Selkirk Development Corporation - page 5

JUNE 2017
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“We are currently working on our strategic
plan with our shareholders—the chief and
council of Selkirk First Nation—to pursue
business opportunities, particularly in min-
ing or real estate, with their backing,” says
Jeremy Harper, one of the Board of Direc-
tors for SDC. Harper was Wolf councillor
for the Selkirk First Nation for six years be-
fore joining the business arm of the SDC
five years ago. A jovial man in his thirties,
Harper has seen first hand the positive im-
pact the SDC has had on his community.
“A self-governing First Nation and busi-
ness development are two different enti-
ties and functions entirely, and we work to
find the best partnerships and opportuni-
ties for both sides,” he says, “so that we
can not only be self-governing, but com-
pletely self-supporting now and in future
To facilitate business development, the
SDC employs a CEO to vet business pro-
posals and bring them to the Board of Di-
rectors. The SDC also works with various
business advisors and consultants with
expertise in various service providers and
mining companies. The CEO’s mandate is
to make money on behalf of Selkirk First
Nation and invest in joint ventures and ex-
pand its operations. The SDC is seeking
to establish new business partnerships to
take advantage of the many opportunities
both within the traditional territory of the
Selkirk First Nation and throughout the Yu-
The SDC’s joint venture with Capstone
Mining is a good example of the positive
relations SDC has forged. Capstone’s Min-
to Mine is an open pit copper mine. In
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