An Opportunity to Engage in the Indigenous Procurement Initiative

January 31, 2019


The Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is inviting Indigenous Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Agencies and Organizations to participate in the Indigenous Procurement Initiative - Regional Engagement Workshops.

The British Columbia Procurement Strategy was released on June 25, 2018 to align BC Government’s procurement principles and processes with today’s economy. Under the first goal of the Strategy is a priority action to engage with Indigenous partners and businesses to inform the development of a coordinated government approach to procurement with Indigenous businesses and communities (i.e. the Indigenous Procurement Initiative).

The Province wishes to undertake this engagement with Indigenous partners, organizations, businesses and communities to gather experiences and recommendations to inform the development of the approach and to increase Indigenous participation in government’s procurement opportunities.

Registration:
• Please email Connie.Larochelle@gov.bc.ca with session, name(s) and affiliation(s)
• As space is limited, registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Please see the registration deadlines below

Who may wish to attend?
• Indigenous Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
• Organizations and service providers delivering business, economic development and employment services to Indigenous peoples in BC
• Educational institutions offering business and employment skills training and professional development
• Economic Development Corporation CEOs and COOs
• Economic Development Officers

Why attend?
• Provide input and recommendations and network with like-minded participants
• Engage with BC ministries and agencies with interest in your experience and recommendations on Indigenous-specific procurement initiatives

Proposed dates and locations:
Victoria - January 31 (Registration Deadline: January 25)
Nanaimo - February 4 (Registration Deadline: January 25)
Williams Lake - February 7 (Registration Deadline: January 25)
Prince George - February 21 (Registration Deadline: February 8)
Terrace - March 4 (Registration Deadline: February 22)
Cranbrook - March 6 (Registration Deadline: February 22)
Vancouver - March 7 (Registration Deadline: February 22)
Kelowna - March 8 (Registration Deadline: February 22)


If you require financial assistance for travel, please email our Registration Coordinator Connie.Larochelle@gov.bc.ca. For more information, please contact Sarah.Gerein@gov.bc.ca at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.



British Columbia Achievement Foundation
T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)
E. indigenousbusiness@bcachievement.com

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British Columbia Achievement Foundation
T. 604.261.9777 | Toll Free 866.882.6088 (in BC)
E. info@bcachievement.com
F. 778.379.0511