Indigenous communities across Canada are actively pursuing new opportunities to build their economies, retain sovereignty, and incorporate traditional activities in a respectful and meaningful way. One such industry Indigenous communities have approached these opportunities is through Artisan Co-operatives.
Artisan Co-operatives can take many shapes and include many different stakeholders and take on any size, depending how artisans want to approach the model. But many use the model to reach larger markets as a group and reduce administrative costs.
Join Trista Pewapisconias, Indigenous Relations Lead for a discussion on how Indigenous artisans have used the co-operative model to reach new markets and monetized their talents to expand the tourism industry, increase personal income, and create opportunities.
Trista Pewapisconias is a member of the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan and Indigenous Relations Lead for Co-operatives First. In her role with Co-operatives First, Trista works alongside community members to form new businesses based on the co-operative model. Her support with business development and planning helps guide groups through the process of starting a successful business. Trista’s professional experience includes various marketing roles, as well as writing business plans for Indigenous start-up companies. A tireless advocate for Indigenous business, Trista is also a founding board member of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce of Saskatchewan and holds an MBA from Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.