The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Líl̓wat Stl’atl ́imc Business Start-up Program (SLSBSP) is a new program being launched by the Whistler Centre for Sustainability (WCS) in partnership with the Squamish Líl̓wat Cultural Centre (SLCC).
The intent of the program is to support new business start-ups for local First Nation members from regional Indigenous communities including the Squamish Nation, Líl̓wat Nation, Lower Stl’atl ́imc Nations (N’Quatqua, Samahquam, Skatin, Xa’xtsa), and Upper Stl’atl ́imc Nations (T’it’q’et, Ts’kw’aylaxw, Xaxli’p, Tsal’alh and Xwisten).
The SLSBSP will support regional Nation members as they develop their business ideas in an Indigenous setting using mentoring, teaching, and learning approaches created in partnership with organizations such as our project partners, the Squamish Líl̓wat Cultural Centre, Aboriginal BEST, Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation, and Community Futures for Central Interior First Nations. Project goals are:
- To encourage, support and inspire the development of new Indigenous-based enterprises
- To create a stronger culture of Indigenous-based entrepreneurship that can generate greater social impact in the region
- To build community confidence and capacity in areas pertaining to business planning, financial literacy, marketing, branding, relationship building, and more
- To increase jobs and employment, and strengthen community-driven economic development
This program, which is set to run from March to November 2018 will use a variety of learning techniques with a strong focus on in-class learning sessions hosted at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Thanks to funding from the BC Rural Dividend Program, all participants’ costs, including transportation and accommodation, are covered. All participants who complete the program will also receive a $1000 honorarium.
The SLSBSP builds off of the Social Venture Challenge (SVC) that the WCS created in 2015 and has run for three years. The SVC spurs economic development, and builds entrepreneurial capacity through education, engagement, and business support. The initiative successfully helped kick start new social enterprises in the region, with thirty-one (31) enterprises having completed the program to date.
The deadline to apply is February 28th 2018. Applications forms can be found here….
For more information or to apply, please contact:
Whistler Centre for Sustainability
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Líl̓wat Stl’atl ́imc
Business Start Up Program
604 698 5686