“WE WANT TO BE SURE TO HAVE THE INTERNAL BUSINESS CAPACITY AND PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL BE THERE TO COLLECT THOSE OPPORTUNITIES ARISING FROM THE DUTY TO CONSULT AND EMERGING CORPORATE PROCUREMENT POLICIES. WHILE WE WORK TO BUILD UP OUR PARTNERSHIP, WE DO SO BY ESTABLISHING CORPORATE ARRANGEMENTS WITH MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT.”
— MYKE AGECOUTAY, PRESIDENT & CEO.
MSBD is tasked with developing systems and support structures that will empower our men and women to engage the opportunities arising from surrounding resource development and major infrastructure projects.
As corporations and governments move to implement procurement policies designed to encourage Indigenous participation, MSBD will work with our partnership to build up a workforce that is capable of meeting the opportunity.
Through our Labour Supply Model, MSBD plans to prioritize employment opportunities for Muscowpetung band members, though the labour force development efforts will be status blind and open to all Indigenous participants who reach out to us. A part of MSBD’s business proposition to partners and stakeholders, is our ability to generate and maintain a robust and ready-to-go Indigenous labour force.
United Nations Declaration
Article 23 of the UNDRIP states the following:
“Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular, Indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining health, housing and other economic and social programmes affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer their own programmes through their own institutions.”
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The ‘United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act’ received royal assent on June 21st, 2021. This Act is now the law of the land and is intended to bring about the full implementation of the UNDRIP. As we move through the process of implementing the UNDRIP, certain considerations arise, such as how do corporate bodies interact with its tenets?
At Muscowpetung Saulteaux Business Developments (MSBD), we take the position that Indigenous and Inherent Rights cannot be superseded by any corporate law and that major multinational corporations must be aware of this important dynamic upon triggering and/or engaging the duty to consult and accommodate (DTC).
At the same time, it is the responsibility of the Crown to ensure that Indigenous peoples rights are not upended by the misinterpretation of rights holder status.
The people of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation will depend upon the proper implementation of the UNDRIP to bring about new economic freedoms in the wake of historic economic suppression.