses and Government representatives to the 6th Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference.  We are excited to again host this First Nations-led conference with a focus on sharing success stories of First Nations, resource developers and the Government working together to advance positive projects. Since the launch of the original series conference, many successful partnerships now exist that are bringing significant benefits to First Nations, resource developers, businesses and all levels of Government.  When First Nations communities are healthy and have opportunities, we all benefit.  The conference lays the foundation for future partnerships and resulting benefits for First Nations and the resource sector.

Dallas W. Smith
Conference Chair
President, Nanwakolas Council