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 Indigenous 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 NIEDB released the Aboriginal Economic Progress Report, the first update to the IndigenousEconomic Benchmarking Report, that tracks the progress and success of Indigenous people in Canada using the indicators in the Benchmarking Report. However, three years after the initial report, the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians remain large. While some progress has been made between 2006 and 2011, Indigenous people in Canada are currently not on track to achieving parity with non-Indigenous Canadians. It is the NIEDB’s belief that more efforts by all are required to make these results attainable.
What’s Next – The NIEDB is committed to preparing a second Indigenous Economic Progress Report to track and assess advancements made in 2018 to closing the gaps.