Economic and Community Development

The Nisga'a Nation is renowned for the quality of its leadership. For 113 years, our leaders focused on the goal of regaining self-governance without losing faith or compromising their integrity or goals. Now that success has been achieved, Nisga'a leaders are building the institutions of a self-governing First Nation. These modern institutions support healthy communities and sustainable economic development.

Long ago, the Ayuukhl Nisga'a defined a fundamental goal in the creation of wealth:

"Creating wealth-the capability and resources-guides our decision about the appropriate course of action. This will help us achieve the freedom to stand on our own."

Then, in 1987, the United Nation's Brundtland Commission popularized the term "sustainable development," which it identified as:

"Development that meets the needs of the present with out compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Today, these complementary principles guide Nisga'a government's vision for economic development, sustainability, and self-sufficiency.