The following diagram sets out the elements of a good policy, strategy and operational tactics for developing an overall approach to Aboriginal procurement:

First Steps

Developing the business case for Aboriginal procurement and setting the organization’s goals, and determining the impact of the policy and goals on the organization and all stakeholders is key. Developing strategies for implementing an Aboriginal procurement policy, which would include setting targets, timeframes, roles and responsibilities, and following through with implementing leads to operational tactics. Operational tactics would include assessing the requirements for Aboriginal suppliers, issuing specifications, promoting specific requirements while soliciting tenders, selecting specific Aboriginal suppliers, and finally, managing and supporting the performance and delivery from the suppliers.

Considerations in Developing the Business Case for Aboriginal Procurement

The Business Case for Increasing Aboriginal participation in the Electricity Sector’s supply chain may include the following social, legal and environmental considerations:

  • Overall supplier diversity – developing a responsive and responsible Procurement policy
  • Total cost of ownership (TCO) – taking a holistic approach to assessing the costs of procuring a good or service, which is different from a traditional price-only focus
  • Social license – an approach to making and marketing goods and services that is inclusive of the communities purchasing within the market and those affected by the market
  • R&D /innovation/ Supply by Design – proactively designing the supply of a good or service that makes the most efficient and effective use of resources
  • Corporate social responsibility – ensuring that social, legal and environmental concerns are addressed and provided for throughout the whole design, development and delivery of a good or service
  • Customer relations – developing good customer and consumer relations with all affected parties, including all internal and external stakeholders
  • Duty to Consult – consulting with affected communities, especially Aboriginal and Northern communities, on moral, social, legal and environmental issues when determining the impact of providing a good or service 




SaskPower on Aboriginal Recruitment:

SaskPower on working with Aboriginal businesses:

Manitoba Hydro on Aboriginal Procurement:

BC Hydro on Working with Aboriginals:

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