Allan Claxton has seen first-hand what infrastructure can do to improve communities.
Allan served his community of Tsawout as Chief for twenty years and as councillor for ten years and is currently serving on Council. He has worked to develop infrastructure projects such as a multipurpose health and recreation facility and dealt with many challenges for roads and access to lands.
In order to overcome challenges associated with developing infrastructure, Tsawout used tools from the First Nations Fiscal Management Act. With this experience in mind, Allan believes that more can be done to support Indigenous groups in closing the infrastructure gap which is why he has stepped forward to serve as FNII Development Board Chair.
Recorded live at the First Nations 'Leading the Way 5' conference in Treaty 1 Territory – Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 4-6, 2022.
In this episode, he shares personal stories with host Richard Perry.
Visit https://tsawout.ca/ for more information on Tsawout.
Visit https://fnii.ca for free resources from the First Nations Infrastructure Institute.