Upcoming Events 

There’s always something happening at Cando! Check back often as we continually update our community with current events. Do you have any news or events you would like us to share? If you have any questions, or would like us to share your news and/or upcoming event, please email them to Paul Macedo.




2020 Cando Conference
Oct. 20-21, 2020 & Oct. 27-28, 2020

Accredited Training towards TAED Certification
(October 26th) *extra cost applies*

ACED 220 - First Nations Law and Community Economic Development
(Competency 1 - Aboriginal Law & Policies)

**Due to health and safety concerns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Cando National Conference and AGM will be adapted into a virtual conference format.

This change will enable conference delegates to experience a tremendous opportunity to learn, enhance their skills and network with their peers while still ensuring their health and safety.

We hope our corporate partners recognize the need for this event and are willing to continue to suppoort Cando, through sponsorship, to deliver it virtually.

Proposed Conference Overview

Cando’s 27th Annual National Conference & AGM, will be held virtually. The continued support from Conference stakeholders provides Cando with the opportunity to host a quality virtual event by delivering tools, resources, training and network opportunities
for Economic Development Officers, members, stakeholders, and friends.

The 2020 virtual Conference will continue to include two showcase panels: The National Youth Panel and the Women in Business Panel. In addition there will with an Agriculture/Agrifoods Panel and a Government Procurement Panel plus a variety of
topical workshops and presentations to empower EDOs and Lands Managers.
This year’s virtual conference promises to again provide delegates with valuable information on working in the field of Indigenous community economic development, as well as to incorporate a unique cultural perspective that is not often seen in pan-Indigenous gatherings. The conference features the following:

Conference Agenda

Conference Pricing


Additional Conference information here!


Links to Learning

L2L Webinar Series Banner

The L2L Webinar Series launches October 2020!

Successful land management and economic development initiatives are key to building healthy, thriving Indigenous communities. Links to Learning (L2L) is developing a virtual training series that provides a wide range of learning opportunities for Economic Development Officers (EDOs) and Lands Management Officers (LMOs).

Building on its established model from many years of hosting and refining the physical Links to Learning forums held in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba since 2013, Cando has created the L2L Webinar Series to continue the work of building capacity for EDOs and the Indigenous communities they serve.

The goal of Links to Learning has always been to deliver a dynamic technical training forum for EDOs and LMOs to enhance their ability to undertake successful lands and economic development ventures for Indigenous communities. The L2L Webinar Series will focus on knowledge sharing and skills enhancement among practitioners at the community level. Please see list of topics and subject matter to be delivered during the L2L Webinar Series.

The L2L Webinar Series will include weekly scheduled delivery of virtual workshops, presentations and panels led by experts in a range of Indigenous economic and land development related disciplines unique to the region. Each of the four (4) streams will be customized to address issues and learning relevant to the region.

In addition, the L2L Webinar Series will deliver two Accredited Training courses that can be used to earn course credits towards Cando’s TAED Certification or PAED re-Certification.

Check it out current courses being offered here.

Plus there will be opportunities for dialogue and networking. 

Download L2L Webinar Series Poster


  • Entrepreneurship Resources and Funding Sources

  • Good Governance

  • Disaster Readiness & Recovery

  • Virtual Business Development

  • Tourism

  • Lands Management

  • Agriculture and Agri Foods

  • Aquaculture

  • Natural Resources Development Opportunities

  • Clean Energy

  • Climate Change

  • Finance – Capital Acquisition

  • Export Development 

  • Government Procurement (dedicated content stream)


The L2L Webinar Series launches October 2020!

The L2L Webinar Series Days and Times!

L2L - BC Webinar Series  

BC Links to Learning 
1:00pm PT; 2:00pm MT; 3:00pm CT; 4:00pm ET

MC: Michelle Nieviadomy
Co-MC: Keith Matthew

L2L - AB Webinar Series  

Alberta Links to Learning
9:00am PT; 10:00am MT; 11:00am CT; 12:00pm ET

MC: Michelle Nieviadomy
Co-MC: Shawna Morning-Bull

L2L - SK Webinar Series  

Saskatchewan Links to Learning
1:00pm PT; 2:00pm MT; 3:00pm CT; 4:00pm ET

MC: Aubrey-Anne Pewapisconias-Laliberte

L2L - MB Webinar Series  

Manitoba Links to Learning
8:00am PT; 9:00am MT; 10:00 CT; 11:00am ET

MC: Michelle Nieviadomy
Co-MC: Tim Daniels



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The Indigenous Business Survey

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact economies, up-to-date information and data are critical to fully understand the extent of the disruption to Indigenous businesses.

The Indigenous Business COVID-19 Response Taskforce is conducting The Indigenous Business Survey to gather information to help advise the Government of Canada on policy decisions that directly impact Indigenous businesses.

Your participation is crucial. We know that you are asked to complete a lot of surveys and they are time-consuming. However, the Indigenous Business Survey is uniquely targeted, and its results could have a major impact on how government moves forward on new policies affecting your business.

Your participation remains anonymous and your organization is not identified unless you indicate that you are willing to provide goods or services to Canada's medical supply chain. We would then share only your name and company contact information with the appropriate department.

Please click the following link to complete the survey
Questions about the survey? 
Please contact research@ccab.com
Nakurmik, marsee, wela'lin, miigwetch, thank you for your participation.   





Past Events - 2019



BC Links to Learning

December 3 & 4, 2019

Successful land management and economic development initiatives are key to building healthy, thriving First Nations communities. Links to Learning is an annual technical training forum which provide a range of learning opportunities for First Nations Economic Development Officers and Lands Management Officers.

Links to Learning 2019 is a partnership between Cando, the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association and Indigenous Services Canada.

Westin Bayshore,
Vancouver, BC

November 26-28, 2019

3rd Annual National Indigenous Cannabis & Hemp Conference

Interest in Cannabis and Hemp continues to raise much debate amongst Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast. Our National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference, which began early last year, was designed to assist Nations and Communities dealing with the opportunities cannabis and hemp can present.

Grand Okanagan Resort
Kelowna, BC


November 12-14, 2019

International Indigenous Tourism Conference

This year’s conference theme is “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.”
Presentations will be focused on inspiring communities and entrepreneurs to explore tourism as an economic driver. Transform, focuses on the impacts of Indigenous tourism on visitors and Indigenous operators alike. Unite speaks to the power of partnerships and coming together to empower the Indigenous tourism industry.

Grand Okanagan Resort
Kelowna, BC


26th Annual Cando National Conference

October 27-30, 2019



Hilton Lac-Leamy
Gatineau, QC

More information is here!

Atlantic Links to Learning Symposium

September 24-26, 2019

Cando is pleased to deliver its second Atlantic Links to Learning Symposium! The event focuses on knowledge sharing and skills enhancement among practitioners at the community level. This forum delivers a series of workshops, led by experts in a range of economic and land development related disciplines, and offer opportunities for dialogue and networking.

The 2019 Atlantic Links will be held in conjunction with Inclusion Works ‘19. Combining the two events will enable greater sharing of knowledge, learning and provide enhanced networking opportunities for delegates of both events.

More information here!

Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton
225 Woodstock Rd,
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 2H8


2nd Annual Economic Development Youth Summit

July 21-24, 2019

Youth from accross Canada 18-30 years-old were eligible.

River Cree Resort
Enoch, AB


Yukon Links to Learning Symposium

June 17-19, 2019


Host: Däna Näye Ventures

More information at www.yukonlinkstolearning.com!

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
Whitehorse, YK

Helping Indigenous Companies Sell Goods and Services to the Government of Canada

Webinar - May 14 10:30am PDT/1:30pm EDT

Are you an Economic Development Officer or a community leader interested in assisting Indigenous companies selling goods or services to the Government of Canada?

Join the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Services and Procurement Canada in partnership with CANDO on May 14 at 10:30 PDT for a national webinar designed to provide key information and strategies to support companies and community based organizations that want to sell goods and services to the Government of Canada.

The 60 min session will include:

  • Tips that can help EDOs support companies wanting to sell goods and services to government
  • Resources that EDOs and companies can use to find government opportunities and support
  • Contact information for people that are available to assist EDOs working with companies
  • Information on the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Businesses (PSAB)
  • An additional 30 mins for questions if required

Date / Time: May 14 10:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time