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Our Partners


“The New Zealand High Commission is pleased to be part of this initiative to bring together Indigenous Professionals. 

You have my personal commitment to the project.”



HE Martin Harvey,

New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada

“The High Commission of Canada is pleased to see INDIGI-X bring together Indigenous leaders from both sides of the Pacific.


We look forward to working with all partners to expand this exchange over the coming years.”


Nicolas Sabourin,

Acting High Commissioner of Canada to New Zealand

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Program Overview

The program will take place via Zoom for 1 - 2 hours every week for a period of four weeks.  Meetings are held on weekends (Saturday afternoons in Canada and Sunday mornings in New Zealand) so as to not interfere with work schedules.  The session facilitators will be Raylene Whitford and Chris Karamea Insley as sponsors from Canada and New Zealand.

The meetings are structured to facilitate connections between the professionals in both countries.  Participants will be invited to form groups of 3 or 4 and develop a response to an issue which is related to commerce, such as:

“What are some of the key similarities and differences in the path of Indigenous economic growth in both countries?  What learnings can be shared?”

“What opportunities has the pandemic presented for Indigenous communities and commerce?”

“What messages can we share with industry and government in relation to the importance of Indigenous participation in commerce?”

“What can we do to support the development of the next generation of Indigenous Professionals?”

A series of reports highlighting the key messages and recommendations will be created by each of the working groups.  A formal report will be drafted after the final presentations during week 4 and distributed to industry and government.

The inaugural cohort began on 26 / 27 June 2020 and the final presentations were held on the 17 / 18 July 2020.

The date of the next cohort is TBA - please subscribe to our mailing list to be informed of program developments.

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