Economic development is an important element in the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) mandate. AANDC works to increase First Nation, Inuit and Métis participation in the workforce across Canada. This benefits Aboriginal individuals, families, communities, employers and the Canadian economy as a whole.
AANDC's economic development programs provide funding to community organizations (or organizations they designate). These organizations use the funding for their economic development projects and the delivery of services to community members. The Department also encourages both the private and public sectors to add First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples to their current workforce, and promotes the use of Aboriginal businesses for federal government supplies and services.