We’koqma’q is focused on building, sustaining and growing business opportunities. We are always open to new partnerships in support of our community and partner organizations. To discuss partnership opportunities, click here to contact CEO Reg Hurst
Current successful business relationships exist with the following partners:
Maritect Solutions, consisting of Maritect Investigations & Security Limited and AG Research Inc., is a full service security and IT network provider in Atlantic Canada. Maritech’s partnership has assisted We’koqma’qa in becoming major player in the security industry within Atlantic Canada through provision of a certified CPO International Training Program of uniform guards service. The guard service operates under the name of First Alliance Security. Through Maritect’s professional services of former retired Police officers, Maritect has provided a key component for We’koqma’q to obtain contracts with the Maritime Link Project in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Nova Scotia.
Maritect has also been consulting and working with the Band to provide improved Panasonic video security and alarm systems within the school, gaming facility and the new We’koqma’q One Stop.
TRA Atlantic, a retail driven wholesaler, supplies its customers from one of its six distribution centres throughout Atlantic Canada.
Our commitment to retail is genuine. TRA Atlantic believes that we can only be successful if our retailers are successful. TRA is the primary supplier to major gas channel retailers and various independent banners including the We’koqma’q One Stop.
In 2017, a partnership was established between the community and a local Tim Hortons franchisee. Community members provide a labour force skilled in customer service, and a desirable location to service commuters and visitors. Tim Hortons provides steady employment to community members and an incentive to stop in the community for those who may otherwise pass by.
“We’re happy to be a part of this community and have enjoyed a great working relationship from the time we first met at the band office in 2012. It has been rewarding to work closely with Reg Hurst, Chief Rod, the Band counsel, Band staff and the staff at the site. All along the way, we have enjoyed professional dialogue and mutual respect for each other.
Irving Oil is very pleased with the site’s performance and we look forward to growing our relationship and partnership with Wekoqma’q First Nation. Thank you for welcoming us to this community.”
Kevin Bouchey, Irving Oil
The First Nations Communities of Cape Breton Island and the Acadians have enjoyed a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation since their arrival to North America.
When first given access to shellfish and ground fish quotas in the late nineties, We’koqma’q did not at the time possess the skills and knowledge required to prosecute the different fisheries so we sought out a partner to assist us in integrating this new industry. The search led to Premium Seafoods in Arichat, a company that had been operating a successful fish business since 1984. Thus began a relationship that has evolved and strengthen both our community and the company over the years. The mentoring that Premium provided or facilitated enabled us to master the fishing trade so that today our people are able to fill all of the jobs on our fishing vessels including the position of captain.