However, the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic puts those gains at risk. Indigenous businesses, like everyone in the business world, are being hit hard by the shutdowns. It is more important now than ever to keep building on those gains, and not to let Indigenous businesses be left behind.
“The government through its IPP procurement has helped grow the Indigenous business sector,” IPS Managing Director Kristal Kinsela-Christie said.
“It would be a terrible thing to then let the virus wipe it out. We need cash in our businesses, we need to continue to win work. Government needs to keep buying from Indigenous businesses, keep procurement running, keep the doors open to business.”
Kristal urged government, and anyone else with the resources, to keep buying.
“Focus on the mandatory set-aside, and sole-source directly from Indigenous businesses where possible,” she said.
“This will support our sector, so that we can continue to support our communities.”