Indigenous Inclusion Plan. What is it, who needs one, and why?
Many organizations have identified the need for a comprehensive Indigenous relations strategy. This is typically in support of Canada’s commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada, and, responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action #92, which calls upon the corporate sector to respect Indigenous rights, and involve Indigenous communities and businesses in business and employment opportunities. This strategic priority is being adopted at various level of government, public and private businesses of all size. Placing a priority on Indigenous relations means analyzing all core areas of the business and implementing strategies and actions to support this. We see new requirements emerging in supply chain processes, with higher weighting in the decision making focused on Indigenous owned business or suppliers with Indigenous partnerships or inclusion plans. A significant part of the “S” in reporting an organization’s ESG (Environment, Social, Governance), is largely focusing on the Indigenous partnerships, economic opportunities and employment opportunities that the organization has adopted and actively acting on. Not only is a strong Indigenous relations strategy required to align with vendor priorities, social expectations, and Canada’s commitment to Reconciliation, in a 2019 Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Industry and Inclusion Research Report stated “Analysis by CCAB and Big River Analytics Ltd. found that targeted Indigenous procurement could benefit not only Indigenous communities and the Government of Canada, but the country as a whole.” A key step in an effective Indigenous relations strategy is the creation of an Indigenous Inclusion Plan (“IIP”). Does your company have the knowledge and skills to work successfully with Indigenous peoples? Are you ready to hire and support Indigenous employees? Do you know how to build relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities and businesses. An IIP will help to provide a framework and structure on how to achieve this and move forward with your Indigenous relations efforts. To learn more about what is needed for an effective Indigenous Inclusion Plan, submit your name and email to download BRITT RADIUS’ “4 Key Pillars to an Indigenous Inclusion Plan."