Economic Development

Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Integrated Research Program

The Economic Development Department of the Atlantic Policy Congress exists to provide insight, advice, information, and training pertinent to the economic development of the Atlantic Region’s First Nations communities. The department supports our communities in their unique efforts to enact the Atlantic Aboriginal Economy Building Strategy (AAEBS), also known as the “Chiefs’ Strategy,” helping to build prosperous, autonomous, and sustainable Nations.  Part of the Economic Development department is the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) whose main purpose is to work with Aboriginal communities to improve the knowledge base concerning Atlantic Aboriginal economic development in order to improve the lives of Aboriginal peoples in the region.

Latest Updates


According to the MacDonald-Laurier Institute, the national Indigenous economy will soon be among the largest corporations in Canada with billions in assets.

AAEDIRP Newletter for March 2021

It has been a good year for AAEDIRP. We have launched a podcast, had a successful conference, and have provided value to the community.

Indigenous Women In Business In Atlantic Canada

Indigenous women are a yet untapped engine of our economy. In Canada, Indigenous women are engaged in business twice as often as non-Indigenous women and thirty-nine percent (39%) of Indigenous businesses in Atlantic Canada are owned and operated by women.