Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI)
MSGC is co-managing a Strategic Partnership Initiative with Natural Resource Canada.
Metis Settlements Strategic Training Initiative
Settlement Investment Corporation
Agriculture Agri-food Canada
Northern Forestry Centre
Western Economic Diversification
Alberta Indigenous Relations
Alberta Economic Development Trade and Tourism
Participating Settlement Councils
Natural Resource Canada
Crown Indigenous Relations Canada
Indigenous Services Canada
Participating Settlement Councils are engaged in a fee-for-service contract for the purpose of engaging the community in an open and lively discussion as follows:
- Opportunities Identification – Community Members are welcomed to a public meeting to discuss the types of projects the Settlement could undertake. All ideas are “on the board” and ends in a “dot-mocracy exercise” where everyone votes for their favourite ideas. These ideas and voting are presented to Council in their project selection. Presentations from the partners are available at the request of the administration on subjects including: Cannabis and Hemp, Tourism, Forest Carbon, Agriculture Programs, and other emerging concerns. We encourage entrepreneurs, community corporations, or other partners of the Settlement to contact their Administrator if they would like to make a presentation.
- Entrepreneurship – Community Members are welcomed to a public meeting to discuss the ways in which entrepreneurs can “plug in” to their local economy. Learn about supports, barriers, and emerging opportunities in a variety of sectors.
- Community Verification – Communities are revisited to discuss the outcomes of project selection, pre-feasibility/feasibility, and recommendations. Even if you haven’t been part of the earlier sessions, come out to learn about activities and interests in your community, and have your say on planning for economic growth.
Here is the work plan overview: Strategic Partnerships Initiative: Activities and Outcomes
All events begin with dinner at 5:30 PM, and have a 3 hour agenda. There will be fun, food, and prizes.
Darcy Dupas, B.A. Econ.
Economic Development Coordinator
Metis Settlements General Council (MSGC)
I began my career in Government Members’ Researcher at the Legislative Assembly Office of Alberta. In 2002, I started an Edmonton-based writing consultancy with the First Nations of the North Peace Tribal Council, then some contract work with a handful of First Nations, Regional Councils, and Treaty area organizations. My most notable achievements include some expertise in First Nations’ Financial Transfer Arrangements with the Chiefs’ Fiscal Table, c. 2009. Transitioning into employment in 2014, I went to work at East Prairie Metis Settlement and served for two years as their Administrator. In July 2017 I began Economic Development Coordination at MSGC. For full transparency please see my LinkedIn Profile.
I am a writer, and I enjoy constructing business plans and models. I am interested in organizational theory. My best accomplishments so far with MSGC are to help build the relationship with Canada, and an Aboriginal Business Investment Fund (ABIF) grant for Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement.
My goal is to create long-term, sustainable, and continuous economic growth in all of the Settlements, that result in profitability and the creation of high quality employment for Settlement Members.