CALGARY June 26, 2019 – As Indigenous communities continue to make significant gains in economic independence, there are opportunities to advance new partnerships, discover opportunities for change and support relationships with industry leaders, according to a new report released by the Canada West Foundation today.

Forward Together: Key learnings from Forward Summit on empowering Indigenous economies, summarizes the outcomes of Forward Summit, which was held in Calgary from February 26-28, 2019. The summit brought together community leaders, influencers and business professionals for an exchange of knowledge that was intended to lead to strengthened relationships, economic development and economic reconciliation.

The report identifies key themes that resulted from the conversations at the event, in many cases, using quotes from participants to tell stories in their own words. The report is intended to provide a foundation for new conversations, ideas and a potential action plan. It isn’t intended to be a comprehensive study of economic participation and reconciliation in Canada.

Economic development and investment in the Indigenous economy is a permanent and long-term solution, which could resolve the numerous problems that Indigenous communities face.” – JP Gladu, Co-Chair, Forward Summit

When Indigenous communities thrive, Canadians thrive. We must journey this path forward together as good business partners, colleagues and neighbours.” – Chief Charles Weaselhead, Co-Chair, Forward Summit