The EDST, consisting of Aboriginal business specialists, provides advisory and support services to First Nations in BC. Allowing them to take the “next steps” regarding complex business decisions. Support and advice are tailored to the specific needs of each community.
An EDST Coordinator provides project management and guides First Nations through the application process.
Once a First Nation is engaged in the process, the EDST Advisors will offer guidance regarding strategic planning, policy and business development. Advisors are then selected to work with communities in making informed choices regarding project participation.
Advice will be based on the specific needs of participating communities; it can apply to business development, implementation, evaluation and/or analysis phases of economic projects.
First Nations in BC that have established economic development infrastructure and are seeking advice on how to advance specific business projects in an effective manner are encouraged to apply to the EDST initiative.
Tribal Councils in BC can also apply on behalf of First Nations with accompanying support letters.
The EDST is currently responding to short-term requests for capacity development support.