Benchmarking the Aboriginal Economy

In order to achieve the NAEDB’s vision of economic equality between Aboriginal people in Canada and other Canadians, Aboriginal people need to know where we are coming from, how we are doing, and where we need to go.

The Aboriginal Economic Benchmarking Report, published in 2012, was the first document to assemble a comprehensive group of indicators and to establish benchmarks to measure the social and economic well-being for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. The report provided evidence that Aboriginal people in Canada are making measurable progress towards improving their economic outcomes in areas such as employment and income. The report sets out bold ten-year targets to help achieve the Board’s vision and advance opportunities for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis economic development.

In 2015, the NAEDB released the Aboriginal Economic Progress Report, the first update to the Aboriginal Economic Benchmarking Report, that tracks the progress and success of Aboriginal people in Canada using the indicators in the Benchmarking Report. However, three years after the initial report, the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians remain large. While some progress has been made between 2006 and 2011, Aboriginal people in Canada are currently not on track to achieving parity with non-Aboriginal Canadians. It is the NAEDB’s belief that more efforts by all are required to make these results attainable.

What’s Next – The NAEDB is committed to preparing a second Aboriginal Economic Progress Report to track and assess advancements made in 2018 to closing the gaps.

Key Indicators of the Aboriginal Economy

The Aboriginal Economic Benchmarking Report, 2012

Please also see the following reports on this subject:
Core Indicator 1 Report: employment
Core Indicator 2 Report: Income
Core Indicator 3 Report: Wealth and Well-Being
Underlying Indicators Report

The Aboriginal Economic Progress Report, 2015

Please also see the following publications on this subject:
Economic Development for Aboriginal People Still Not on Track
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