The Walrus Talks Economic Reconciliation

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The Walrus Talks Economic Reconciliation

How the private sector and government can support a brighter economic future for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

By The Walrus

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Tue, Mar 28, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT


National Gallery of Canada 380 Sussex Dr Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4 Canada

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The Walrus Talks Economic Reconciliation

Indigenous peoples across Canada continue to face economic disadvantages in a system built around colonial barriers. How should corporations move forward with partnerships that eliminate these challenges and contribute to Indigenous peoples’ long-term economic sovereignty?

An answer might lie in a 2022 partnership between Enbridge and twenty-three First Nations and Métis communities. The partnership offered participating Indigenous communities a stake in a pipeline deal. Indigenous ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline reflects how investment in the communities most affected by the project might help support economic sovereignty.

The Walrus Talks Economic Reconciliation examines what all of this means in the journey toward economic reconciliation. This edition of The Walrus Talks will feature speakers representing a spectrum of nuanced perspectives, ranging from banking and finance, federal governance, and economic studies to First Nations governance, policy, and energy.

Join us to discuss the ways corporate partnerships can contribute to a more equitable financial future for Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Justin Bourque, President, Athabasca Indigenous Investments

Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Chief Sharleen Gale, Chief, Fort Nelson First Nation, and Chair, First Nations Major Projects Coalition

Trevor Gardner, Co-Head Canadian Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Founding Chair, Positive Energy, University of Ottawa

Nathalie Kauffeldt, Senior Director, Horizontal Policy, Natural Resources Canada

Peter Williams, Founding Board Member and Chair, Investment Committee, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation; Managing Partner & CEO, Annapolis Capital Limited

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

6:30 p.m. Doors Open

7 p.m. The Walrus Talks

Join us for a catered reception following the event to continue the conversation.

Can’t make it in person? Register for the livestream and watch online from the comfort of your home.

About The Walrus Talks

The Walrus Talks is a national series of in person events produced by The Walrus. These events feature thought leaders and industry experts offering different perspectives on topics that will spark conversation on matters vital to Canadians.

In addition, we livestream each event so you can enjoy them from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.

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The Walrus Talks is following current municipal and provincial health and safety guidelines.

We strive to be accessible and inclusive. If you require support to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact or (416) 971-5004, ext. 247. Livestream captioning will be available for this event.

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