There are many Indigenous businesses that could be viable or appropriate partners for non-Indigenous companies, and this is an undiscovered opportunity for mainstream Canada. On the other side of the equation, Indigenous businesses need to do more to venture into the mainstream market. Indigenous businesses bring great products, services and skills to the table; it is just a matter of broadening our markets.
What are the key drivers of change within Canada’s Indigenous economy?
I think there has been a paradigm shift in favour of the Indigenous economy in Canada. This is partly because of the advances in case law through a number of Supreme Court cases. Moreover, there is now government recognition of Indigenous issues as well as a sense of economic empowerment among Indigenous communities. We now stand up and take part in Canada’s economy.
Niilo Edwards, Executive Director
First Nations Major Projects Coalition
“Aboriginal businesses contributed $12 billion to Canada’s economy in 2016, and that number only continues to grow.” Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).