When Clarence Louie, chief of B.C.'s Osoyoos Indian Band, travels across Canada to speak to business conferences or schools, he asks cab drivers their impressions of aboriginal people. They tell him Indians get handouts. That they live off the federal government and don't pay rent. They say that First Nations people are drunk, or lazy.
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Membertou has broken ground on the new 124 room, 6-story Membertou Hampton Inn hotel development. Membertou and Charlottetown business partner, D.P. Murphy Inc. expect that the $12.7 million dollar hotel will open in the fall of 2011.
The Membertou Hampton Inn, by Hilton is estimated to create more than 50 permanent jobs ranging from managers to housekeeping and sales staff. During construction, an additional 50 trades people will also be employed.
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Membertou today announced the promotion of member Richard Paul to Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Paul, will focus on external business and communicating operational objectives and long-term goals to the Membertou group of companies.
“Positioning a member of our community in a role that contributes, through business ventures, to the betterment of our community will secure the philosophies and values that our people represent,” says Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou.
The Membertou First Nation has entered into a joint-venture business partnership with GrupoGuascor of the Basque Country of Spain, to market renewable energy solutions in North America. GrupoGuascor is a global player in renewable energy technologies, specifically solar, wind, bio-energy equipment and applications. The North American partnership will market a full range of renewable energy technologies including equipment designed specifically for small rural communities and remote parts of the continent.
Membertou First Nation was invited to address the 3rd Annual Renewable Energy Conference at the Westin Nova Scotia Hotel in Halifax on June 3rd and 4th. Gerard MacAdam, Senior Business Development Officer, presented Membertou’s interest in the growing market of renewable energy at a keynote panel session entitled “Developing Stakeholder Partnerships” by introducing and welcoming the world to Membertou and announcing, “We are open for business” to the attendees who wish to forge new partnerships with Cape Breton businesses.