Indigenous Economic Reconciliation

Fostering economic growth and development in Indigenous communities is crucial to reconciliation. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated systemic inequities and resulted in a steeper road to recovery for vulnerable populations across the country, but most acutely for Indigenous people.

That is why this year’s Indigenous Economic Development Forum will focus on how we keep up the momentum on our collective efforts to expand economic opportunities with Indigenous communities across Canada so that Indigenous Canadians can experience the same quality of life as other Canadians.

Indigenous Economic Reconciliation is part of Canada 2020’s new media series Crisis to ResilienceLearn more about our new media series here.

This event will be broadcasted on Zoom and Canada 2020’s Facebook page.

Featured Participants

  • Brian McGuigan

    Manager, Indigenous Affairs, CAPP

  • Byng Giraud

    President, Sedgwick Strategies

  • Chrystal Smith

    Chief of the Haisla Nation Council

  • Clayton Walker

    President & CEO, Iron Ore Company of Canada

  • Dawn Madahbee Leach

    General Manager, Waubetek

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    Marc Miller

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  • Niilo Edwards

    Executive Director, First Nations Major Projects Coalition

  • Susannah Pierce

    Director, Corporate Affairs, LNG Canada

  • Tanis Peterson

    Executive Director, Tshiuetin Railway


The Indigenous-led Economy

On May 17, join Canada 2020 for a day of solutions-oriented conversations on Indigenous-led economic development projects, with an eye to the future.

Reconciliation must be central to any vision for the future of Canada. Key to this ongoing project is a deeper understanding of economic inequality faced by Indigenous communities across Canada, the people and projects that are working toward closing the gap, and the opportunities this shift can foster for the Canadian economy.

The lunchtime keynote will feature The Hon. Marc Miller, Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations in conversation with Mark Podlasly, Director of Economic Policy at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition.

Event cost: $150 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Featured Participants

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    Cherie Brant

    Partner and National Leader, Indigenous Law, BLG

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    Derek Nepinak

    Chief, Pine Creek First Nation

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    Margaret Kenequanash

    CEO, Wataynikaneyap Power

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    Hon. Jeanie McLean

    Yukon MLA, Minister of Education, Minister responsible for the Women and Gender Equity Directorate

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    Chief Crystal Smith

    Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation Council & Chair, First Nations LNG Alliance

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    Hillary Thatcher

    Senior Director, Project Development and Indigenous Infrastructure, Canadian Infrastructure Bank

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    Mark Podlasly

    Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives, First Nations Major Projects Coalition

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    Thomas Benjoe

    President & CEO, FHQ Developments

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    Corey Ellis

    Co-founder & CEO, Growcer

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    Marc Miller

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    Tabatha Bull

    President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Presenting Partners

  • RBC Royal Bank
  • LiUNA!

Event Partners

  • CN
  • Alar Strategy Group
  • Pembina
  • Cedar LNG
  • Microsoft