May 29, 2018


Wendake, May 29 2018 – The First Nations Social Economy Regional Table (FNSERT) today launched the Portrait of the Social Economy Amongst Quebec First Nations. The Portrait, whose data was collected in 2017, makes the inventory of social economy enterprises and identifies courses of action that will increase the contribution of this sector to the economic and social development of the First Nations.


To consult the highlights of the Portrait, go to cdepnql.org


Quotes :


« A social economy enterprise is the perfect form of organization to promote the assumption of economic development in First Nation communities. There is nothing like a person with a local background to understand and respond to the needs », Mickel Robertson, Director General of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC).


« Social economy is ultimately connected to our traditional ways of life and it highlights the collective aspect that characterizes us. This form of entrepreneurship seeks to better serve our populations and introduce a local management autonomy, in addition to creating a sense of belonging, pride and collective success », Marjolaine Siouï, Director General of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC).


Highlights :


 There are 100 social economy enterprises amongst First Nations (88 non-profit organizations and 12 cooperatives); it represents 2 % of all the social economy enterprises in Quebec;


 The three main activity sectors represented by these enterprises are : individual services (26,9 %), arts and culture (23,1 %) and health and social services (19,2 %).


About the FNSERT


The FNSERT is a regional consultation body coordinated by the FNQLEDC and regrouping partners and enterprises of social economy which have the shared goal of promoting and developing collective and social entrepreneurship (social economy) amongst First Nations across Quebec.



For more information:

Karine Awashish Social Economy Advisor, FNQLEDC Tel. : 418 843-1488, Ext. 1230 | kawashish@cdepnql.org