About the project: Closing the opportunity gap between Indigenous people and the non-Indigenous population is not only a moral imperative, it’s also critical from an economic perspective. The National Indigenous Economic Development Board has found that keeping Indigenous Canadians out of the economy by under-investing in education, infrastructure and other services is costing Canada billions of dollars each year. Canada’s GDP could increase by $27.7 billion annually if the barriers preventing Indigenous Canadians from participating in the economy were removed. This project involved Inuit, Métis and First Nations people in helping translate the impetus for economic reconciliation into actionable policy recommendations to break down barriers and open greater economic opportunity.

Methodology: PPF and partners co-hosted a series of three conferences with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. The First Nations conference was in Ottawa in January 2017. The Métis conference was in Winnipeg in November 2017. The Inuit conference was in Ottawa in November 2018. The events brought together community leaders, Indigenous business leaders, academics, policymakers and young people. The convening was meant to stimulate dialogue about how inclusive economic growth is part of reconciliation and result in policy recommendations. The themes and recommendations from the three conferences will be considered by NIEDB.

Timeline: January 2017 to June 2019

Partners: National Indigenous Economic Development Board; National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association; Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

Contact: Jane Hooker