As published on LinkedIn

As I think about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation my thoughts are with the Survivors of residential schools, their families and their communities.

September 30th is a day to reflect on the past and to think about steps we can all take to advance meaningful reconciliation.

In its final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued 94 calls to action. One of them speaks to economic reconciliation. If we are going to advance major projects to grow our economy and meet our net zero targets, Indigenous partners must be involved every step of the way.

On September 28th, I was honoured to represent the Business Council of Canada and our members at a Canadian Club Toronto discussion about Indigenous ownership and Canada’s economic future. There are many ways the private sector can partner with Indigenous groups to create mutually beneficial economic opportunities.

Thank you to First Nations Major Projects Coalition‘s Chief Sharleen GaleNiilo EdwardsMark Podlasly and the rest of the team for your continued partnership. And thanks to Enbridge for your support of this event as well as RBC‘s John Stackhouse and Cenovus Energy‘s Alexander Pourbaix for lending your voices to the conversation.

I strongly recommend you take the time to watch the discussion by clicking here: