Cheam Enterprises Inc. (CEI) is working to build a sustainable economic foundation for Cheam First Nation and its community members. CEI is building long-term partnerships and relationships with First Nation and Non-First Nation businesses alike to create lasting opportunities for the Cheam community, its members and surrounding communities. CEI and its business partners are focused on working to connect and create with businesses operating within our traditional territory. CEI has a wide range of business partners with the capabilities to assist in completing project-related work.
In addition, it is our belief that a solid economic foundation revolves around Cheam community-owned and driven businesses. Below are a few of the key areas in which CEI has prioritized for future community projects.
CEI and Cheam leadership are currently working to analyze and create a strategic plan for future Cheam Reserve development.
CEI is working to develop opportunities associated with the budding Medical Cannabis industry.
Aboriginal tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in British Columbia's tourism industry, with total revenue increasing by $32 million over the past 9 years. Cheam is located in the Fraser Valley, along the beautiful Fraser River, at the foot of Mount Cheam. This beautiful location provides Cheam with the opportunity to establish and grow community-owned tourism-based businesses and add to the already thriving local tourism industry in the Fraser Valley.
Potential for Cheam Fishing Village and Campground Expansion
Cascade Skyline Gondola
Ferry Island Provincial Park Management & Development
Forestry - Cheam has existing interests in the local forest industry however concerns around environmental sustainability and cultural resources have led CEI to evaluate a better path forward and a mandate to work towards negotiating a First Nations Woodlands License. A First Nations Woodlands License offers a longer-term for licensing and is replaceable every 10 years. It is area-based as opposed to volume-based with replaceable volume. The license allows for expanded stewardship responsibilities and management plans to manage volumes and allowable annual cut settings while also utilizing the management of cultural heritage resources to make informed decisions within the tenure area.