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Chief Harry Cook of the Lac La Ronge Band was named Indian Businessman of the Year at a banquet co-hosted by the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation and the Saskatchewan Indian Agriculture Program on September 28.
Chief Cook is a director of the Kitsaki Development Corporation (KDC), the corporate arm of the Lac La Ronge Band.
The KDC is a holding company that has interest or full ownership in a wide range of companies. Some of the businesses include: the Northern Resource Trucking Company, Keethanow Bingo North, La Ronge Wild Rice Corporation, Northland Processors, First Nations Insurance, the La Ronge Band Marina, and the Hall Lake Store.
In presenting the award, FSIN chief Roland Crowe commended Chief Cook on his hard work and complimented him for the success of the KDC.
KDC has recieved three awards this year including: the "Award for Business Excellence" (ABEX) from the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce for Northern Resource Trucking; the "Indian Business of the Year" award from the Saskatchewan Business Magazine for overall business success; and the "Ivan Ahenakew Award" from the Inter-Provincial Association on Native Employment for native employment creation.