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Dunne-za Ventures LP and West Moberly First Nations Wins the 2008 Aboriginal Business Award
From the Tumbler Ridge News - Wednesday February 04, 2009
The creativity and efforts of our Northern individuals and organizations were celebrated at the Northern British Columbia Business and Technology Awards on January 22 in Prince George. The awards recognized nominees for their key role in implementing technology and innovation to improve themselves and the communities in which they live. Awards were presented in 13 categories with winners being chosen from the 49 nominees. The recipients were deemed to be a role model for other entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations and had to have demonstrated leadership in their field.
Pictured: from left to right: William Nurnberger, President of Dunne-za Ventures LP, Lori Ackerman, Executive Director of Sci Tech North, and Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations
West Moberly First Nations/Dunne-za Ventures Received The 2009 Aboriginal Business Award. This award is presented to a First Nations or Metis community, business, organization or individual that has developed, created or implemented innovative technology solutions to enhance a First Nations community or business.
West Moberly First Nations (WMFN) approached the expanding resource industry development within their traditional territory by devising a business strategy that supports an unwavering and exceptional commitment to their mandate: “to protect and manage the land and environment for economic and cultural uses for our future generations”. They incorporate protection of treaty and aboriginal rights, and actively seek green industry solutions while working toward their long term goal of realizing economic self-sufficiency.
West Moberly First Nations through their wholly-owned, economic development management company Dunne-za Ventures, is initiating use of a new type of terrain protection – a customized, inter-connective composite matting system. WMFN/Dunne-za has several hundred creek crossings to do on their seismic line projects so these light weight, buoyant mats will facilitate those and protect the fragile stream edge environments in the process. Their minimal weight reduces transportation costs and makes them easy to handle; and they are non-absorbent with an easy-to clean surface that eliminates vegetative and chemical site cross contamination.
WMFN is striving to become a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. In pursuit of this goal they are involved in a program through the BC Sustainable Energy Association working in partnership with the City of Dawson Creek to implement solar energy initiatives that reflect their conservation commitment and promote the use of clean energy. The program has four main components: training; knowledge sharing; public outreach; and installation planning. The Solar Communities project will provide training opportunities for WMFN in solar hot water installation, maintenance and inspection.
Dunne-za Ventures, in an effort to stabilize and support the community economy, works strategically with individual band member companies and community based companies to help maintain their businesses. Through their actions WMFN verifies their dedication to the health and sustainability of their community.
October 4, 2008: Dunne-za Ventures LP wins the Innovation at Work Award for implementing environmental standards beyond the accepted industry requirements in an unwavering and exceptional commitment to their mandate, "To protect and manage the land & environment for economic and cultural uses for future generations".
Right: William Nurnberger, President of Dunne-za Ventures LP accepts Sci-Tech North's Innovation at Work award
DUNNE-ZA PARTNERS IN NEASAP PROJECT
FORT ST. JOHN, BRITISH COLUMBIA, May 21, 2008
Speaking at the North East Native Advancing Society's (NENAS) office in Fort St. John, Mr. Jay Hill, MP announced that the Government of Canada will contribute over $2.3 million to the North East Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (NEASEP) project managed by NENAS. In addition, NENAS will be partnering with industry leaders such as Dunne-za Ventures LP, and EnCana Corporation to help deliver the project.The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership is a nationally managed program that provides Aboriginal people with the skills they need to participate in economic opportunities such as northern mining, oil and gas, and forestry projects across Canada. ASEP's overall objective is sustainable employment for Aboriginal people in major economic industries, leading to lasting benefits for Aboriginal communities, families and individuals. "Being First Nations owned and a fully integrated service provider, Dunne-za Ventures LP requires a steady stream of skilled personnel," said Mr. William Nurnberger, President of Dunne-za Ventures LP. "This project will allow us to train and employ additional Aboriginal people, help meet our labour needs and ensure the continued advancement of our company, our community, and Canada."The funding is expected to provide Aboriginal participants with the skills development, support and training that they need to strengthen links to employment opportunities.
Oil & Gas
• Right of Way Clearing •
• Reclamation •
• First Aid Services •
• Certified Handcutters • Mechanical (Mulchers, Crawler Tractors, etc.) • Surveying •
• Medical (Incl. HETS) • Orienteering • QST and QC • SFOS Trained Supervisors •
• Clearing • Road Construction •
• Bridge Design • Project Management •
• Logging • Trucking • Road Building •
Accessing and Managing Economic Development Opportunities for West Moberly First Nations
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