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Resources for First Nations Communities

A number of dynamic, practical tools exist to support First Nations communities, entrepreneurs and businesses in creating, encouraging, and cultivating community investments.  The Chiefs of Ontario have worked in collaboration with a number of partners to support the development and distribution of the following resources:

Aboriginal Business Development Toolkit

A toolkit has been developed to assist Indigenous Peoples who are thinking about starting or expanding a business.  The toolkit includes important considerations for a successful business regardless of location and presents business development supports, tools, and information.

The toolkit and a detailed description can be found here.

Aboriginal Business Directory

The Ontario Aboriginal Business Directory is an online database of Aboriginal businesses in Ontario, and the products and services they provide.  Click here to search.

Aboriginal Procurement Strategy

After years of advocacy by First Nations, the Ontario government introduced a two-year pilot Aboriginal Procurement Strategy in March 2012 on the delivery of goods and services.  More information can be found from the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.  For more information on the Procurement Pilot contact:

John Edward Costa

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

p. 416-212-2286