Ottawa, Ontario – 13 September 2017 – The National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB) released its 2016-2017 Annual Report today. The Board achieved a number of important milestones this year which have contributed to ensuring that federal policies and programs are well aligned with the goals of fostering the economic growth of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
Key highlights from the Board’s work in 2016-2017 include:
- The release of the report Reconciliation: Growing Canada’s Economy by $27.7 Billion;
- The release of our study on: Investing in Canada’s Future Prosperity: An Opportunity for Canadian Industries;
- The release of our statements on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP);
- The release of the report Recommendations on First Nations Access to Indian Moneys;
- And the release of our report on Additions to Reserve: Lessons Learned from First Nations;
- The Board hosted special events such as the Roundtable on Indian Moneys; and the Conference, Expanding the Circle: What Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth Can Mean for First Nations and Canada
The NIEDB strongly believes that Indigenous people are making economic and social progress and making important contributions to the Canadian economy. It is essential to maintain this momentum by developing policies and programs that will drive economic development and contribute to closing the gap in economic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
The Board’s long-term goal is to ensure that Indigenous people are healthy, well-educated, economically self-sufficient and full participants in the Canadian economy. As the Board gets ready to embark on their next Strategic Plan 2015-2018, their priorities continue to be guided by this overarching goal.
Established in 1990, the NIEDB is a Governor in Council appointed board mandated to provide strategic policy and program advice to the federal government on Indigenous economic development. Comprised of First Nations, Inuit and Métis community and business leaders from across Canada, the Board plays an important role in helping the federal government develop economic policies and programs that are coordinated, accessible and responsive to the unique needs and circumstances of Indigenous Canadians.