Indigenous Business Engagements & Economic Partnerships

Land Acknowledgement

The Samuel Group of Companies is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, on the traditional unceded Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. We also maintain offices on the traditional and unceded Territories of the Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik Nations.  We acknowledge the original inhabitants of the land of Canada on which we now live and work and honour our ongoing historical relationships—past, present, and future—with all Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Business Engagements

We believe that engaging Indigenous Communities to advance mutually beneficial business and economic development opportunities is essential to the well-being of our economy today and tomorrow.

We work with clients and the potential clients of Indigenous Communities in the pursuit of direct business relationships, joint ventures, and other commercial partnerships.

Our Commitment to Reconciliation

We develop vetted structures to bring qualified business and economic opportunities to Indigenous communities with an eye on the Government of Canada’s plans to implement a 5% Indigenous procurement requirement for all federal agencies and departments.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Through consultations with our Indigenous partners at Millbrook First Nation and community liaisons, the Samuel Group of Companies has created a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which will inform our corporate activities and initiatives throughout the 2022 to 2025 business years. Moving forward, we will periodically update and renew the RAP to align it with the national reconciliation agenda.


Reconciliation Actions & Services

The Samuel Group of Companies is committed to advancing the reconciliation process of history, culture, community, and commerce between our organization and the Indigenous peoples of this land for generations to come. We do so by

  • Advising companies on written Indigenous engagement policy, including Indigenous employment, use of Indigenous suppliers, support for training programs or other practical Indigenous engagement measures; with First Nations bands.

  • Organizing community-building events such as site visits, workshops, mentoring, information sessions and job fairs with Indigenous partners at Samuel Associates Headquarters and local communities

  • Creating and/or administering internship or co-op programs for Indigenous peoples and youth, namely the Internship in Strategic Consultancy for Indigenous Peoples (ISCIP)

  • Assist companies in partnering with Indigenous-owned or operated businesses for professional services and or contracting support

  • Assist organization with outreach to First Nations and Indigenous bands to introduce potential avenues of academic research and development and government relations collaboration

  • Attend, sponsor, or help organize Indigenous community events on and off local reservations.

  • Help companies and communities to identify and support business opportunities for Indigenous communities that can be mutually collaborated on.