The World Indigenous Business Network (WIBN) has been established to promote, develop and connect Indigenous business and entrepreneurship globally while respecting Indigenous culture. i2i currently has two representatives in the WIBN and view the network as critically important in demonstrating global Indigenous unity and facilitating economic development.
The WIBN was established after a “Protocol for Indigenous Economic Development” was signed at the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) in Guatemala City in October 2014, with i2i represented as a founding signatory. The WIBF is an important annual forum, held annually in a different region in the world. In 2016, it was held in Saskatoon, Canada, and the 2017 event is being held in Santiago, Chile.
The WIBN is currently represented by Guatemala, Chile, Canada, Australia, United States, New Zealand and Namibia. It is expected that membership will grow over the coming years and the group will aggressively pursue economic development and trade opportunities for Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs.