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Trade and Indigenous peoples

As part of our Trade Diversification Strategy, Canada is advancing an inclusive approach to trade. It seeks to ensure that Indigenous peoples in Canada, and all Canadians, can benefit from the opportunities that flow from international trade and investment.


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Trade agreements and Indigenous peoples: The Canadian approach

Understand what Canada’s trade policy does to assist Indigenous peoples and Indigenous-owned businesses to access international markets.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) case study

How Canada’s engagement with Indigenous peoples on trade policy issues has assisted in informing Canada’s negotiating position.

Indigenous banking and loans

The Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan, through the Indigenous Banking unit at BDC, provides up to $350,000 to business owners and entrepreneurs to start or grow their business, whether they operate on or off reserve.

Indigenous business export support

Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service can help open doors and create opportunities for export-ready Indigenous companies. Get help to plan, execute and support your expansion into global markets and join our Indigenous-focused business delegations, events or initiatives today.

Indigenous peoples and intellectual property

The government of Canada’s Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy includes initiatives aimed at making Canada's IP system more inclusive and reflective of the needs and interests of Indigenous peoples.

Programs and information for Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners

Find more information on government programs to help First Nations, Inuit or Métis business owners and entrepreneurs start up, manage and grow a business, and access financing and other supports.

What we are doing

Indigenous peoples in Canada’s free trade agreements

Indigenous Peoples Economic and Trade Cooperation Arrangement (IPETCA)

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