Our people have been the “caretakers” of the land since time immemorial.
Historically, our resources have always sustained us and been critical to our survival. We used our resources for food, bartering and trading for survival. Also, the lands and resources have always taken care of our social well-being as a people. Our lands are used for food, trading, hunting and plants for traditional medicines and teas. The water is used for spiritual baths, fishing for food, social and ceremonial purposes. We also sell fish to enhance our economic sustainability. As a People, we respect the land and resources by giving back, keeping it clean and looking after our homes. We conserve our resources by not taking more than what we need. We must not be greedy. The vision is to still have our resources for our grandchildren for many generations.
Economic Development & Land Resources is not a Band or INAC program-driven department and/or service at this current time. In January 2013, the Chief and Council sought entry into the Land Advisory Board by delivering a self-assessment tool questionnaire to the FNLMB. Cheam also has signed BCR 1112 towards entry into the framework agreement with the Lands Advisory Board for land code and land management.
It is a council-driven department with high priority initiatives to the Cheam First Nation and one of the cornerstones of safeguarding our independence and enhancing our opportunities as a nation. We are currently following the milestones that are necessary for seeing this become a reality; however, this undertaking is still in the planning stage and in its infancy.
Cheam Enterprises Inc. (CEI) is the operating company for CFN Holdings LP – the wholly-owned economic development corporation of Cheam First Nation. CEI has a mandate from the community to increase revenues and employment opportunities for the membership. The company has numerous partnerships place, across a variety of industry sectors, exploring sustainable growth and development opportunities in the traditional territory of the Cheam First Nation.
Learn more about CEI and the work it does at www.cheamenterprises.ca.