Former Chief Honoured For Business Achievements

Monday, January 29, 2007 at 13:05



A long-time northern leader says he’s pleased by news he will soon be inducted into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.


Harry Cook and two others were named to the hall for their lifetime contributions.


Cook was born in Stanley Mission and trapped in his younger years before moving to Regina, where he became a tradesman.


He says it was there he learned how business worked and how business partnerships could help his band.


Cook made economic development a staple of the Lac La Ronge Indian band during his 18 years as chief, and advises others to do the same.


He says it’s important for bands not to solely rely on government funding, as that usually falls far short of what is needed.


Cook currently sits on Cameco’s board of directors, and assists the provincial government in the promotion of Aboriginal business.