Innovation in the Co-operative Sector


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Indigenous Communities

Across Canada, from forestry to fisheries to farming and mining, Indigenous people are playing an increasing role in economic development. Indigenous owned businesses have been growing in number and expanding.

The co-operative approach is a good model for developing enterprises that flourish within Indigenous communities. The values of collaboration, sharing and respect for each other and the land can be central to the business model of an enterprise and ensure that growth is sustainable and community support is strong.

The Kuujjuaq co-operative was the first established in Nunavik, with start-up funds raised through the sale of miniature sculptures which became a symbol of Indigenous handicrafts. Today, relying on retail sales from its store and attached hotel that draws on the hunting and fishing tourism activity, members of the Kuujjuaq take pride and benefit from what their community has to offer.