Update on things happening in Rotary and indigenous communities, including current events – Rotary luncheons with guest speakers, open community and cultural gatherings, etc.



The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Celebrating 30 Years of Building Partnerships with Organizations such as the Rotary Club of Toronto


By: Andre Morriseau

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is proudly celebrating 30 years of fostering meaningful business relations and partnerships between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and Canadian business.

Business headlines across the country continue to signal that the future of the Canadian economy will depend highly on the success of relationships and partnerships built with Aboriginal communities. The continued role of the CCAB and its initiatives as a driver of those relationships and partnerships has become increasinglypronounced and valuable.

For the past 30 years, the CCAB has been introducing Aboriginal communities and their businesses to Canadian industries, allowing businesses and communities to get to know each other in order to springboard new relationships into successful business partnerships.

Through the initiative and forward thinking of organizations with national and international stature such as the Rotary Club of Canada CCAB continues to encourage the sharing of not only our business opportunity and success but our culture and traditions. Mainstream and new Canadians alike need to understand who we are in order to overcome generations of systemic and institutionalized racism that has held back the extraordinary potential of our peoples.

Rotary's commitment to high ethical standards in business and professions combined with a callto service within the community is a natural conduit for promoting change both within the Aboriginal community and in the greater world of business.

The Rotary Club of Toronto's Aboriginal Committee has championed this new understanding in powerful and innovative ways. Recently CCAB President & CEO JP Gladu was honoured to address the Rotary Club of Toronto. The packed room listened attentively as he shared his personal story and the Aboriginal cultural relevance to the greater Canadian business story. Yet another example of the power of partnership and sharing.

CCAB'smilestone 30thanniversary is a true testament to the success and value their programs, initiatives and business tools have added to the Canadian economy. Aboriginal businesses are growing faster than non-aboriginal owned businesses and contributing to the overall health and prosperity of Canada.

Over the past 30 yearsthe CCAB has grown into a powerful force forpositive change and possibility. When businessengages CCAB they engage a robust network of businesses and communities that share the common desire for improving the well-being of Canada's Aboriginal peoples through economic development and programs.

One such innovative CCAB program is the Certified Aboriginal Business program (CAB) which certifies that Aboriginal businesses are 51% or more owned and controlled by an Aboriginal person(s). The CAB program ensures that Aboriginal businesses are easily identified by industry, government and other organizations also allowing certified businesses topromote themselves using the designated CAB logo.

Certified businesses are added to the CAB directory found on CCAB's website and have access to tender opportunities posted by CCAB business members. All Aboriginal businesses wishing to become certified must complete a simple questionnaire and provide supportingdocumentation. After a thorough review of the documentation, CCAB confirms the applicant is an Aboriginal business.

In keeping with CCAB's quest to promote partnerships and business networking they recently announced that the 4th Annual Aboriginal Entrepreneur Conference and Trade Show (AECTS) formerly administered by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) will now be a solely CCAB run conference.

This year the CCAB is taking the baton from its government partners and with this comes their commitment to build on the success of this unique national conference to make it even better. CCAB is making a special effort to better engage the participants in the expanded Trade Show time slots and their growing Business 2 Business Match Making Series.

Certified Aboriginal Business (CAB) members will be matched with over 30 mainstream businesses from across North America. The CCAB is partnering with the US
Embassy and the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation
(CEDEC) to create a robust suite of companies in a variety of sectors looking
for Aboriginal business connections with the potential to build exciting new

The newly
launched Rotary Club of Toronto Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) website www.rotaryhip.com is a prime example of how partnerships, community and goodwill can build important momentum toward deeper understanding and shared cultural values.

In their 30th year, the CCAB continues to be a leader in the discussion of Canada's future economic growth and prosperity. To mark the occasion they've produced a video anthology so all Canadians can share the story of their growth and continued contribution to the prosperity of all Canadians.

To view the video please go on-line towww.ccab.com

While you are there, learn more about how your business could benefit from membership to the CCAB and check out their calendar of upcoming networking events near you.



*First Nations Stories Dominating the News:*

*Debora Steel, with files from Mike Watts, September 30, 2014*


Port Alberni —

"Six years in Ottawa. That was enough," said A-in-chut Shawn Atleo today at
Maht Mahs. "Six winters in Ottawa, that was enough," he laughed. "I'm
really happy to be home. I'm very happy to be home."

A-in-chut, Ahousaht Ha'wilth and former national chief of the Assembly of
First Nations, was stood up this morning by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal
Council and wrapped in a blanket, paid tribute to for his hard work on
behalf of Nuu-chah-nulth-aht, and First Nations in British Columbia and
across Canada.

"We thought it was really important to hold up one of our own," NTC Vice
President Ken Watts told the delegates gathered for the organization's
annual general meeting Sept. 30. NTC wanted to remind A-in-chut of where he
came from, that there are many people here that support him.

"Whatever [his] choices are in life and whatever [he's] been through, we
always stand behind A-in-chut and the amazing work that he has done on
behalf of our people."

Watts said that A-in-chut has inspired many young people in Nuu-chah-nulth
communities. "It's not too often that we see a Nuu-chah-nulth person on TV
representing thousands in hundreds of communities." Watts described Atleo
as a role model and mentor who has carried himself in a good way according
the principle of iisaak (respect).

"I really want to acknowledge A-in-chut for the way he has walked upon this
earth." Watts wants A-in-chut to remember that "we are all here to support
you as Nuu-chah-nulth. We are all here to stand by you and walk with you."

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Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and Dignitas International have joined together in recruiting for a Community Health Co-Ordinator position. You can view the job description and how to apply on the website www.slfnha.com.

*1-**Ottawa buries official statement criticizing UN conference for giving
Indigenous people too much power

*Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Sept 24 -* Ottawa didn't think much of
the high-profile UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples' outcome
document and quietly posted an official statement outlining its displeasure
in a back corner of its website. The statement is posted under Foreign
Affairs' website for the Permanent Mission of Canada
the United Nations. It's not easy to find on the website as it's not
highlighted on the front page
It can be found first by clicking through a section on "Canadian
Statements" and then the section subtitled "Statements on Human Rights."

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Scott Haldane, CEO, YMCA and Chair, Commission on Aboriginal Education has advised us that he is available to speak to Rotary clubs or other organizations to hear about his work. You can reach him by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you, Scott, for helping "spreading the word".