According to the, Aboriginal Human Resource Council (AHRC) approximately 34,000 Aboriginal companies are able to provide goods and services the economy needs to create new jobs and spark economic prosperity that will benefit all Canadians. While there is a growing awareness among some Canadian companies of the existence and value of Aboriginal suppliers, many businesses still don’t understand how to include Aboriginal businesses in their supply chain.
To address this gap, the AHRC, with the support of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC), have just unveiled a new program to help Canadian businesses better connect with Aboriginal suppliers of goods and services. The program, called Introduction to Successful Aboriginal Procurement, builds on an innovative Aboriginal procurement initiative that was developed and implemented for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. AHRC President and CEO, Kelly Lendsay, said: “The resource and intellect that was passed on to us through VANOC has enabled us to build a first-class program that is ideal for helping companies find a competitive edge in today’s economy, while also advancing the employment of Aboriginal people.”
“A good Aboriginal procurement program is a hallmark strategy designed to strengthen corporate social responsibility and enhance partnerships with the Aboriginal community for the benefit of both sides,” said Mr. Lendsay.