Indigenous people play an important and growing role in the Atlantic economy, but economic indicators show that there is more work to be done to fully realize their economic potential, according to the latest Report Card from the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC).
There are about 129,000 persons of Indigenous identity in Atlantic Canada, about 6% of the region’s population. The Indigenous population is young, with half under 35 years of age, and growing rapidly.
Policy priorities should focus on labour and education outcomes such as skills development and training; enhancing Indigenous business participation in the supply chains for major projects and government procurement; and adopting inclusion and diversity policies. Partnerships with non-Indigenous communities and businesses may also be of value to develop joint community economic initiatives.