The Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) began pursuing economic development initiatives in 1979. In 2010, Economic Development was given the go ahead by Six Nation Elected Council to examine the creation of a Development Corporation for Six Nations. The primary driver to create a development corporation was to separate business from politics.
In March 2011, the Six Nations Elected Council signaled their willingness to enter into a new understanding of success in the world of economic development. This new understanding includes the acknowledgement and necessity for direct community participation in economic development and in particular, the potential establishment of a development corporation. The Economic Development department of the Six Nations Elected Council was given the authority to operate an “arm’s length” community engagement project, known as Tewawennaró:roks – “We Gather Our Voices.”
The Tewawennaró:roks – “We Gather Our Voices” project ran from May to October 2011 with a final report completed in December 2011.
After years of continued analysis, research and planning, Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) was launched in May 2015.