Summary: This National Indigenous Economic Strategy for Canada is the blueprint to achieve the meaningful engagement and inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in the Canadian economy. It has been initiated and developed by a coalition of national Indigenous organizations and experts in the field of economic development. The Strategy is supported by four Strategic Pathways: People, Lands, Infrastructure, and Finance. Each pathway is further defined by a vision that describes the desired outcomes for the actions and results of individual Strategic Statements. The Calls to Economic Prosperity recommend specific actions to achieve the outcomes described in the Strategic Statements.
This document is not intended as a strategic plan specifically, but rather a strategy that others can incorporate into their own strategic plans. In developing this Strategy, we built upon the many reports and research findings that have identified concrete recommendations and solutions to realize the vast potential of Indigenous economies. It is our hope that this strategy offers a pathway, a guide, and an opportunity for all Canadians to share our vision for economic equality and be part of this important effort. Across Canada, progressive leadership along with vibrant Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs are strengthening communities, contributing to regional economies, supporting self-determination, and leading economic reconciliation. This represents a vast future potential that could be realized in more communities if the right conditions were in place—inclusive of all Indigenous Peoples.
The Report included findings and recommendations relating to Nation rebuilding, recognition of an Indigenous order of government, creation of an Indigenous Parliament, expansion of the Indigenous land base, recognition of Métis self-government and rights, and new initiatives to address social, education, and housing needs. The Report also dedicated significant attention to the goal of developing a viable economic base for Indigenous Peoples.