Thursday, April 6, 2017

Aboriginal Businesses

I have a doctoral student who’s trying to identify barriers to new on-reserve business ventures.

At the moment he needs information about the number of on-reserve businesses for each First Nation in SK. If he can get more than that, number of employees, business size , ownership structure, industry/sector, great, but not a deal breaker.

Given past experience with finding information about on-reserve activities, I’m not optimistic, but thought I’d see if anyone has any suggestions.

I’ve contacted a number of SK tribal councils to see if (a.) they keep such stats and, (b.) they’d be willing to share them for research purposes. As yet, I haven’t heard from any of them.


The First Nations Information Governance Centre’s First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) may have what your student is looking for. They survey on-reserve populations exclusively.

You can e-mail them at fndc@fnigc.c

Answer 2
How about contacting the First Nations Information Governance Centre. They are actually giving a presentation this morning at Carleton U.

You can get more info here:

Answer 3
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I’ve tried a couple of division and unfortunately it looks like there is no collection of aboriginal businesses operating on reserves at Statistics Canada. Sylvie Lafortune did suggest contact the First Nations Information Governance Centre.