Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - According to a newly released report, Indigenous people in Manitoba contribute billions of dollars to the economy annually.
The report from organizations representing chiefs in the north and south, looks at the impact of the Indigenous economy and of urban reserves in the province.
In 2016, spending by Indigenous people, businesses and governments totalled $9.3 billion.
The data also shows the Indigenous economy also contributed $2.3 billion, or almost four per cent to Manitoba's gross domestic product.
While most of the Indigenous activity in the economy has not been acknowledged up to this point, MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee says the report validates Indigenous people as important contributors to the province.
Brandon University's Rural Development Institute partnered with the Chiefs' Organizations to produce the report.
The report can be read here.