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The Business of LandBack: Cultural and Economic Revitalization

Duncan Kennedy July 13, 2022

The Land Back movement to return land to Indigenous communities has gained tremendous momentum across North America. Beyond a real-estate exchange, Indigenous communities are developing innovative, land-based business models for cultural and economic revitalization in these traditional territories. One of many, ventures such as Nawalakw, an eco-tourism destination in the Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw Territory of the Great Bear Rainforest grew to 100 employees in less than 3 years. From eco-tourism, to sustainable agriculture to healing resorts, this fireside chat will dive into powerful examples of how the Land Back movement can serve as the foundation for a new era of more equitable and regenerative economic activity. 


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion

  • Justice


Native sovereignty, land stewardship, cultural revitalization

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Participants will understand the economic opportunity and cultural significance of returning to one's ancestral territory. In addition, participants will be informed of land-based business models that can advance Native American economic prosperity and regenerative land stewardship.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Government

  • Artists & Culture-makers


  • NameK’odi Nelson (Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw)
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationNawalakw Healing Society
  • StatusInvited
  • NameNick Tilsen
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationNDN Collective
  • StatusInvited
  • NameAlana Peterson
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationSpruce Root CDFI
  • StatusInvited
  • NameDuncan Kennedy
  • TitleManaging Director
  • OrganizationIndigenext
  • StatusConfirmed
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