Native Americans & Philanthropy

The COVID-19 Indigenous Business Survey

Jul 1, 2020

To understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous businesses in Canada, theIndigenous Business Covid-19 Response Taskforce launched the Indigenous business survey incollaboration with CCAB. In general, there is a lack of data on Indigenous businesses in Canada,which has led to barriers in current and previous policies, programming, and other businesssupports. Additionally, further demographic data such as gender and identity are needed.During a global crisis, it is more important than ever to focus efforts on collecting quality datato assist with targeted recovery plans for distinctive economic groups. Indigenous businesseshave a unique place in the Canadian economy and will require policies and strategies that meettheir individual needs. The Indigenous Business Survey is a much-needed first step tounderstanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous-owned businesses inCanada, capture current barriers to government programming, and gauge the willingness andcapabilities of these businesses to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the federalgovernment.