Since 1984, CCAB has been committed to the full participation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian economy. Our work is backed by data-driven research, recognized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as the gold standard on Indigenous business data in Canada, on the barriers and opportunities for Indigenous businesses, business capacity, and supply chain analysis that has informed both government and corporate policy.
As we continue to find solutions to move forward in this “new normal” we are demonstrating that it is vital to do so in collaboration and consultation with one another. Rebuilding our economy together is not something that will happen immediately. We saw over the last decade, prior to the pandemic, a significant Indigenous resurgence in the economy, and it is important for all that we sustain that growth and continue an upward trajectory.
Our members are also aware and understand, that Canadians owe it to Indigenous communities to implicitly share in the rebuilding opportunities that will increase the Indigenous economy and benefit us all.
From the research done by CCAB, we know that without meaningful and real Indigenous partnerships, the Canadian economy would be at further risk. Our members are also aware and understand, that Canadians owe it to Indigenous communities to implicitly share in the rebuilding opportunities that will increase the Indigenous economy and benefit us all.
To gain more understanding and to participate in helping to rebuild and strengthen the path toward a healthy and prosperous Indigenous economy, join us on September 22nd for CCAB’s Business Recovery Forum.
Many CCAB member organizations are also committed to our Progressive Aboriginal RelationsTM program. PAR is Canada’s premier corporate social responsibility program with respect to Indigenous relations. In a significant way, PAR is the narrative of truth that helps companies learn about Indigenous history to understand reconciliation and to be able to contribute to creating a better future for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. It is imperative that corporate heads lead their organization through this narrative to understand social injustice and the reality of stark socio-economic gaps and inequities that exist for Indigenous, Black and people of colour, including women, and 2SLGBTQ+.
We can all play a critical role to encourage diversity and inclusion in business and the workplace culture.
Along with our members, CCAB remains committed to helping grow the Indigenous economy through procurement from Indigenous business, through creating equal equity partnerships, through building strong respectful relations with Indigenous communities, and through creating safe and respectful spaces for Indigenous people to work, learn, grow, and lead.
This article was supported through partnership with CCAB.