Benchmarking Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Employment, Business and Social Development Partnership Capacities in Major Resource Projects

Indigenous communities continue to be excluded from the mainstream economy due to a lack of successful partnerships with non-Indigenous businesses. In this project, we will conduct ‘partnership benchmarking’ with resource companies and Indigenous communities establishing the organizational competencies and capacities needed to accelerate economic development. This project will conduct research resulting in Indigenous communities and mainstream companies to accelerate and grow their partnerships together and thereby build incremental Indigenous employment, business and social development.
We will also develop a learning program and certification system which will catalyze Indigenous/non-Indigenous partnerships. This project has the potential to be transformational by growing opportunities for Indigenous communities to participate more fully in the Canadian economy.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ken Coates


Tanja Hoffman


Indigenous Works Organization Inc


Public administration


Aboriginal affairs




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