Investing in reconciliation: the role for institutional investors

The Indigenous economy is a force to be reckoned with – and institutional investors are waking up to this fact

The Indigenous economy is a force to be reckoned with – and investors are beginning to wake up to this fact.

On February 21st in Ottawa, SHARE (a leader in responsible investment services, research and education) and the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) co-hosted the first ‘Reconciliation and the Indigenous Economy: The Role for Institutional Investors’ forum.

Attended by over 100 participants, the event brought together Indigenous business leaders and institutions from all around the country to discuss a new and emerging opportunity for institutional investors in the growing Indigenous economy.

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Indigenomics in action

The $100 billion Indigenous economy is the marker of a new economic reality on which Canada’s future now depends

Indigenomics? It’s a new word that settles across the tongue conjuring up possibility of the unknown. Indigenomics is the collective economic response to the lasting legacy of the systematic exclusion of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s development. It is this economic displacement that has shaped the polarization of the Indigenous relationship across time.

It’s time for a new story, one where Indigenous people assume their rightful place at the economic table of this country.

Why Indigenomics? The truths of this country lie in the experience of Indigenous communities in poverty without access to clean water, warm housing, clean power or good jobs. The root of this can be traced to centuries of being excluded economically.

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