Current Problems: Business and Reconciliation (92)

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January 8, 2024

Survey: Over Half of Indigenous Canadians Polled have Experienced Workplace Discrimination

62.4% HAVE EXPERIENCED BIAS WHEN APPLYING FOR JOBS NationTalk: TORONTO –, a registered charity that believes the democratization of education and opportunity is Canada’s best path forward, recently uncovered several startling statistics in a survey to 500 Canadians who identify as Indigenous Canadians. created the survey to take a pulse check of current...

November 15, 2023

Proof Point: Closing Canada’s infrastructure gap could boost Indigenous output by up to 17%

NationTalk: RBC Proof Point Stubborn employment gap between Indigenous & non-Indigenous population persists Unemployment rate, %, prime age population; off-reserve Source: Statistics Canada, RBC Economics Canada’s Indigenous populations grapple with a huge infrastructure gap It is well-known that Canada is one of the most educated countries in the world, with the second highest share of...

October 24, 2023

Trudeau Weighs Limits on Oil and Gas in Indigenous Resource Loan Plan

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , Photographer: Andrej Ivanov/Bloomberg NationTalk: BNN Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet are planning a multibillion-dollar loan program to help Indigenous groups in Canada buy equity in resource projects. But the government is still debating whether to include the oil and gas sector within it.  The...

September 30, 2023

Is corporate sector listening to Indigenous business leaders?

Toronto Star: Businesses aren’t exempt from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to address the ongoing, centuries-long oppression of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The 94 calls to action cover everything from the constant removal of Indigenous children to non-Indigenous households, medical racism and the multi-generational damage done to survivors of the Canadian government’s genocidal residential...

September 30, 2023

Ottawa needs to step up to make Indigenous economic reconciliation a reality

There’s a consensus among Indigenous investors, corporate leaders and government decision makers that federal loan guarantees are the answer to First Nation investment difficulties, writes Heather Scoffield. Toronto Star: Fred Di Blasio is a walking, talking embodiment of where economic reconciliation is at right now. He is an Indigenous investment banker armed with lots of...

June 8, 2023

John Ivison: The case for backing Indigenous loans

Canada will not achieve Indigenous reconciliation or reach net zero carbon emissions without Indigenous equity participation  NationTalk: National Post – OTTAWA — Canada was formed by glacial erosion and federal government policy moves at much the same pace. Consider a hypothetical critical minerals project on First Nations land in Canada. If an Indigenous proponent signed...

March 22, 2023

B.C. First Nations file court case against federal decision not to renew salmon farm licences

The lawsuit says the federal government failed to respect Indigenous rights to self-determination CBC News: Two B.C. First Nations and a British Columbia salmon farmer company are going to court to challenge the federal government’s decision not to renew the licences for its open-net farms off Vancouver Island. The We Wai Kai Nation (Cape Mudge Indian...

February 3, 2023

Opinion: How to stop the Indigenous brain drain

The Calgary Herald: The term “brain drain” refers to the effects of government policies, taxes or world events that cause highly skilled workers to leave their homes (cities, provinces or countries) and relocate elsewhere in search of work. While this global phenomenon is well studied and understood, it is also appropriate to apply this term...

October 18, 2022

AFNQL: First Nations Do Not Want A Superminister of The Economy

NationTalk: Wendake, October 18, 2022 – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) does not look favorably on the possibility of Premier François Legault appointing Pierre Fitzgibbon to the head of a superministry of the Economy when creating his new cabinet. “This would be very bad news for First Nations, who have nothing to gain...

October 14, 2022

AMC calls out Manitoba over Meagre Indigenous Economic Development Fund for the Interlake Outlet Channel Project

NationTalk: Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issued the following statement in response to an inadequate Indigenous Economic Development Fund announced by the Province for 39 communities affected by flooding in and around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. The AMC stands with the First Nations leaders from the Interlake...

August 11, 2022

Inuit Organizations Challenge Nunavut’s Move to Transfer Mining Companies’ Property Tax Liabilities to Inuit

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) and the Regional Inuit Associations (collectively with NTI, the “Inuit Organizations”) filed a lawsuit on August 10, 2022 challenging the Government of Nunavut’s move to transfer mining companies’ property tax liabilities to Inuit. On May 27, 2022, the Government of Nunavut brought into force Bill 55 – An Act...

May 11, 2022

Alberta Court of Appeal finds federal Impact Assessment Act unconstitutional

NationTalk: The Indian Resource Council – IRC, an organization representing over 130 First Nations who produce or have direct interest in the oil and gas industry, was gratified by the opinion handed down by the Alberta Court of Appeal determining that the federal Impact Assessment Act is unconstitutional. The Indian Resource Council was an intervenor...

September 17, 2021

Making Inuit liable for mining company debts

With the passage of “Bill 55 – An Act to Amend the Property Assessment and Taxation Act”, the Government of Nunavut and the Members of the Legislative Assembly have transferred the burden of paying millions of dollars in property taxes each year from mining companies to Inuit, and make Inuit guarantors for mining companies’ tax...

April 9, 2021

DFO support of fish farms vs support for wild salmon

Canada’s National Observer – On Monday, Federal Court Justice Peter George Pamel said Mowi Canada West and Saltstream would suffer substantial harm if they couldn’t transfer juvenile fish into three farm sites in the area. But Homalco Chief Darren Blaney said the companies’ win comes at the expense of wild salmon and all the First...

January 22, 2021

DFO support of fish farms vs support for wild salmon

The First Nations Leadership Council – FNLC denounces the decision of Mowi Canada West Inc, Cermaq Canada Ltd and Grieg Seafood BC Ltd to apply to the federal court for an injunction to overturn the Discovery Islands Decision. Overturning the decision would be counter to the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights...

December 17, 2020

DFO support of fish farms vs support for wild salmon

The Tyee – Acting on the wishes of seven First Nations in the Discovery Islands DFO Minister Bernadette Jordan has not renewed fish farm licenses in the Discovery Islands but ordered the phase out of all 19 Atlantic salmon feedlots owned by Norwegian-based companies. That means juvenile salmon will not have run through a gauntlet...

December 3, 2020

DFO support of fish farms vs support for wild salmon

First Nations Leadership Council – FNLC Nations involved in the Discovery Island consultation on fish farms are seeking to save wild salmon, and support a shift to land-based aquaculture, and an immediate stop to fish farms in the Discovery Islands. In light of the historic low returns of Pacific wild salmon this year, the First...

October 21, 2020

DFO support of fish farms vs support for wild salmon

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs – UBCIC is demanding transparency and accountability from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regarding their continued jeopardization of wild salmon stocks. Following the DFO’s recent announcement that open-net pen farms in BC’s Discovery Islands pose a minimal risk to wild salmon, Dr. Kristi Miller-Saunders, head of the...

October 20, 2020

Barriers to Indigenous business

Canadian Association of Aboriginal Business (CCAB) – Released the findings of its latest report, “Promise and Prosperity: The 2020 Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey” provide a longitudinal analysis of Indigenous business successes and challenges, while diving deeper into a crucial topic in today’s economy – improving access and participation for Indigenous businesses within government supply chains…only...

October 1, 2019

Increase Indigenous business procurement spending

The “Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB)” has accounted for an average of less than 1% (0.32%) of total annual federal procurement spending since 1996. Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business released “Industry and Inclusion: An Analysis of Indigenous Potential in Federal Supply Chains” calling on the federal government to increase the dollar value of its...

May 1, 2019

Lack of access to capital for Indigenous business

“Evening the Odds: Giving Indigenous ventures access to the full financial toolkit” Restricted access to capital impedes indigenous entrepreneurs from developing business opportunities. Some First Nations have unlocked greater economic development on reserve lands by opting out of the Indian Act system of lands management in favour of the First Nations Land Management Act. Those...

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