Until first contact, business was not measured in dollars, but in dry fish and trade in surplus tools, clothing and art and "labor exchange". A barter economy thrived and in June 1808 (first contact), Simon Fraser observed many artifacts in our region like buffalo robes, beads and knives. In 1810, the Hudson Bay Company in Kamloops was recording its sales to indigenous people in sides of dry salmon. The Nlaka'pamux barter economy was overtaken by a wage and market system in time *but never actually disappeared). As such, Kanaka had to start working and doing business in dollars and cents.
Our ancestors warned though that we can't eat money. Therefore, we continue to grow food and to trade but we also fully appreciate that the wage/market wont go away either. Electricity is not free and neither is gas, wifi and walmart. Last we heard, BC hydro was not taking wind and sun dried tomatoes in lie of dollars.
Thus, Kanaka is incrementally money through business deals, selling products and services and making strategic investments. We are also managing a 7th Generation Fund so that in case there are hard times and government transfer dollars decline or end, our children and grandchildren will have a contingency fund to call on.