Linking indigenous business, canada-wide
Ní’akindè is a Canada-wide consortium of Indigenous enterprises and organizations with the combined strength to compete nationally and internationally.
The Ní’akindè vision is a national consortium of Indigenous enterprise that spans the continent from Pacific to Arctic to Atlantic. Our aim is to allow Indigenous enterprises to expand by building a network of nations founded upon proven regional performance. Together, we serve major clients and customers, from provincial and federal governments to regional, national and multi-national corporations.
Join us, as we build our future together.
Indigenous business strength
Indigenous people are natural entrepreneurs and are seizing opportunities faster than ever before. Research shows that Indigenous people are starting and growing profitable businesses at the same or a higher rate than their non-Indigenous counterparts. Likewise, Indigenous communities have established strong enterprises through their economic development arms. These Indigenous businesses have enjoyed great success at the local and regional level, building reputations for high-quality products and services while creating wealth and employment.
THE OPPORTUNITY IS RIPE. THE TIME IS NOW.
Many Indigenous enterprises have found a niche in their regions as preferred suppliers in the resource sector. Here, large corporations actively seek Indigenous partners to supply goods and services to develop resources, particularly on Indigenous lands. Likewise, the Government of Canada has made it a priority to procure goods and services from Indigenous suppliers to further the goals of reconciliation through economic engagement.
Working alone, Indigenous enterprises cannot muster the scope and capacity to serve these national,
even international, opportunities.
Working together, we can.
NÍ’AKINDÈ: THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS BUSINESS CONSORTIUM
Ní’akindè represents the business operations of English River First Nation (Saskatchewan), Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (Ontario) and the Tlicho (Northwest Territories). Our members are independent and equal, each contributing their ideas and strengths to the consortium.
By bringing together leading Indigenous enterprises in diverse geographic areas, our consortium delivers the services and scale required by industry partners with operations across Canada.
It is a new, progressive approach to building industry, opportunity and economic independence for Indigenous businesses.
Ní’akindè is proven and powerful: together, our enterprises have more than $1billion in combined experience in project development.
Enterprises within the Ní’akindè consortium include:
- Building construction and maintenance
- Engineering services
- Civic construction (e.g. roads and services)
- Building and equipment maintenance
- Energy generation and transmission
- Water treatment and management
- Environmental remediation
- Housekeeping and Janitorial
- Property management (commercial and retail)
- Marketing and communications
Working together, we can serve clients and customers from coast to coast to coast, bringing a greater depth of experience, knowledge and skills while creating bigger opportunities for Indigenous people.
Ní’akindè: where we come from
Our name, “Ní’akindè,” combines elements of words for “our land” in the languages of our founding members: Dene, Dogrib and Ojibway. It is a reminder of where we come from and who we serve: our people, our communities.
NÍ’AKINDÈ: FOUNDING MEMBERS
Ní’akindè is founded upon 100-per-cent Indigenous business – proven and successful enterprises from Western, Northern and Central Canada.
Des Nedhe Development is the business arm of English River First Nation, whose people are based in northern Saskatchewan. Des Nedhe’s group of companies is based in Saskatoon, where it owns and operates more than 83,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Des Nedhe has been a powerhouse in mining and industrial, providing services and support to global leaders in the resource sector.
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation’s people occupy Treaty lands encompassing about 16,000 square kilometres, with territory that encompasses most of what is now southern Ontario, including Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara and other municipalities. With a growing entrepreneurial presence, the Mississaugas serve industry and commercial enterprises in southern Ontario.
Tlicho Investment Corporation (TIC) is the corporate arm of the Tlicho government, representing the economic interests of four First Nations and the Treaty 11 Council. TIC manages business activities on lands encompassing 39,000 square kilometres between Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories.
Indigenous nations across Canada are seizing opportunities for business and employment in their communities and regions. The Ní’akindè vision is to link Indigenous enterprises, building a powerful network that can compete successfully to provide products and services from sea to sea to sea.
Ní’akindè draws its strength from the ideas and participation of Indigenous nations. Your voices are needed and welcome in the circle. Please accept our invitation to sit down and share our mutual visions for building prosperity for our people and communities.
Ní’akindè National Business Consortium
#301–2555 Grasswood Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada