The annual Advanced Business Match (ABM) Indigenous Prairies event took place this week in Regina to provide economic development opportunities for Indigenous communities.

The event was put on by B.C.-based Indigenous company Raven Events and took place at the Delta Hotel from Monday to Wednesday.

Raven Events delegate and community engagement manager Kaycee Mitchell says when the event began there were 37 registered Indigenous communities and 65 registered exhibitors.

“The exhibitors are a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous owned companies,” Mitchell says. “Most of them have a specific goal to create partnerships with Indigenous communities around Saskatchewan.”

The event’s partners include the Saskatchewan government, Yorkton Tribal Council, the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, the Clarence Campeau Development Fund, the Ministry of Trade and Export Development, Economic Development Regina Inc. and FHQ Developments.

ABM was launched in 2012 as the Aboriginal Business Match.

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