Research conducted by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business shows that Indigenous small business owners across Canada are growing in numbers and experiencing wide-spread success in terms of profitability and growth and in ways that go beyond the bottom-line. Nationally, the number of Indigenous business owners and entrepreneurs is growing at five times the rate of self-employed Canadians overall. The research identifies the number, industry scope and geography of Atlantic Indigenous businesses and their economic contribution and provides actionable recommendations to inform and expand business growth.
Atlantic Indigenous Labour Market Initiative: Preparing Today’s Youth for Future Employment
Workforce talent recruitment and retention is one of the most urgent issues facing the Atlantic region. In the next decade, the Canadian economy is expected to offer significant opportunities for employment. Those opportunities reflect both Canada’s emergence as a knowledge economy and the impact of retirement from the workforce of the baby boomer generation. An expectation exists that future demand for a skilled labour force will be serviced, in part, by an increasing Indigenous workforce. The research provides data to inform mobilization of the more favorable demography of Indigenous communities to positively influence their employment outcomes and, by doing so, improve labour market outcomes in the Atlantic region overall.
APC Marks 25th Anniversary with historic signing of MOU with Ulnooweg
The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at a gathering on June 28th, 2017 that welcomed employees, Indigenous entrepreneurs, government officials, as well as business and academic partners. To mark this historic milestone APC and its long-standing partner, Ulnooweg Development Group, signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
This preliminary report discusses corporate structuring options for the perspective Atlantic First Nations Water Authority. The contents were presented at a facilitated session on May 24th, 2017. APC is welcoming your comments on this report. If you would like to share your ideas, please contact James MacKinnon at (902)-435-8021 or James.MacKinnon@apcfnc.ca
The document was developed for APC by Halifax Water in partnership Accelerator Inc.
Atlantic First Nations Housing Engagement Session Summary Report
On Feb 28 and March 1st, 2017, the Atlantic First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Network (AFNHIN) Housing Working Group and Atlantic Policy Congress (APC) of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat hosted a regional gathering of First Nations housing stakeholders focused on housing reform. The overall purpose of the session was to:
Media Release: Indigenous Economy in Atlantic Canada Exceeds $1 Billion in Annual Spending
The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) has completed a panprovincial assessment of the Atlantic Indigenous economy. The study titled, 1.14 Billion Strong: Indigenous Economic Performance in Atlantic Canada, consisted of collecting and analysing financial data from band operations throughout Atlantic Canada.