SCEDC (Southern Chiefs’ Economic Development Corporation), was launched in 2018 with the long-term purpose to help enhance and strengthen the economic base of the 34 First Nations who make up the membership of SCO (Southern Chiefs’ Organization)*
The rebranding of SCEDC in 2021 reflects a new vigour while maintaining the long-term purpose of the corporation and its core values of Honesty, Respect and Humility.
“SCEDC represents an opportunity for us to participate as full equal partners in private enterprise across Manitoba. It is an opportunity to help move from poverty to prosperity. My message is clear, the south is open for business. The creation of SCEDC is the first step to taking back economic sovereignty for our people.” – Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, Chair of the Board
The Eagle, or “Migizi” in Anishinaabe and “Wambdi” in Dakota, is considered the messenger to the Creator, or the Messenger between the humans and the Creator. The Eagle was chosen as the Logo for SCEDC to reflect the importance of a strong economy as a messenger of hope and prosperity.
The philosophy behind SCEDC is that we are Better Together! Meaning that we value all elements of good Business and fair Partnerships, while sharing and implementing our core values in all aspects of what we do. Together we can help build a stronger economy, thus putting SCEDC in a better position to help improve the economic and social wellbeing of our First Nations and in fact all Manitobans.
- Currently Indigenous Businesses, Communities & People in Manitoba contribute more than $9.3 Billion annually to the Manitoba economy. Please see the report “Indigenous Contributions to the Manitoba Economy (January 2019), at:
*Founded in 1999, the Southern Chiefs' Organization, SCO, represents 34 First Nation communities in southern Manitoba. SCO strives to protect, preserve, promote and enhance the First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process. More about SCO on their website.