Leach and Paul: How helping Indigenous communities can boost Canada's economy

Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair shakes hands with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation commission is released, Tuesday December 15, 2015 in Ottawa.Adrian Wyld
/ Ottawa CitizenOn Dec. 14, 2015, on the release of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “We will, in partnership with Indigenous communities, the provinces, territories, and other vital partners, fully implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board applauded that statement, and today we acknowledge his ongoing commitment to moving forward on a path of reconciliation based on recognition of rights, respect and partnership. It is a path that all Canadians – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – must walk together. For Indigenous peoples, national reconciliation is critical to addressing the wrongs of the past, improving the socio-economic outcomes of today, and restoring the self-sufficiency and …