Looking forward together, we need to stand up to those who seek to divide us and commit to accelerating and celebrating the thousands of ongoing relationships and partnerships between business and Indigenous communities.– Greg D’AvignonPresident and CEO of the Business Council of BC
First Nations across the country are building relationships and partnerships that are bringing us back into control of our own destiny ... the shutting down of vital infrastructure is only setting the cause back and making a better tomorrow that much farther out of grasp.Dallas SmithPresident of Nanwakolas Council
Uncertainty is the Achilles’ tendon for communities and provinces. We need our leaders to stand up to the forces that seek to divide us as Canadians.Lori AckermanMayor of Fort St John
Without a clear path forward, peoples’ livelihoods, our communities and the economy will continue to be negatively impacted. We need strong leadership that will unify our country and move forward towards a brighter future that will benefit all Canadians.Bridgitte AndersonPresident and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
We ask the Federal and Provincial authorities to implement fair, meaningful government-to-government working relationships with Indigenous peoples.Wilf AdamLake Babine Nation
The reality is that Canada has become a difficult place to get things done. We, as a nation, cannot continue to be divided on issues that affect the prosperity and well-being of Canadians.Adam LeggePresident of the Business Council of Alberta
The people with the most to lose in this moment are average, hard-working Canadians. We’re going to create a platform to amplify these voices and prove to ourselves, as a nation, that Indigenous prosperity, economic sustainability and a healthy environment can be achieved.Val LitwinPresident and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce
We have to find our way out of this mess and back to a place where compromises are made for the good of the country. The moderate middle needs a stronger voice.Laura JonesExecutive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Canada is now being labelled a place where it is simply too difficult to get things done, or worse, a place where regulatory approvals and stakeholder agreements are not worth the paper they are printed on.Chris GardnerPresident, Independent Contractors and Businesses Association
We have a responsibility to share our abundant energy resources with the rest of the world. In the process, we can demonstrate that Canada is a great place to conduct business and change the lives of indigenous and northern communities.Peter ZebedeePresident and CEO, LNG Canada
We, as Canadians, need to remember that the things that unite us are much stronger and more enduring than those things that divide us.Chris BloomerPresident and CEO, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
Canada is a world leader not only in climate policy, but also in oil and natural gas production. And yet, Canada has an ongoing inability to see major projects through to success.Tim McMillanPresident and CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Canada's Indigenous leaders, communities and businesses want to move forward
Confidence in Canada is a group of millions of concerned Canadians from Indigenous Nations, communities, businesses and organizations from coast-to-coast and all walks of life.
Together we want to ensure Canada remains an attractive place to invest, work and raise our families for generations to come.
What's at stake for our country?
A growing chorus of business, Indigenous and community leaders are calling for a commitment to certainty and future prosperity following weeks of economic disruption.
Rail blockades and challenges with respect to numerous significant infrastructure projects representing billions of dollars of investment are symptoms of very serious problems requiring urgent action.
Blockades have caused havoc and uncertainty in people’s lives, relationships and supply chains and have negatively affected a quarter of Canada’s small business owners.
More broadly, uncertainty about the timeliness of decision making around major projects and whether decisions, once made, count for anything has become a serious problem. Billions of dollars that could have supported well-paying jobs, reconciliation for all Canadians, and the means to improve Indigenous and non-Indigenous health care, education and other important social goals have been sacrificed.
Compromise and common purpose are key to the functioning of democracy. We must continue to build an inclusive economy and society for all Canadians—and cannot allow a handful of uncompromising minority voices to undermine this collective progress.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders have had considerable success working toward economic reconciliation. Events of the past few weeks clearly demonstrates that more needs to be done.
Now is the time for all Canadians to stand together to build a modern, competitive, sustainable country – one which continues economic reconciliation with Indigenous people; one which balances economic growth with environmental protection by providing a practical, realistic and achievable regulatory framework; and, one which promotes an inclusive and prosperous society based on respect for all Canadians.
This must begin with strong leadership by federal and provincial authorities to restore order without further delay. It continues with a strong focus on the foundations required of a modern economy, including ensuring clear pathways for projects to get to timely decisions that can be respected.
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