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practices into our business activities, ensuring that our ventures promote and preserve the traditional cultural and environmental values of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw people. Through responsible business operations, such as resource conservation and the implementation of sustainable technologies, we aim to minimize our environmental footprint while fostering a culture of conservation and sustainability within the community.” KEDC also plays a vital role in promoting the cultural preservation and heritage of the Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw Nations. From naming entities after traditional kwak’wala words to employing a Cultural Events Coordinator, KEDC ensures that GNN’s culture and heritage are celebrated and integrated into its operations. Looking ahead, KEDC envisions a future of greater growth, community impact, and sustainability. The organization aims to expand existing ventures, explore new market opportunities, and continue integrating sustainable practices into all aspects of operations. “We aim to further empower the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations by driving economic prosperity, fostering environmental stewardship, and celebrating the Nations cultural heritage,” says Nixon. “By doing so, we hope to not only ensure the well-being of the community but also set a precedent for Indigenous economic development globally.” For more information, please visit KEDC accepting the 2023 Business Legacy Award 61 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA