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Economics is about how a community sustains itself.  It is also about what people do, how resources are used and what keeps the community going.  Both traditional and new economies are important contributors.


What do these rates mean?

The participation rate is the percentage of the population over fifteen that is employed or unemployed but looking for work.

The employment rate is the percentage of the population over fifteen that is working.

The unemployment rate is the percentage of people in the labour force who cannot find work.

Economic Leakage

Economic leakage refers to the amount of money that the community members spend outside of Cowessess First Nation. Understanding where local residents spend their money (particularly the money they spend off reserver) will help to determine what new products and services can be provided on reserve through creative economic development initiatives. Reducing economic leakage can lead to increased self sufficiency and can be an indicator of success for local businesses and services.

The primary items that members purchased outside of the community are:

Clothing, appliances, cars, groceries, hardware and building supplies, toys, gifts, alcohol, pharmaceuticals , entertainment, farm tools, machinery, and livestock.

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The Golf Course
The golf the last hole golf course boats 18 holes of fully irrigated
championship golf. The par 72, 6,558 yard course make use of the fantastic Qu'Appelle Valley scenery including the hilly terrain,
trees, bushes and the creek which meanders through the course and comes into play on 12 holes. The course also includes a modern clubhouse and pro shop.
The course was developed in conjunction with three other First Nation communities with the aim of developing tourism in the region.  Th other initiatives include cottages at Sakimay, a ski hill at Ochapowace and conference center at Kahkewistahaw (never built).  Crooked Lake Provincial Park is also nearby offering camp sites and hiking.


The Cowessess mini mall is located just off Highway 247 offering services to local community members as well as Qu'Appelle Valley vacationers, golfers and cottagers. In the peak of the summer. It employed up to 25 band members and provides a number of services.

The mall includes gas and grocery store, a postal outlet, laundromat, Treaty Land Entitlement and Lands office, the newly opened open coffee shop, Affinity Credit Union and Child and Family Services Office