Glooscap First Nation
First Nation created in the mid-80's in running for national community of the year
Nova Scotia's Glooscap First Nation has grown economically in recent years under the leadership of Chief Sidney Peters.
By Sam Laskaris
Nova Scotia’s Glooscap First Nation has made some giant strides in recent years. “For such a young community, we have come a long way,” said Chief Sidney Peters, who has held his position since 2012. The Glooscap First Nation, which was only established in 1986, has undergone tremendous growth under Peters’ leadership. In fact, various successful ventures have resulted in the First Nation earning a nomination for Cando’s community of the year.
Cando, the national Indigenous organization that promotes economic development, will also be recognizing recipients in Aboriginal Private Sector Business and individual economic development officer categories. Winners will be honoured at the Cando Conference, set for late October in Fredericton, N.B.
Peters believes having a progressive council and a qualified and dedicated staff has resulted in recent growth on his First Nation, which has 375 members.
“We are also lucky that we have very positive relationships with all levels of government, municipal, provincial and federal,” he said. “While we don’t always agree on government policies and how they operate, we work to develop positive, honest and long-term relationships with government and their staff.”
A boost to the First Nation came in 2014 with the creation of Glooscap Ventures, the First Nation’s economic arm which oversees all of the community’s businesses. Recent expansion on the First Nation includes a highway commercial development named Glooscap Landing.
The first phase of this project, which is now open, features a gas bar and coffee shop. The project will also eventually include a bistro offering First Nation themed food, a bakery and a liquor store. Peters said creating Glooscap Ventures has also resulted in growth with existing businesses.
“They have also worked to expand our commercial fisheries through increased access to the lobster fishery along with a new state of the art vessel,” he said.
And the Glooscap First Nation is not resting on its laurels. Shortly after Glooscap Ventures was created, officials from the First Nation established a five-year action plan and a 10-year strategic plan in the hopes of growing further.