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Indigenous consulting companies place community at the centre of their work – The Globe and Mail

It’s been nearly 15 years since Victor Tootoo retired from the civil service and as a deputy minister in Nunavut. “[I] wanted the opportunity to choose more about where I can spend my time and energy and who I work with,” he said in his farewell remarks. “In a government system, you don’t have that choice.”

At first, Mr. Tootoo, originally from Rankin Inlet, worked as an independent consultant and took on mostly local projects. But in 2008, he joined NVision Inc., an Indigenous-owned and led consulting firm with offices in Ottawa and Iqaluit.

Its services range from communications and content creation to strategic relationship management and support. Mr. Tootoo, who is Inuk, was seeing first-hand the impact that pan-Indigenous consulting companies can have in moving clients and the communities they serve from conversation to collaboration.

Mr. Tootoo and Jennifer Campbell, who is founder of Two Worlds Consulting, exemplify a transformative approach to empowerment. Their work not only facilitates dialogue and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, it underscores a commitment to reconciliation and autonomy.

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