The Key to Building Successful Indigenous Partnerships Explored in New Study

SASKATOON, Feb. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Indigenous Works is acting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 92 with the creation of new baseline data that explores the business relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies, organizations and governments across Canada.

Indigenous Works, formerly known at the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, will be working with over 500 companies and organizations to collect data that will characterize the current levels of engagement, relationship and partnership building in the country today.

"Building Successful Indigenous Partnerships will identify the opportunities in new Indigenous and non-Indigenous economic collaborations for employment, business and community investments," says Indigenous Works CEO Kelly Lendsay. Indigenous Works Co-chair Pat Baxter adds, "We need to know who the catalysts are and where the opportunity is, so the connections can be made to broker new opportunities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous companies and organizations, especially in sectors of the economy where there has been little developed to date. We need to break down these barriers."

The Building Successful Indigenous Partnerships research project will review industries and sectors that traditionally have not been engaged with Indigenous partnership such as transportation, retail and manufacturing. The study will also look at current competencies, effective engagements and collaborations within industries and will establish organizational indicators for success.

"Our output will be learning models and tools that can be used to form partnerships through the tremendous insight from Indigenous Economic Development Corporations, Aboriginal Employment & Training Centres, corporate Canada and government," says Indigenous Works Co-Chair Stephen Lindley.

Indigenous Works has hired R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd., a national research and evaluation firm with over 30 years of experience. A national advisory committee has been composed of Indigenous, industry and government representatives that will add their expertise to the project. The project has been supported by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The scheduled release date for the Building Successful Indigenous Partnerships Report is June 2017.

Indigenous Works was established in 1998 as the Aboriginal Human Resource Council. Over the past 19 years, Indigenous Works has built human resource strategies and inclusive workplaces, including the Inclusion Continuum, a 7-stage roadmap to becoming an employer and partner of choice for Indigenous people.

Indigenous Works is an ISO certified non-profit organization that helps leading Canadian companies, and Indigenous economic development corporations become employers-of-choice for Indigenous people and companies-of-choice for Indigenous partnership development. An overview of its advisory services and products is available at

SOURCE Indigenous Works

For further information: Harmony Redsky, Marketing & Communications Director at (807) 464-2929 or email

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