Event: Aboriginal Peoples and Economic Development

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On April 29, Canada 2020 is convening a conversation we have waited too long to have: charting a new way forward with Aboriginal people in Canada.

Chronic and complex problems persist in Aboriginal communities across Canada: underdeveloped infrastructure, lack of essential services, and – most concerning – low education levels, particularly among youth.

Without these foundational building blocks in place – and strong relationships to maintain them – sustainable, long-term economic development is not possible.

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Various instruments, actors and initiatives have tried – and failed – to get this right. All the while, large infrastructure projects are stalled, collaborative business opportunities have been lost, and Aboriginal communities fail to grow and thrive.

Clearly a new way forward is needed.

In order to ignite economic opportunity in Aboriginal communities, relationships need to be mended, and significant barriers need to fall – most importantly education and training.

Progress will be hard-won only by those government, business and other emerging leaders that agree on a core set of principles that stick to a long-term vision of shared prosperity and economic opportunity.

Featured Participants

  • Betty Anne Lavallée CD
    National Chief, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Bio
  • Candice Metallic
    Partner, Maurice Law Bio
  • Chief Clarence Louie
    Osoyos Indian Band; Chair, National Aboriginal Economic Development Board Bio
  • Dan Gagnier
    Chairman, International Institute for Sustainable Development Bio
  • Donald Deranger
    Director, Cameco Corporation Bio
  • Donald McInnes
    Vice Chair, Alterra Power Corp. Bio
  • John Ivison
    Columnist, National Post Bio
  • Mary Simon
    Co-Chair, Canadians for a New Partnership Bio
  • Nigel Newlove
    Host, Nation to Nation, APTN Bio
  • Perry Bellegarde
    National Chief, Assembly of First Nations Bio
  • Right Honourable Paul Martin
    Former Prime Minister of Canada Bio
  • Robert Kucheran
    General Vice-President, IUPAT Bio
  • Roger Augustine
    Regional Chief, New Brunswick & PEI, Assembly of First Nations Bio
  • Wendy Grant-John
    Executive Advisory, Aboriginal Client Services, Deloitte Bio

VenueChateau Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7 CA