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Survey Launch: Asset Manager Action on Reconciliation

How can we think about and further support asset managers’ action towards advancing reconciliation in Canada? Background Central to the investment process is the relationship between asset owners, such as Indigenous trusts, and their asset managers. However, oftentimes the firms that assist Indigenous decision-makers in overseeing their invested assets have not explicitly adopted a reconciliation and rights recognition lens to their investment policies or processes. As research conducted by SHARE and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) in 2019 illustrates, investment organizations are important actors in the Canadian economy at large.[1] Investment organizations play critical roles as employers, shareholders, and capital providers – as well as...

Standing in solidarity with Indigenous rights-holders in the Maritimes: Investors and fisheries in Canada

By Katherine Wheatley, Shannon Rohan, & Anthony Schein - SHARE Last week, our team watched the escalating violence against Mi’kmaq fishers and started exchanging emails and messages internally: “How much do we know about the Nova Scotia fishery supply chain?” “Which major companies buy Nova Scotia lobster?” “Do seafood sustainability labels have any human rights analysis?” “Has the Fisheries Council of Canada made a public statement?” At first glance, Indigenous fishing rights seemed far removed from the investment context. As we examined the relevant fishery and market dynamics further, we found opportunities for companies, and investors, to uphold Mi’kmaq treaty rights – and their own commitments...

SHARE and NATOA welcome the Edmonton CFL Team’s Announcement of a Name Change

The Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) and the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) welcome today’s announcement from the Canadian Football League’s (“CFL”) Edmonton franchise of its decision to retire its team name. The abandonment of the use of an Indigenous moniker is a positive step to advancing reconciliation and respectful relations with Indigenous peoples. Indigenous-led calls on the Edmonton CFL franchise to change its name have been made for a number of years. President Natan Obed, leader of the national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (“ITK”), has called on the franchise to change its name since 2015, saying, “This issue is about...

Investors Demand Washington Team #ChangeTheName

SHARE has joined investors representing more than $620 billion in assets calling for NIKE, PepsiCo, and FedEx to terminate business with the NFL’s Washington D.C. franchise if it fails to cease using the racial slur “R*dsk*ns” as its name. SHARE and RRII stand in solidarity alongside First Peoples Worldwide, the Oneida Trust, and others involved in the Investors and Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IIPWG), which has engaged companies for years seeking an end to the use of the racist name and logo. Opposition to the name of this franchise is also being advanced by the National Congress of American Indians, Illuminative, and other U.S.-based Indigenous groups. At SHARE, Indigenous rights...