Indigenous economic empowerment is arguably one of the least understood or acknowledged opportunities to spur national and international economies. This presentation examines the complex combination of multi-faceted issues which inform Indigenous economic development. Viewed through the lens of the Canadian Indigenous experience and drawing on international perspectives the address examines issues, impediments, successes, and opportunities.
Closing the economic gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is not only right and moral; when Indigenous peoples can assume their rightful place in the economy all people benefit. The roadmap for economic reconciliation is inclusive, stimulates concrete action, builds upon community strengths, and incorporates a holistic view of prosperity, well-being, and values.