Expanding the Circle: What Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth Can Mean for Indigenous Peoples and Canada

Closing the opportunity gap between Indigenous people and the non-Indigenous population is not only a moral imperative, it’s also critical from an economic perspective. The National Indigenous Economic Development Board has found that keeping Indigenous Canadians out of the economy by under-investing in education, infrastructure and other services is costing Canada billions of dollars each year. Canada’s GDP could increase by $27.7 billion annually if the barriers preventing Indigenous Canadians from participating in the economy were removed. This project will involve Inuit, Métis and First Nations people in helping translate the impetus for economic reconciliation into actionable policy recommendations to break down barriers and open greater economic opportunity.