Beringia’s Past Projects

Project History

(Alphabetical by Client Name)

  • 8024 Yukon Ltd.

Negotiated a company buyout of a salmon and halibut processing plant for Chief Isaac Incorporated

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Worked extensively with Federal government employees from a variety of departments to train them in CCP, Aboriginal economic development, good governance, and building sustainable development capacity. These workshops and training sessions have been held across Canada.

  • Atsua Ku River Boat Tours (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Developed a two year marketing strategy for a seasonal tourism business

  • BC Aboriginal Housing Committee (Vancouver, BC)

Assisted in the preparation of a research report to develop an Aboriginal Housing Authority

  • Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) (Calgary)

Co-designed a training curriculum for the development of a National First Nations Land Use Planning (LUP) Training Program

  • Caribou Records Inc.

Prepared a business plan to expand a local music record label

  • Centre for Indigenous & Environmental Resources (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Facilitated a national First Nations CCP capacity and training initiative, offer outreach and CCP support with six First Nations across Canada, and delivered a one day CCP workshop to First Nations Economic Development Officers.

  • Champagne & Aishihik First Nations (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Conducted a two-day workshop strategic plan evaluation; completed a feasibility study for a commercial salmon fishery on the Alsek River; assisted project leader to complete four community proposals for infrastructure projects and human resource positions

  • Chief Isaac Inc .

Assisted in preparing a three year economic development strategy; created a new organizational structure; assisted in updating a strategic plan during an intensive board training workshop; property management services, including negotiating five property lease agreements; negotiated a potential joint venture agreement with the Northwest Company for a retail store and McLondon Enterprises for a joint venture tourist operation; increased community capital infrastructure – office complex, housing projects, plant expansion and community hall

  • City of Campbell River (Campbell River, BC)

Acted as a planning advisor in collaboration with HB Lanarc to facilitate the City of Campbell River’s Sustainable Official Community Plan (SOCP) and the creation of a Governance and Partnership Strategy with three local First Nations. The project won the 2011 Union of BC Municipalities Excellent Awards for the Category of Civic Engagement.

  • City of Prince George (Prince George, BC)

Acted as a First Nations planning advisor to the City of Prince George’s planning team to complete an integrated community sustainability plan (ICSP).

  • City of Squamish

Completed an atlas of 34 bioregional maps for the City of Squamish for UBC School Mapping Project

  • Conscribe Enterprises Ltd.

Completed an analysis of comprehensive community planning (CCP) standards and how INAC can support First Nations who undertake CCP

  • Dana Naye Ventures (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Assisted in preparing a business plan for Industry Canada’s CCIP Demonstration Project for a venture capital loan fund

  • Daylu Dena Council (Lower Post, BC)

Facilitated a five year economic vision for the Kaska community

  • Environment Directorate, Indian & Northern affairs Canada (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Designed and facilitated a three day First Nations Planning Workshop on Comprehensive Community Planning (2007); Facilitated a presentation and workshop on sustainability planning for a departmental review and assessment

  • Etsi Shon Productions

Completed a two-year marketing strategy and a three-year business strategy for a First Nations music artist

  • Five Finger Enterprise (Carmacks, Yukon)

Completed a tourism workshop and business plan for a family business expansion

  • Han Fisheries Ltd.

Managed a salmon fish and caviar processing operation for three years; expanded operation into value – added processing; implemented a fish waste processing system; developed a salmon smoking operation; created a salmon retail shop and a salmon barbecue tourist operation; marketing and sales promotion

  • Han Housing Ltd.

Created a First Nation’s housing construction company and housing authority

  • Han Natural Products Ltd.

Created and facilitated a joint venture in the harvesting of wild mushrooms and natural products; supervised company operations

  • Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Completed a review and analysis of a First Nations Relocation Agreement; Worked with the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and Lower Post First Nation community to develop housing policies and proposals for the New On-Reserve Housing Approach (NORHA) Program

  • Kaska Dena Council (Watson Lake, Yukon)

Conducted an organizational review for the community’s BC Treaty organization

  • Kruda Che (Haines Junction, Yukon)

Prepared a business plan for a First Nation owned tourist operation

  • Kwick’wasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation (Guilford Island, BC)

Co-facilitated a comprehensive community plan

  • Liard First Nation (Watson Lake, Yukon)

Facilitated a community-led process to complete a three year regional treatment strategy for the Liard First Nation under the project management of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society. The project won a national planning award: 2011 Canadian Institute of Planners Awards for Planning Excellence – Category: Planning For and Develop of Aboriginal Communities.

  • Lower Post First Nation

Completed a series of participatory planning workshops to design a new housing policy and program for Dàliyo’ Housing

  • Lower Similkameen Indian Band (Keremeos, BC) (2012)

Facilitating a six month community-based process to complete a land use plan based on traditional knowledge and local values for the LSIB reserve land.  This plan takes a holistic view of the role of land to culture, health, governance and economy.  A highly participatory process has brought youth, elders and a variety of community members together to explore the value of land use planning and to co-create the planning process.

  • Mundessa Development Corporation (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Undertook an economic development training program and twenty five year strategic plan; Facilitated a business strategy for the Ta’an Kwach’an Council to purchase an existing tourism business

  • Musqueam First Nation (Vancouver, BC)

Facilitated a comprehensive community planning process

  • Natalie Oles

Provided training to conduct a feasibility study for a food operation

  • Northerm Windows

Conducted a human resource evaluation for a window manufacturing operation; developed a business investment kit for company expansion

  • Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (Port Hardy, Yukon)

Assisted in writing a regional economic opportunities study

  • Pelly Banks First Nation (Pelly Banks, Yukon)

Completed preliminary research and design for a traditional housing village

  • Penelakut Tribe (Penelakut Island, BC)

Facilitated a two phase process to complete a comprehensive community plan.

  • Rab Energy Ltd.

Negotiated a new shareholder’s agreement between twelve Yukon First Nations and a non-native partner for Northerm Windows

  • Ross River Dena Council (Ross River, Yukon)

Completed preliminary research and design for a sustainable housing subdivision plan; Facilitated a cultural delegation from the Yukon to northern Quebec to learn about the Cree’s cultural model of sustainability; Completed a participatory planning process to complete a community housing plan and policy for the Federal Government’s New Housing Initiative

  • Selkirk First Nation (Pelly Crossing, Yukon)

Completed a comprehensive strategic planning process and plan report for a self-governing community

  • Skookum Jim Friendship Centre (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Conducted a business feasibility study; prepared a regional report for the Federal Social Security Reform evaluation

  • St. Elias Gem & Mineral Ltd.

Prepared a business plan for a spin-casting manufacturing operation

  • Strategic Investments, Department of Indian Affairs & Northern Development

Designed and provided a 1.5 day First Nations Planning Workshop titled: “First Nations Community Economic Development Program (CEDP): Operational Planning & Reporting Workshop (2006)

  • Ta’an Kwāch’ān Council (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Facilitated a strategic plan review; completed a five-year capital planning process and report; facilitated a constitutional review; facilitated a strategic planning process and plan report for TKC Self-Government; assisted in the facilitation of a ten day project management workshop

  • Taku River Tlingit First Nation (Atlin, BC)

Completed a five year capital plan and participation model; Completed a feasibility study for an international tourism enterprise; completed a feasibility study to develop a commercial salmon fishery; prepared an operational/ business strategy for the Taku River fishery; conducted an evaluation of the Atlin Tlingit Development Corporation and the Taku River fish operation

  • Tl’azt’en Nation (Tache, BC)

In partnership with the UBC School of Medicine, assisted with planning facilitation and evaluation of implementing phase 2 of the Tache Learning Centre Learning Project for Community Health with the Tl’azt’en First Nation.

  • Tr’ondek Hwech’in

Raised $686,000 in three years for various community, economic, business and human resource development projects through various government programs: e.g. Business Development Fund, Community Development Fund, and various other sub-agreements of the Canada/YTG Economic Development Agreement

  • University of BC, School of Medicine (Vancouver, BC)

Assisted with the planning facilitation and evaluation of implementing phase 2 of the Tache Learning Centre Learning Project for Community Health with the Tl’azt’en First Nation

  • United Nations Development Program (Vietnam)

Co-designed and facilitated a five day strategic planning training session based on UN/EcoPlanís LED model

  • Yukon Education Development Centre (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Facilitated a strategic planning process and completed a report summary for a non-profit international education development organization

  • Yukon Housing Corporation (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Completed a Housing Proposal to Launch a Home Repair Program

  • Yukon Indian Development Corporation (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Delivered a strategic planning workshop and prepared a draft plan report with the Board of Directors; completed background research for a Yukon First Nations Territorial Economic Summit in March 1997; facilitated the purchase of a major tourism business for several Yukon First Nations

  • Yukon Land Use Planning Council (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Assembled a draft policy and procedures document for the Council

  • Yukon Territorial Government (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Prepared six case studies for a First Nation/Y.T.G economic development workshop