We envision capital markets that better align with Indigenous values driven by Indigenous peoples as leaders.

To reach that vision, we are building a model of investment in reconciliation – a concerted and systematic way of mobilizing institutional investors, led by Indigenous trusts themselves – to promote corporate demand for Indigenous employment and leadership in governance, as well as increased economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.

Our approach is grounded in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Principles of Reconciliation and Call to Action 92 directed at business. Call to Action 92 in particular states:

We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources.

This would include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects. 
  2. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.
  3. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

The Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative is a partnership between NATOA and SHARE.