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World Indigenous Business Forum

The World Indigenous Business Forum is a platform that engages Indigenous people in global economic discussions. There are four main sectors that focus on Global Indigenous Economic issues; Community, Industry, Academic and Government. Leaders in these sectors are sought out to share their knowledge with delegates.


In 2009, the “Nation to Nation Forum” was hosted by the Yavapai Nation in Arizona; it involved Indigenous people from Canada and United States. It was determined at this forum that Indigenous people are not several nations, but One Nation. Later that year “One Nation” a forum focused on unity and empowerment to the world’s Indigenous people and communities, was hosted in Vancouver, BC and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Subsequently, after these Forums, a delegation from the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc. attended the World Business Form in New York City. After this event the vision for the “World Indigenous Business Forum” was created, it was to become a world class business forum for Indigenous people, a place to share our stories with one another, connect with each other and most important to inspire everyone. It is vital to grow each of our unique cultures, to preserve our languages, provide a healthy future for our children and give the best quality of life for our families today.

Since the inaugural World Indigenous Business Forum’s held in 2010 and 2011 in New York City, USA. WIBF has been hosted in Sydney, Australia 2012, Windhoek, Africa 2013; Guatemala City 2014; Oahu, Hawaii 2015; Saskatoon, Canada 2016. This 2017 will be held in Santiago de Chile (October 24-26, 2017), and WIBF 2018 will be in New Zealand. Each year the forum is getting bigger and exciting with more dynamic speakers being added to our program on a regular basis.

There are over 300 million Indigenous people on the planet; it is our goal to have an economic impact on a percentage of them. It is our belief to follow Seven Generation Thinking which provides sustainable prosperity for our children and their children seven generations on.

Would you like to host a future World Indigenous Business Forum?

In partnership with and at the request of Indigenous leaders of Canada, The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. launched the first ever World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF), which was held in New York City in 2010. That inaugural WIBF featured Keynote Speaker, Canadian Director and Film Producer – James Cameron and was well attended by leaders from across the globe. The WIBF 2010 created demand for subsequent gatherings.

The second WIBF event was well attended, and interest in building capacity and expanding economic opportunities continued to grow. A group of Indigenous leaders and youth in attendance envisioned the value of the event and initiated a partnership with ILDII to co-host WIBF 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Representatives from Namibia in attendance secured the event and WIBF 2013 was in held in Windhoek, Namibia, in October 2013.

After having a successful World Indigenous Business Forum Guatemala 2014 WIBF, is now in its planning stages with commitments from representative partners in Hawaii for October 2015 in Honolulu. The event continues to gain momentum and value for the ongoing development of greater capacity and economic development with Indigenous leaders from around the world.

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