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Overview of the 2002 Economic Conference

November 28th, 29th, 2002

The Economic Development Conference, a part of the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, this year will look at various aspects of the Aboriginal Cultural Industries.

Although one of the most successful and fastest growing economic development segments in many Aboriginal communities, many Aboriginal leaders and government agencies do not view the cultural industries as economic development.

The conference is designed to bring together all those who have a vested interest in the growth of the cultural industries. Panelists and delegates will include artists, presenters, producers, funding agencies and corporate representatives interested in events.

The conference will be co-chaired by two very well known and credible leaders in their selected fields, Sadie Buck, the Artistic Director on Indian Art-I-Crafts of Ontario, presenters of the festival and Ronald Jamieson, Senior Vice President of Aboriginal Banking, Bank of Montreal. The Economic Development Conference committee strongly recommended Ms. Buck and Mr. Jamieson as they bring together the integral parts of presenting an event - the artistic and financial. Committee members: Janet Gates, Ontario Tourism, Les Horswill, Hydro One and Catherine Cornelius and Ron Robert representing Indian Art-I-Crafts of Ontario.

Delegate fees, $395.00 will include meals, floor seats for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards; the VIP Backstage gathering immediately following the awards show and weekend passes to the overall festival.

Space is limited so we advise all those interested in the conference to book early. Space will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, please contact us.

Day One, Nov. 28th:

The industry - what is it and what are the benefits to the community

Tourism - culture content. What works, what does not.

Putting together a cultural event/package.

Lunch - Aboriginal recording industry reps.

Funding for cultural events.

The economic realities of the cultural industries.

Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and VIP Backstage gathering

Day Two, Nov. 29th:

Planning a cultural event.

The awards - putting together a major event. Discussion on the previous evenings activities with key players

People interested in attending this year's Economic Development Conference can download a printable entry form.

Click here for the list of Committee Co-Chairs

For a Look at the complete two day agenda, click here.


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