Attawapiskat Enterprises is a private, for-profit organization that serves the members of Attawapiskat First Nation by developing community-owned businesses. In carrying out this work, we are successfully creating employment and building opportunities in the region for the long term.
Our operations are self-funded, and a portion of dividends go towards the Attawapiskat First Nation Community Trust.
Our role is to:
- Identify and negotiate suitable business opportunities in the region
- Develop those business opportunities that we negotiate
- Provide community support and investment
- Represent the interests of our companies with other parties
Using dividends from our business investments, Attawapiskat Enterprises has invested more than $4 million to Attawapiskat First Nation Community Trust, for the benefit of Attawapiskat members. A portion of our profits continue to be contributed to this trust.
In the past, when the DeBeers Victor was in production, we have made “donations to individuals”, such as cultural, sports and recreation activities; education and training; emergency needs. Unfortunately, with the closure of the DeBeers Victor Mine, our revenue has decreased to the point we cannot make these donations
What we don’t do …
Attawapiskat Enterprises is not a Community Development Corporation or a non-profit organization. We do not assist with individual-owned companies, their business planning and operational support.
Although we are 100% owned by Attawapiskat First Nation, our operations are entirely separate from the transactions of Council and its decision-making process. Chief and Council are not involved in the day-to-day operations of Attawapiskat Enterprises.
In the past, when the DeBeers Victor was in production, we have made “donations to individuals”, such as cultural, sports and recreation activities; education and training; emergency needs. Unfortunately, with the closure of the DeBeers Victor Mine, our revenue have decreased to the point we cannot make these donations. We do make regular contributions to the Attawapiskat Community Trust.
Attawapiskat First Nation is located inland from James Bay on the Attawapiskat River in the Canadian Province of Ontario. The First Nation has a membership of 2,700. About 1,800 live on reserve.
Companies and organizations in the community include retail, administration, health services, education, transportation, construction and education. However, sources of revenue, skills training and local employment are very limited.
Through Attawapiskat Enterprises, we are trying to create practical opportunities for our members to work in Attawapiskat First Nation-owned businesses.
Organization & Structure
Attawapiskat Enterprises is 100% owned by Attawapiskat First Nation and our offices are located in the community. We are an incorporated, for-profit entity that operates separately from Chief and Council.
A Board of Directors provides ongoing oversight and direction to our Chief Executive Officer. The Chairperson and Board Members are also Attawapiskat First Nation members. While we report to and take direction from the Board, we also report to our shareholders (Chief and Council) on a regular basis.
Board of Directors:
Steve Hookimaw, Chair
Scott Carpenter, Treasurer
Dorothy Kioke, Director
John Nakogee, Director
Andrew Sutherland, Director
Dave Kohtala, General Manager
Melissa Regan, Operations Manager
Jody Charette, Finance Manager
Sally Louttit, Administrative Coordinator