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Hundreds of enterprise-minded Indigenous people from all over the world recently converged in Guatemala City, Guatemala for the 5th Annual World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF). The WIBF forum is an initiative of the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The non-profit organization was established to build leadership capacity in Indigenous people. Run by Indigenous people and directed by a volunteer board reflecting the diversity of the Indigenous community the WIBF is a perfect catalyst to new partnership potentials and international relationship building.
Deals in resource industries world-wide signal a new and exciting chapter in Indigenous business potential. Aboriginal business is looking beyond Canada to the rest of the world as they look to Indigenous communities to develop business in the natural resource sector. Chinese companies have been buying Canadian assets in partnership with First Nations opening the door to a larger conversation involving many levels of government at home and abroad.