Expanding the Circle: First Nations Economic Reconciliation

On Wednesday, November 8 at the University of Winnipeg, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB), in partnership with the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA), Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Public Policy Forum (PPF), presented Expanding the Circle: What Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth Can Mean for First Nations and Canada. The NIEDB’s Reconciliation: Growing Canada’s Economy by $27.7 Billion.

Economic reconciliation means ensuring that Indigenous Peoples are not excluded from participating in and benefitting from Canada’s prosperity. The economic inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s economy is not only a way of addressing past wrongs, but also an investment that can benefit all Canadians. In fact, closing the significant opportunity gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians will annually boost Canada’s GDP by $27.7 billion.

The Expanding the Circle series of conferences features leaders and experts from across the country. The conferences look at the importance of inclusive economic growth for reconciliation, and highlight solutions to address the significant gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. The first of this three-part series focused on increasing economic opportunities for First Nations.

First Nations Conference (2017)

Through a series of panels, discussions and presentations, speakers talked about themes such as reconciliation, procurement strategies, and the importance of celebrating Indigenous achievements.


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