It would be sadly ironic if policies supposedly designed to benefit Indigenous peoples were to now undercut the promising developments in inclusive economic growth and the transition of Indigenous communities from the margins to the centre of the Canadian economy.


Indigenous people have long strived to have a seat at the table, to participate as meaningful partners in Canada's economy, and actualize on their rights. Through decades of hard-fought legal battles, modern treaty renegotiations, and broader consultation frameworks, Indigenous communities are finally coming to benefit from economic opportunities that were previously enjoyed only by non-Indigenous people.

In particular, the natural resource sector is moving hand in hand with Indigenous peoples in Canada, forging meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with communities. While much of Canada lags behind, the resource sector has strived to bring reconciliation into policy and operational frameworks, answering the call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

While not without its challenges, substantial Indigenous involvement in industries like oil and gas development have raised incomes, brought own-source revenue to communities, and allowed for greater independence for First Nations.

However, these gains are increasingly at risk as government policies threaten the very industries that are underpinning Indigenous prosperity. With this prosperity now at a crossroads, this Macdonald-Laurier Institute project, led by Munk Senior Fellow Ken Coates, seeks to elevate Indigenous voices and refocus policy-makers on issues of importance to those communities that rely on economic partnerships in the resource economy.

 

Highlights

Indigenous Policy Leaders: In their own words

Multimedia

Ep. 54 - Canadians are just waking up to a new Indigenous reality with Ken Coates and JP Gladu

Ep. 55 - Indigenous Prosperity at the Crossroads with Ken Coates and Karen Ogen-Toews

Indigenous Prosperity at a Crossroads: An MLI Conversation with Boomer Desjarlais

Indigenous Prosperity at a Crossroads: An MLI Conversation with Esther Peterson






New Contributions

Most Indigenous people support resource development: John Desjarlais Jr. and Heather Exner-Pirot in iPolitics

Indigenous people want meaningful participation in the oil and gas sector: Straight Talk with Sheldon Wuttunee

Does the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline hurt Indigenous people? Yes: Stephen Buffalo in the Toronto Star

Indigenous leaders step-up, but where is the applause from environmentalists? Chris Sankey for Inside Policy

Indigenous Prosperity at a Crossroads: An MLI Conversation with Sheldon Wuttunee

Indigenous Prosperity at a Crossroads: An MLI Conversation with Karen Ogen-Toews

Indigenous Prosperity at a Crossroads: An MLI Conversation with Theresa Tait-Day

Indigenous Prosperity at a Crossroads: An MLI Conversation with Estella Peterson

Bitter fights over pipelines and other Canadian projects don’t have to be the norm: JP Gladu in the Globe and Mail

Resource sector making progress on reconciliation: Dan Pujdak in the Hill Times

Finding a Path Forward for the Energy Sector: Ken Coates for Inside Policy

The future of Indigenous economic prosperity: New MLI paper by Ken Coates

First Nations decisions on energy projects need to include community members: New MLI Straight Talk with Karen Ogen-Toews

What the media gets wrong on the Indigenous narrative: Sharleen Gale on Tonight with Jamil Jivani

Ep. 55 - Indigenous Prosperity at the Crossroads with Ken Coates and Karen Ogen-Toews

Canadians are just waking up to a new Indigenous reality: New MLI Straight Talk with JP Gladu