Saskatchewan has many positive attributes that make it a great place to live, work, and invest. This includes the innovation and energy of its people, its four distinct seasons, as well as its natural bounty afforded from the land, make Saskatchewan an incredible place. However, the province also has opportunities that must be championed to reach its full potential. Perhaps most importantly, this includes the opportunity to fully engage the Indigenous Peoples in the economy.
In his 2011 report, University of Saskatchewan Professor Eric Howe reported that the value, beyond any social or moral purpose, of bridging the Indigenous education gap and bringing the Saskatchewan Indigenous population to the same economic level as the broader population is a $90 billion opportunity. There is little doubt that this is the most important economic opportunity on Saskatchewan’s horizon. To that end, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) formed a Task Force which resulted in an Indigenous Engagement Charter that is specifically designed for Saskatchewan business. The Charter has been developed with expertise and cultural sensitivity and will be enhanced over time.
The Charter serves as a roadmap to provide businesses with the tools to achieve engagement and assists the business community in demonstrating the role it must play in reconciliation.