“Indigenomics is economics from an Indigenous world view, and an invitation into new actions for economic reconciliation,” explains Carol Anne Hilton. “The Indigenomics Institute is facilitating the evolution of a hundred billion dollar national annual Indigenous economy, and it’s established the concept of an Indigenomics/economic mix with a series of economic levers to support the growth and design of the Indigenous economy.”
In 2016, the annual economic value of the Indigenous economy was estimated at $32 billion, and Hilton and the Indigenomics Institute set a goal – and a challenge – of bringing that number up to $100 billion by 2024.
“I actually think we’re closer to the 100 billion mark than we might think,” Hilton says.
On October 30, The Winnipeg Chamber will host a ‘Before Business Mixer’ in the morning, featuring multiple local Indigenous businesses, followed by the luncheon with Carol Anne Hilton, which will include a Fireside Chat moderated by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s new chair, Jessica Dumas.
“There will be two aspects [to the presentation]; Indigenomics by Design, a call and initiative for new behaviours for economic reconciliation, and the ability to understand and demonstrate the significance of the growing Indigenous economy,” Hilton says.
“I think that the takeaway [from the luncheon] is insight and leadership into the emerging strength of the Indigenous economy, and to be able to see Indigenous people as economic powerhouses and move away from seeing Indigenous people as a burden on the Canadian fiscal system.”