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Indigenizing procurement policies must move beyond token gestures – IRPP

March 6, 2023

Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued its final report and Calls to Action in 2015, widespread interest in the idea of “economic reconciliation” has emerged. Governments and corporate Canada voiced their commitment to advancing these recommendations. But without a meaningful understanding of Indigenous worldviews and experiences, Canadian organizations will ultimately fail to address “business and reconciliation” which is number 92 in the Calls to Action that organizations are beginning to advance through channels such as Indigenous procurement.

According to the University of Alberta, the term “Indigenize” and “Indigenization” is used as the act of administering culturally aligned practices of Indigenous worldviews and customs with non-Indigenous processes. It is the process of “making something Indigenous” or making space for diverse Indigenous customs and beliefs systems for the purposes of progressing current systems and structures toward reconciliation.

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