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In 1996, following the announcement of the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) of a pilot project to create a

network of ten communities, a real willingness emerged for the establishment of an organization dedicated to

supporting First Nations economic development representatives and officers in Quebec and Labrador.

On December 9, 1999, delegates and officials of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, representatives of

economic development organizations and government, and numerous observers founded an organization to bring

together community economic development organizations (CEDOs) and representatives of economic development.

In 2000, when the FNQLEDC first went into operation, the Assembly of Chiefs approved by way of resolution that the

FNQLEDC would be accountable to the Chiefs in assembly through the establishment of a close link with the

Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL).

About Us

History and Evolution

About Us

Recognized as a major leader in First Nations socioeconomic development, the FNQLEDC has distinguished itself

through the quality and the added value of its achievement and the support it provides to First Nations, as well as

through its capacity to unite and mobilize all stakeholders for the achievement of common objectives. Thanks to its

outreach work, the FNQLEDC continues to improve the entrepreneurial capacities of the First Nations, while helping

them to reach greater economic independence and diversity.


In conjunction with all stakeholders in the sector and inspired by respect for the culture and local autonomy of the

communities, the FNQLEDC’s mission is to represent, promote, support and defend the interest of the First Nations of

Quebec and Labrador in the area of socioeconomic development and thus contribute to their well-being and success.



Political Structure

SAFNQL: Secretariat of Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador

FNQLEDC: First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission FNQLSDI: First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute

FNQLHSSC: First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Heatlh and Social Services Commission FNEC: First Nations Education Council

FNHRDCQ: First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec FNQBN: First Nations of Quebec Business Network


Administrative Structure


Board of Directors



Information: gathering and distribution,

Training: promote skills development,

Supporting members: technical support and coordination,

Representation: representing CEDO and Networking,

Research and development: specific mandates, tool and mechanisms development.


Our Team


Emmanuel Bertrand-GauvinWomen Entrepreneurship Advisor

Myriam VallièresYouth Entrepreneurship Advisor

Karine AwashishSocial Economy Advisor

Annick TremblaySocial Economy Officer

Fredérick MartelEntrepreneurship Technical Advisor

Steve LaveauEconomic Development Advisor

Mickel RobertsonDirector General

Jinny Thibodeau RankinDirector Finances and Administration

Lorraine RhéaumeSecretary


Marie-Christine TremblayCommunications and Public Relations Advisor

Véronique ÉdéCommunications Officer



Services toCommunity Economic Development Officers

Economic Development

ConsultingFirst-line consulting services for CEDOs

Social EconomyPromote social economy and technical

support for collective entrepreneurs

Youth EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurial awareness and

accompaniment for young


Women EntrepreneurshipPromote entrepreneurship and

accompaniment for women


Aboriginal TaxationFront line consultation and support in

the area of Aboriginal taxation

Technical SupportFront line technical services for CEDOs

Economic Development

ConsultingConsulting services for entrepreneurs

First Nations Quebec Business

NetworkThe only business network for First Nations

entrepreneurs in Quebec and Labrador

Social EconomyTechnical support for collective


Youth EntrepreneurshipAccompaniment for young

entrepreneurs between the ages of 15

and 35

Women EntrepreneurshipAccompaniment for women


Aboriginal TaxationFirst line consultation and support for

Aboriginal taxation


Services and Support toEntrepreneurs

Technical SupportFirst-line technical services for


Our Achievements and InterventionsOver the Last Year


More than 15 different communities visited

12 entrepreneurship workshops across the province

More than 180 participants in our training activities

More than 130 women entrepreneurship files


Involvement in 3 entrepreneurship bootcamps

More than 30 youth entrepreneurs assisted

2 major Social Economy projects completed

16 new entrepreneurs through our technical

buisness activities


Events and Training Organized by FNQLEDC


Conference Day on the Transfer, Purchase or Sale

of a BusinessSeptember 18, 2019 | Wendake

Conference Day on Aboriginal TourismApril 17, 2019 | Wendake

Conference dinner on First Nations taxationFebruary 27, 2019 | Mashteuiatsh

The Web Serving Entrepreneurs Conference DayFebruary 15, 2018 | Québec


Market Study and Marketing PlanMarch 27 and 28, 2019 | Montreal

The Business Plan: Tools and Procedure February 5, 6 and 7, 2019 | Mistissini

Business NetworkingFebruary 28 and March 1st, 2018 | Montreal

Touristic MarketingSeptember 20 and 21, 2017 | Montreal

Let’s Nagivate in Our Website…

To discover our Toolbox and consult helpful tools created by the FNQLEDC,

To easily Find Local Resources to support economic development projects,

To discover the Aboriginal Business Directory and find contacts

for First Nations of Quebec and Labrador entrepreneurs