Webinar on APC 2019 Report: Highlighting Successful Atlantic Indigenous Businesses
Indigenous businesses in Atlantic Canada are making a sizeable contribution to the regional economy and are expanding rapidly, but financial obstacles remain a significant barrier to their future growth.
Infographic for APC 2019 Report: Highlighting Successful Atlantic Indigenous Businesses
The purpose of the study was to highlight Atlantic Indigenous business success stories and how these can inform and assist further growth.
This study shows that Atlantic Indigenous business revenues were valued at $1.6 billion in 2016. Indigenous firms are growing rapidly, creating jobs and income for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous workers. APEC’s report highlights factors that could further their growth.
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.
Working Warriors is a cloud-based management platform that assists Indigenous communities with identifying their workforce, assets related to economic development as well as managing their industry partnerships. Working Warriors also acts as a project management tool for employers on major capital projects and operations.
The National Indigenous Economic Development Board
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The 2019 National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB) Economic Progress Report
provides a thorough and in-depth analysis of the economic realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The report includes three core indicators: employment; income; and, community well-being. These core
indicators are examined through 13 separate measures. Additionally, five underlying indicators are
considered: education; entrepreneurship and business development; governance; lands and resources;
Crime and victimization
Includes information on adult criminal courts, corrections, crime reporting, victim services, children and youth, and violence against Indigenous women.
Demographic characteristics and Indigenous groups
Includes demographic, social and economic characteristics of Indigenous peoples.
Education, learning and skills
Education and skills related to the Indigenous population in Canada, including educational attainment, field of study, educational outcomes, literacy, and technology use.
In 2017, Northern Policy Institute (NPI) worked with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)to undertake a study on Indigenous employment and skills strategies in Canada. One training agency, Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS), located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and one Tribal Council, Mawiw, located in Fredericton, New Brunswick were selected as case studies. Through these interviews, strategies for skills development, job creation, and overcoming barriers for success were discussed.
The Aboriginal Software Tester Training Course is a PQA Testing initiative, funded jointly by PQA and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) that provides Aboriginal people with recognized qualifications for the IT industry as Software Testers. The mission of the program is to inform, guide and support participants in learning the appropriate skills and knowledge to meet their goals for a career in this field.
The marine industry is growing and thousands of job opportunities exist right now.
To help meet this demand and diversify the workforce, the federal government, through the Oceans Protection Plan, is providing $2.5 million in bursaries for women and Indigenous peoples to pursue marine education. As a woman or Indigenous person, you may qualify to have 90% of the course cost covered.