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CCAB Events

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PAR information and training session webinar
Wednesday January 23, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm(EST)

Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) is an online management and reporting program that supports progressive improvement in Aboriginal relations, and a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations at the bronze, silver or gold level. Certified companies promote their certification with a PAR logo that signals to communities that they are good business partners; great places to work and are committed to prosperity in Aboriginal communities. Learn more about becoming a certified PAR company and join us on January 23rd for an informative webinar.

Committed Level - Overview Session

  • PAR committed Level Criteria
  • Cerified Criteria (high level)
  • Submission/Review process

To register for more information, please contact Brenda Thwaites at or call 416.961.8663. ext#248

A full agenda is provided following confirmed registration.


Tools & Financing For Aboriginal Business (TFAB) Networking Event - Toronto, January 29 @ 2 - 4pm

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You are invited to CCAB's first TFAB Networking Event of 2019. This event will include the following:

  • One year update on Supply Change, CCAB's Aboriginal Procurement Strategy
  • Hearing from our Aboriginal Procurement Champions and Certified Aboriginal Businesses (CABs)
  • An opportunity to provide your feedback to CCAB on how we can grow Aboriginal businesses.

This event is free for CCAB members and ticket holders to CCAB's 21st Annual Toronto Gala. Please note a separate registration is required for for this TFAB event.  

Beverages and canapes included with registration. Register today as this event will reach capacity. Capacity is limited, you must click here to register.

2019 Annual Toronto Gala – Hurry, get your tickets today!


Join us for the annual Toronto Gala where CCAB will honour and celebrate the 2019 Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame inductees for the Lifetime Achievement and National Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

Register now

2019 Indigenous Women in Leadership Award Presentation


Register here 


Call for Nominations


For details and nomination forms - click here!

Become A National Juror for 2019 CCAB Award Nominations

Every year, an independent volunteer jury selects the best and brightest individuals and businesses within our network, granting awards that recognize the central role Aboriginal businesses and communities hold within the Canadian business landscape. If you would like to participate as a National juror for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business email with the subject line: CCAB 2019 National Juror Candidate, and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you would like to join our team of jurors.

In-Partnership CCAB Events

Procurement Employment Partnerships Conference & Tradeshow – Sudbury - January 22-23, 2019


PEP is a conference and tradeshow created to explore ways to grow the Northern resource development and infrastructure sectors through innovative supply chain management.

Awards for Indigenous Business of the Year and Business Partnership of the Year will be recognized.

Guests speakers include CCAB’s President & CEO JP Gladu and Stephen Lindley, Principal of Stephen Lindley Consulting Inc.

Click here to Register for your tickets today.

Register now for the Forward Summit in Calgary


Empowering Indigenous Economies - February 26- 28, 2019 Calgary - TELUS Convention Centre

This three-day summit brings together leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, thought leaders, and industry experts from across Canada. The Forward Summit encourages Economic Reconciliation through a series of insightful panels and in-depth workshops.

Summit Co-Chairs: Chief Charles Weaselhead & JP Gladu, CCAB President & CEO


Click here to register. Coupon code: CCAB10

Canadian Water Summit - May 26-31 - Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON 


Member Profile

SpiritRx Looks Outside the Box!



Defining a new path always involves looking outside the box. Innovative partnerships, diverse opportunities and a commitment to a new vision is the way to change the way things have always been done. This is the Spirit behind SpiritRx Solutions and the SPIRIT Group of Companies, a proud CCAB Aboriginal Business Member. We are wholly-owned by the seven tribal councils of Manitoba, and our shareholders represent approximately 156 thousand First Nations members.

ccab20_17012019.jpgAt the Fall 2018 CCAB Vancouver Conference, SpiritRx Solutions presented its pharmacy services capability, which is available to companies of all sizes based on its workforce's needs.  SPIRIT's model offers a way forward that goes beyond ‘closing the socioeconomic gap’. By providing ongoing benefits, services and supports to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, we believe that championing economic initiatives in the healthcare field that are Indigenous led will move us forward towards improved quality of life and economic reconciliation. 

The timing has never been better to look outside the box at new ways to support Aboriginal business. Through CCAB’s Aboriginal Procurement Marketplace, organizations like yours have opportunities outside conventional platforms.

To learn more or request an information session for your organization, please contact Heather Berthelette at or (204) 947-1916.

First Nations Education Foundation


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The First Nations Education Foundation (FNEF) is a not-for-profit and federally registered charity that collaborates with First Nations’ communities to preserve and revitalize at-risk Indigenous languages using the power of technology offering real hope for Indigenous language revitalization in Canada.

In recognition of the 2019 UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, FNEF has commissioned a Language Revitalization Totem Pole from renowned Nuu-chah-nulth carver, Tim Paul.

This totem pole will not only raise awareness of the threats facing Indigenous languages in Canada and around the world but will also draw attention to innovative solutions and the urgent need to advance reconciliation and healing by supporting Indigenous peoples and communities in their efforts to preserve and promote their languages and cultures. For more information please click here to visit our website. 

Your 2019 Membership with CCAB


Now that 2019 is under way it's important that your CCAB’s membership is up to date to take advantage of the numerous benefits and full access to our programs and services.

Contact us today at if:

  • Your membership certificate has an expiry date of December 31, 2018
  • You’ve misplaced or didn’t receive your 2019 invoice and renewal package (mailed September 2018)
  • You missed your renewal email from Ken Montour and Summer Jones.  Please check your spam/junk folders too!

Thank you once again for your continued support and membership with the CCAB!

Job Postings & Opportunities

Seeking Backstage Help

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February 18-22, 2019

Send resumes and cover letter to:

Candance Wilde
Head Talent Coordinator 

For more information, please click on their website.

New Indigenous Awareness and Education Program


The Indigenous Journey has launched! A unique and fully interactive online platform to help educators teach the history of Canada from the perspective of Indigenous Elders and youth. Our education charity, Elephant Thoughts, provides a comprehensive one click education solution for teachers as well as a tool for Indigenous youth to share their own history and viewpoints while learning through Elders. Elephant Thoughts will be expanding their curriculum modules as funding for internships and youth employment opportunities becomes available. To read more visit 
here or contact for further information and sponsorship opportunities

CCAB in the News

Bruce Power, a CCAB Aboriginal Procurement Champion supports new Indigenous-Led Business

Bruce Power and EMC Power Canada have entered into a $3 million agreement to manufacture and install removable insulation blankets as part of a new, Indigenous-led business line that was launched this year to support Bruce Power's Life-Extension Program. EMC Power Canada is manufacturing the insulation blankets, with residents of Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) completing a component of the effort.


CCAB Can Aid Canadian Credit Union Association with Indigenous Supplier Database

This story is about education. No, it’s not about some business-book, MBA-track list of five ways to be a better manager and make more money, revealing innovative ways to help fix customer problems. The help, in this case, is with reconciliation, a word that has developed a special significance over the past decade and now has deep meaning for Canada and for credit unions.


Industry News

Ottawa allocates funding grants to bolster Indigenous research projects

Dr. Melissa Arcand, a soil scientist at the University of Saskatchewan and member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, received a federal grant to convene a meeting on indigenous farming. More than 100 projects across a broad range of disciplines received support through a one time funding call as Ottawa looks to research as an aid to reconciliation.


Report from Manitoba chief says Indigenous contribution to economy in billions

A newly released report shows Indigenous people in Manitoba contributed billions of dollars to the economy in just one year. The report from organizations representing chiefs in the north and south looks at the impact of the Indigenous economy and of urban reserves in the province.


A Government invests $645K in two Indigenous forestry projects in Yukon

The Teslin Tlingit Council received $595,000 to purchase biomass wood chip boilers, as part of a larger project that aims to reduce reliance on non-renewable heating fuels and help create jobs by installing direct heating systems.




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