Look North Indigenous Economy Report

Contributions of Northern Indigenous People to the Manitoba Economy

In northern Manitoba, 73% of the population self-identifies as Indigenous and 52% of the population lives on a First Nation. And yet, little is known about how and how much Indigenous people are contributing to the economy of the North and to all of Manitoba.

This report

  • quantifies spending amounts by Indigenous people in northern Manitoba in order to calculate their contributions to the provincial economy and the economy of the North
  • calculates the GDP of northern Manitoba for the first time
  • examines northern Manitoba’s existing urban reserves, which are growing in importance as a revenue source for First Nations
  • creates projections for First Nations population and labour force in the North