Indigenous Organizations Involved in Economic Development

Indigenous peoples are often misperceived as being outside of the global economy and against any and all development. In reality, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples have been involved in economically sophisticated and far-reaching trade systems for millennia.

The fur trade saw the growth of trade and business between European and Indigenous peoples that helped to establish Canada as a nation, until the forced settlement of Indigenous peoples in the 19th and 20th centuries removed most of our opportunities for economic engagement. In the past few decades, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples have resumed their place in the national and global economies, as title holders, employees, partners and increasingly as owners of small and large business ventures.

This page shows some of the main groups working to promote Indigenous involvement in, and benefits from, economic and resource development in Canada.