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Indigenous Reconciliation Program: LaFlesche receives a grant from the DND for Indigenous reconciliation and participation in CANSEC 2024

Updated: Jul 4

Indigenous defence participationat CANSEC

LaFlesche is thrilled to announce we were recently awarded a prestigious grant from the Department of National Defence's Indigenous Reconciliation Program. This funding enabled us to actively participate in CANSEC 2024, Canada's largest global defence and security trade show held in Ottawa, supporting our mission to foster meaningful reconciliation and enhance Indigenous representation in the defence sector.


The Indigenous Reconciliation Program, launched by the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, aims to support better collaboration between Indigenous communities and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). With an annual investment of up to $1.5 million over the next four years, the program encourages dialogue, engagement, and consultation on defence projects and activities.


LaFlesche team on the floor at CANSEC
LaFlesche supporter, Katie McGowan (left), and Kahnawà:ke elder, Mike Thomas (right), at CANSEC 2024.

At CANSEC 2024, LaFlesche proudly showcased our advanced manufacturing capabilities and our commitment to sustainable practices. The grant enabled us to attend the trade show and produce professional materials that highlighted our services, including custom plastic injection molding, CNC machining, prototyping, and advanced materials manufacturing. Crucially, it also made it possible for us to bring our esteemed advisors and elders to the event. Their participation enriched our presence, providing invaluable insights and helping to represent Indigenous defence vendor interests as a whole.

One of the most significant outcomes of our attendance was the opportunity to meet with other Indigenous stakeholders in the defence sector. These conversations marked the beginning of an exciting network and collaborative effort aimed at both supporting Canada's defence sector and improving Indigenous inclusion within it. This emerging network promises to foster greater cooperation and shared success among Indigenous businesses and the broader defence industry.

Indigenous defence manufacturing business
The LaFlesche team meeting CCIB Vice President, Philip Ducharme, and receiving Indigenous defence vendor certificate.

As one of only a few Indigenous defence manufacturing companies in Canada, our team was honoured to engage with industry leaders, government officials, and potential partners, emphasizing the importance of Indigenous inclusion in defence procurement and projects. The support from the Indigenous Reconciliation Program has been instrumental in promoting our capabilities and reinforcing our position as a trusted partner in the defence and aerospace sector. Further, it allowed us to meaningfully contribute to the broader goal of Indigenous advancement and reconciliation.

After CANSEC 2024, we remain hopeful for the future and committed to continuing this collaborative journey, fostering sustainable development and creating opportunities for Indigenous communities across Canada.


We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Department of National Defence and the Honourable Anita Anand for their dedication to Indigenous collaboration and reconciliation. Together, we are building a future where Indigenous knowledge and modern technology coalesce to create a prosperous and inclusive Canadian defence industry.


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