Building business partnerships in Nova Scotia
The community of Membertou, named after the Grand Chief Membertou (1510-1611), belongs to the greater tribal group of the Mi’kmaw Nation. Membertou is situated 3 kms from the heart of the city of Sydney, Nova Scotia, within its tribal district of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). Membertou is one of five Mi’kmaw communities in Cape Breton, and one of thirteen in the Province of Nova Scotia. Membertou has over 1050 in its community, and is one of 5 communities that make up the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, with a total population of over 115 thousand people.
The community considers itself to be an urban First Nation, and is focused on creating business and corporate opportunities with the surrounding regions. The Membertou Corporate Division is “committed to creating and enhancing business relationships between the Membertou First Nation and the Canadian and international business community,” says their website.  
The Membertou corporate strategy is built on a foundation of “integrity and fairness, and a dedication to maximizing financial benefits for its partners and the Membertou Community.” The division was opened ten years ago at Purdy’s Wharf in downtown Halifax. The community wanted to play a bigger role in the business world, endeavouring to be more self-sufficient and trying to lower dependence on federal subsidization. 
In 2002, the corporate division was able to open a second corporate office locally. That office is now located in the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. It was that same year that Membertou received official notification of its International Organization of Standards (ISO) status—which meant that Membertou was the first Aboriginal government nationally and internationally to be ISO 9001:2000 certified—an accomplishment that cannot be underestimated in the business world. “Membertou has established itself as a credible organization in the business world with its ISO certification,” the organization says. 
In terms of job development, Membertou has a long-term strategic approach: “Potential business partners are reminded that Membertou emphasizes wealth creation over job creation in its business development efforts to ensure that those jobs that are created are sustainable over the long term,” it says. 
”Sustainability, conservation, innovation and success are Membertou’s pillars for achievement. Membertou is interested in businesses that incorporate these fundamentals into their daily business practices.”
It is with this strategy in mind that Membertou Corporate Division is committed to developing joint ventures that can “maximize required capital investment and expertise thereby increasing the velocity of business development.”
To find out about Membertou prides itself in managing the business development process to a successful conclusion. To find out more about business partnerships with Membertou, call (902) 429-5445 or visit