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New National Indigenous Economic Strategy unveiled, stressing importance of socioeconomic parity for Indigenous people – Anishinabek News

June 24, 2022

OTTAWA — A new National Indigenous Economic Strategy featuring four strategic pathways — People, Lands, Infrastructure and Finance — was unveiled by a coalition of more than 25 national Indigenous organizations on June 6 in Ottawa.

“The strategy begins with a simple compelling vision that we see to be a requirement for economic reconciliation, and that is socioeconomic parity for Indigenous peoples in Canada,” says Dawn Madahbee Leach, National Indigenous Economic Strategy spokesperson and Aundeck Omni Kaning citizen. “Reconciliation is everyone’s business — one of the most nefarious objectives of colonialism was the intentional exclusion of Indigenous peoples from sharing in the wealth that arose from our own lands. It will take a concerted effort from all sectors of the economy to reverse these impacts of that exclusion.”

Madahbee Leach says the first of the four strategic pathways, People, aims to strengthen the capacity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people where they have world-class skills, knowledge, and leadership in Canadian and global economies.

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