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Researching Indigenous Partnerships: An Assessment of Corporate-Indigenous Relations (Summary Report 2017)

This is the first ever research study to establish a national Index on the state of corporate-Indigenous partnerships in Canada. The research was undertaken with more than 500 medium and large companies across a variety of sectors and regions who participated in an extensive survey and dialogue which probed their Indigenous engagements and partnerships. This baseline information offers new insights into the nature of those engagements, how they are conceived and established and particularly the issues which corporate Canada faces in their efforts to build new intersections ,with Canada’s Indigenous peoples for purposes of employment, business and social development. Our research identifies that there is a significant gap in Indigenous/corporate partnerships today. The gap represents an enormous challenge for Canada. In alignment with the spirit of reconciliation we must find new ways to encourage full Indigenous participation in the economy. More and better partnerships across all sectors and regions are needed to achieve that goal. Our expectation is that this research will help stimulate further dialogue and action on how we can work together to build corporate/Indigenous relations.

We wish to thank the national advisory committee that was struck to guide this research to its conclusion. The participation of more than 600 organizations including corporate Canada, Indigenous economic development corporations, NGO’s and Indigenous Works’ Corporate Leadership Circle supported this research and have contributed in important ways. We also offer a special acknowledgement to the independent research firm, R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. Now there is work to begin in Canada with renewed vigour. Indigenous Works welcomes you to join us on this continued engagement and partnership journey.


Date of publication: 2017


Publisher: Indigenous Works

Jurisdiction: National

About Lucie Morillon

Lucie Morillon is the Bilingual Content & Communications Co-ordinator for CERIC. With a passion for quality content, she connects with her online communities and provides strong resources to engage members – and always encourages new ones to get involved. She identifies, creates and curates the content destined for the ContactPoint website, the weekly CareerWise newsletter and Careering magazine.

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