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National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development

Canada’s future is dependent on the well-being of Indigenous Nations and their communities.

The National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, an initiative of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, focuses on independent and collaborative research, building capacity for economic development in Indigenous nations and their communities, and serving as a convenor of partnerships to sustain research and action.

The Consortium’s interest is to enable Indigenous peoples to develop their own economies and their own approaches to economic self-sufficiency, sustainability and success. The Consortium’s goal, in collaboration with leaders from Indigenous governments, other governments and business, is to advance Indigenous economic innovation and economic health throughout Canada on a foundation of strong Indigenous government within a framework that reflects traditional knowledge and respect for Indigenous peoples and their cultures.

National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development

International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization

The International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization recognizes that ancient inter-tribal trading practices once flourished in all Indigenous traditional territories around the world, with Indigenous peoples using lands, resources, cultural knowledge, skill and artistry in the healthy and prosperous exchange of goods, teachings, traditions and stories. Colonization has had a negative impact on most Indigenous peoples over the last 500 years with loss of lands and banning of language, customs and traditions, including the disruption of once strong inter-tribal trading relationships.

Today each Indigenous community within each country has its own unique social, environmental and economic challenges. Each Indigenous economic development organization and Indigenous business also has its own challenges of generating investment capital; training and recruitment; market development; and over-all economic health and sustainability. Various laws and policies of host countries have placed restrictions on Indigenous peoples that have limited their ability to reach their respective potential for economic success. At the same time these host laws and policies have prevented Indigenous peoples from securing their lands, language and culture.

The resurgence of Indigenous self-determination as expressed through the peaceful re‑development of Indigenous language, culture, art, custom, industry, trade and investment are the cornerstone of tribal stability and prosperity. Having a platform for international inter-tribal trade and investment will provide a multiplier effect in achieving Indigenous economic stability and prosperity.

International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business positions Aboriginal business at the focal point for strengthening Aboriginal communities, promoting progressive and prosperous relationships, and growing a new economy based on mutual respect and shared prosperity.

The Council provides an array of business development offerings, including certification for Aboriginal-owned businesses and for companies with Progressive Aboriginal Relations, and provides connections for Aboriginal entrepreneurs to tools, training and networks to strengthen and scale their businesses.

Aboriginal businesses and communities hold a central role in the future of Canada. Celebrating Aboriginal business success is key to informing all Canadians that change is happening. The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business gives awards that facilitate the growth of Aboriginal businesses, connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, and ensure life-long learning for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and other Canadian business leaders.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program

The Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program provides culturally sensitive and community-delivered business education to ensure the full participation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian economy through business ownership. The Program’s primary goal is to increase the number of Aboriginal-owned businesses that provide meaningful and sustainable employment for community members without foregoing traditional values.

The mentorship component of the program guides prospective entrepreneurs and opens doors to networking and financial opportunities. The new entrepreneurs approach business by using their Indigenous culture, not losing it.

Most importantly, the presence of new entrepreneurs in Aboriginal communities has a positive social impact. They become role models in their communities, inspiring others to pursue economic self‑reliance while adhering to values that guide the Indigenous economic approach: sustainable use of resources and preservation of culture.

In 2020, the program was renamed as the Indigenous Advancement of Cultural Entrepreneurship program.

Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program

Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network

The Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network was created through discussions among key First Nations economic development leaders who felt that a centralized support organization could result in better outcomes for the First Nations economic development community and corporations that generally have limited resources and networks.

The objectives of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network are to

  • help First Nations economic developers expand their understanding of how to develop and analyze business opportunities and to provide a centralized access point to fill in any information and knowledge gaps that they encounter in developing projects.
  • create a more informed First Nations economic development community and promote the value of engaging First Nations as partners and suppliers through information sharing and by highlighting benefits and success stories.
  • facilitate the development of complete support networks around First Nations economic developers
  • communicate important information on policy, programming, training, success stories and other with First Nations communities.

“We promote and support the sustainable economic livelihood of Saskatchewan Indigenous communities through building capacity, relationships and knowledge.“

Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network

World Indigenous Business Forum

The World Indigenous Business Forum is a platform that engages Indigenous people in discussions on Global Indigenous Economic issues with leaders from community, industry, academic and government sectors invited to share their knowledge with delegates. There are over 300 million Indigenous people on the planet; it is our goal to have an economic impact on a percentage of them.

It is vital to grow each of our unique cultures, to preserve our languages, provide a healthy future for our children and give the best quality of life for our families today. The World Indigenous Business Forum was created to provide a place to share our stories with one another, connect with each other and most important to inspire everyone.

It is our belief to follow Seven Generation Thinking which provides sustainable prosperity for our children and their children seven generations on.

World Indigenous Business Forum