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Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations

The Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations (CCAR) is a networking council within the Indigenous and Northern Communities  knowledge area.

The Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations (CCAR) helps senior-level representatives from public, private, and Aboriginal organizations build and leverage their relationships to better address their objectives. It provides a forum where Canada’s foremost leaders in Aboriginal relations can candidly share their experiences, as well as next and best practices, in a trusted environment.

Membership is composed of corporate-Aboriginal thought leaders and senior representatives from the private and public sectors as well as from Aboriginal organizations—all with a vested interest in building trusted relationships as a foundation for pursuing mutually beneficial outcomes and partnerships.

Key objectives

  • To significantly contribute to the mutual pursuit of dynamic, collaborative, fair and constructive Corporate-Aboriginal relations and interests in Canada.
  • To build trusted relationships as a basis for mutually beneficial partnerships.


“CCAR provides the opportunity for open, candid discussion on a number of issues with practitioners from various sectors and jurisdictions across Canada, resulting in valuable dialogue, debate, problem-solving and information exchange. Membership in CCAR has helped us gain further insight regarding Aboriginal relations and key developments through high quality programming, networking opportunities, and information sharing.”

—Lesley Williams, Senior Manager, Aboriginal and Regulatory Affairs,
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

“The Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations (CCAR) is one of the best forums I have the opportunity to participate in, and it provides a lot of value to my organization. The meetings provide a unique opportunity to thoughtfully and candidly discuss cutting-edge ideas and practical issues with business, government and indigenous leaders from across the country.”

—Justin Huston, Chief Executive Officer,
Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs

“Membership in CCAR is pivotal for institutions like the First Nations University of Canada. It creates a much-needed space where we as educators can network with, and better understand the unique needs and challenges facing, both business and government. This in turn helps us to better prepare the next generation of Indigenous leaders. It also provides an important opportunity to grow and develop our unique partnerships and spark engagement throughout Canada.”

—Dr. Mark S. Dockstator, President,
First Nations University of Canada

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CCAR brochure

Image of the CCAR agenda cover Download the CCAR brochure (PDF)

Contact Us

For more information on how you can participate in the Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations, or for a guest invitation to a meeting, contact:

Stefan Fournier
Director, Indigenous and Northern Communities

Jo-Leen Folz
Network Officer