National Perspectives on Indigenous Prosperity

For more information, contact:

Samantha Morton
Director of Research

416.961.8663 ext. 242

In 2018, CCAB travelled to over 100 First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities with support from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). The project, National Perspectives on Indigenous Prosperity, incorporates in-person interviews with Indigenous community and business leaders to understand community planning, capacity building,  partnerships, and future economic wellbeing. This is the most comprehensive research to date on on-reserve and urban Indigenous economies, and a key driver in understanding the current opportunities and challenges for Indigenous business.

From this research, CCAB aims to gain insight into the benefits, successes and challenges of economic development from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples. In-depth interviews were conducted with:

  • Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations (AEDCs)
  • Chief and Council
  • Economic Development Officers
  • Trust Officers
  • Band Administration
  • Financial Lenders (Aboriginal Financial Institutions, Private Banks and Credit Unions)

The project will begin to lay out a blueprint for understanding the current status of the Indigenous economy, aspirations and needs among the Indigenous business community, and the road to securing sustainable economic development for future generations.

To engage with this work or the CCAB Research Team, please contact

Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Capacity is the first report to be released in the National Perspectives on Indigenous Prosperity series. This report delves into the structure, sophistication, and procurement and investment readiness of AEDCs.

Brief Overview of the Report

The Full Report, launched February 25, 2020