Cando recognizes Indigenous youth are one of the greatest assets Indigenous communities have today. Over the past couple of decades, demographics have shifted dramatically resulting in an impressively large Indigenous youth population in Canada. As Indigenous economies are poised to grow, it is critical to invest in our young people because these are the leaders who will be taking the helm of our future.

Cando Youth Connect is a platform to empower Indigenous Youth (18-35)and allies across Turtle Island to participate virtually to discuss topics such as Economic Development, Lands Management and Entrepreneurship. More here.


In addition to providing scholarships and hosting the prestigious National Youth Panel, Cando is committed to providing capacity building opportunities for young people that will not only attract them to the field of Indigenous Economic Development but will provide them with skills to prepare them for success.

The fourth annual Economic Development Youth Summit will be held virtually August 9-13, 2021. The Economic Development Youth Summit is designed for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous Youth from across Canada within the age group of 18-30 years old. The Summit will promote the field of Community Economic Development and the role of the Economic Development Officer to youth.

2021 NIEEF Scholarship Recipients

Recipients announced fall 2021...

Katherine Rempel

Katherine Rempel
Métis in Winnipeg
Masters of Development Program in Indigenous Studies
University of Winnipeg

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Delilah MahDelilah Mah
Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan
Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development
Cape Breton University

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Kelly FiddlerKelly Fiddler
Waterhen Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan
Masters in Business Administration
Cape Breton University

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Nathan CrowNathan Crow
Kainai Nation in Alberta
Indigenous Governance and Business Management
University of Lethbridge.
This Award generously supported by Plains Midstream

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2020 NIEEF Scholarship Recipients

Recipients were announced at 2020 Cando Conference

Tasha BrooksTasha Brooks
Cowichan Tribes in British Columbia
Doctorate of Business Administration,
Royal Roads University in Victoria

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Michelle Francis-DennyMichelle Francis Denny
Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia

Master's of Business Administration,
Simon Fraser University

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Jana SasakamooseJana Sasakamoose
Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan
Business Administration,
First Nations University of Canada

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Chase SoosayChase Soosay

Samson Cree Nation in Alberta
MacEwan University, Edmonton

This Award generously supported by Plains Midstream

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Video Highlights from the 2018 National Youth Panel