The EDST, which ended in 2018-19, consisted of Indigenous business specialists, providing advisory and support services to First Nations in BC. Allowing them to take the “next steps” regarding complex business decisions. Support and advice were tailored to the specific needs of each community.
How it Works
This program ended in 2018-19.
When engaged, an EDST Coordinator provided project management and guided First Nations through the application process.
Once a First Nation was engaged in the process, the EDST Advisors offered guidance regarding strategic planning, policy and business development. Advisors were then selected to work with communities in making informed choices regarding project participation.
Advice was based on the specific needs of participating communities; it could apply to business development, implementation, evaluation and/or analysis phases of economic projects.