It is estimated that Indigenous businesses are growing at 9x the rate of non-Indigenous businesses. Moreover, research has shown that equitable access to education, training, and skill development for Indigenous & non-Indigenous could result in an annual boost to the Canadian economy of nearly $28 billion.
What is fueling this incredible growth and potential? What’s getting in the way of expanding the Indigenous economy? And how we companies and governments break down the gaps and enable opportunities?
BCA President, Adam Legge, is joined by Tabatha Bull, President & CEO of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business to explore these questions and why the growth of Indigenous economic participation is vital not only to our shared prosperity but to advance the principles of reconciliation.
Learn more about the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses, their work and research, and how you can get involved here: https://www.ccab.com/
In This Episode:
- State of Indigenous economy and the importance of broader economic participation
- Importance of the Indigenous economy to developing shared prosperity for all
- About CCAB programs and services—Supply Change, Progressive Aboriginal Relations, Tools & Financing Aboriginal Businesses
- Barriers for Indigenous Peoples when creating businesses or entering the workforce
- Actions companies can take to advance economic reconciliation
- Economic participation and business creation for those who live in urban centres and on-reserve
- Actions governments can take to enable growth for the Indigenous economy
- Business Reconciliation in Canada: Actions for Large Businesses
- CCAB Programs
- 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act
- Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (#92)