Indigi-X Final Report

Indigi-X Final Report

Tansi and kia ora koutou,

It is with a great deal of pleasure that we proudly present the final report from the inaugural Indigi-X programme – a unique virtual exchange between indigenous professionals in Aotearoa and Canada.

The concept was first developed in May this year, and within just two weeks, the first cohort had been selected, with dozens more added to a waiting list for future programmes.

The first hui was held (virtually) on June 26 and 27, where the team and objectives were introduced. By the second week, six working groups had been developed and were focused on important issues.

The cohort developed and presented their findings to a virtual audience of 72 people in July, including Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand’s Minister of Māori Development, and Hon. Caroline Bennett, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations in Canada.

In total, 18 recommendations have been provided to each Government, with both Ministers agreeing to hold a bilateral meeting to discuss these further.

In short, the inaugural Indigi-X programme has been a resounding success. Everyone involved should be extremely proud of their mahi and efforts to make this concept a reality.

This final report is the living embodiment of a stronger connection between indigenous professionals across our two nations. It is an important step towards building a better future for generations to come – we can’t wait to see where it takes us.


Chris Karamea Insley

View the newsletter and download the report here.



Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB delivers programs that facilitate the growth of Indigenous business, build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous business, and ensure life-long learning for Indigenous entrepreneurs, and other Canadian business leaders. These efforts recognise the central role that Indigenous business and communities hold in the future of Canada.
Our mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities and awareness for all of our members.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Ministry acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.
E mahi ana te Manatū i te Ao kia whai haumaru me te whai rawa mo Aotearoa.
New Zealand’s security and prosperity depend on the conditions in, and our connections with, the wider world. This means we must engage with – and seek to influence – other countries to our advantage, in line with New Zealand’s values and interests including that of Maori.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the government agency charged with helping New Zealand businesses to grow internationally.
We use our extensive knowledge and global networks to help exporters of all sizes make better decisions and connect to the right partners and investors.
We connect international businesses and investors with high-value growth opportunities in New Zealand.
By supporting New Zealand businesses, we boost New Zealand's economy and reputation, and help to share what's special about New Zealand with the rest of the world.

Callaghan Innovation

We are New Zealand's innovation agency. We activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.
We partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, providing a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of growth.
Our people – including more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists and engineers – empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) plays a central role in shaping and delivering a strong New Zealand economy.
Our role is to create better outcomes for all New Zealanders, particularly by supporting business growth.
We are responsible for the delivery of advice, regulation and services that have a real impact on people, businesses and the environment within which they operate.