June 30, 2021

Episode #47: The Brief: Unlocking the Modern Indigenous Economy with Chief Billy Morin of Enoch Cree Nation

In 2015, at aged 28, Chief Billy Morin became the youngest elected Chief in the history of Maskêkosihk (pronounced Muss-Kay-Go-Sik), or as you might know it, Enoch Cree Nation. After serving with the Government of Alberta for a few years, Chief Morin returned to serve the Enoch Cree community for the next six years and lead the Nation through an evolution, focusing on economic and business development.

Chief Morin is perhaps one of the most dynamic and innovative leaders in Alberta and brings his passion for business and entrepreneurship to every project:

  • He led a partnership investment with the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Paul First Nation, Whitefish Lake First Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation and O’Chiese First Nation to purchase an ownership stake in the major Cascade Power Plant project.
  • He has worked with the City of Edmonton to develop an urban reserve within the city.
  • He is the co-chair for the Edmonton Region Hydrogen Hub.

And this just scratches the surface.

This episode of The Brief is jam packed with stories, inspiration, and lessons of how we—both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people—can acknowledge the truth of our shared history and come together in “Reconcili-Action” to drive forward change and create a better future for all who call this place home.

In this episode:

  • Journey to becoming Chief of Enoch Cree Nation (and Grand Chief of Treaty 6)
  • Leadership priorities as Chief of Enoch Cree
  • Chief Morin’s passion for entrepreneurship and economic development
  • MOU between Enoch Cree Nation and the City of Edmonton
  • How the Cascade Power Plant investment came to be
  • Advice to leaders in working with Indigenous communities
  • Urban reserves—and why they’re important
  • Reflections on what Canadians can do to support reconciliation
  • How we might life better for all people in Alberta

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