Community and Commerce: A Survey of Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations in Ontario
Published: July 26, 2015
AEDCs are an important dimension of the Indigenous business community. AEDCs are the economic and business development arm of a First Nations, Métis or Inuit government, and are a major economic driver in Indigenous communities. These community-owned corporations invest in, own and/or manage subsidiary businesses with the goal of benefiting the Indigenous citizens that they represent.
Many AEDCs have become business success stories, and the dynamism in Indigenous economic development appears to come as much from community-owned as from privately-owned businesses. Yet, the available data on Indigenous businesses typically do not include businesses that are community-owned.
This 2015 edition of Community and Commerce Ontario builds on 2013 research also conducted in Ontario.