Reconciliation Action Plans and the Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program

Organizations of all sizes and across sectors are also seeking certification through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program. The use of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) is a leading practice for corporations responding to Call to Action #92. 

Rise is highly experienced and committed to supporting clients to develop RAPs and achieve PAR certification. We design approaches recognizing that strategic planning for Reconciliation and inclusion takes intent and time. 

Established in 2001, the PAR Program includes an online management and reporting tool that supports participating companies’ efforts towards progressive improvement in Indigenous relations and a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Indigenous relations at the bronze, silver, or gold level.  

The PAR Program provides a high level of assurance through the independent, third-party verification of company reports on measurable outcomes and initiatives in four performance areas: Leadership Actions, Employment, Business Development, and Community Relations (Engagement and Support). 

Our relevant strengths include knowledge and experience in: 

  • Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation 
  • Indigenous inclusion 
  • Indigenous community relations 
  • Economic development 
  • Workforce
  • Culture
  • Supply chain management 
  • Sustainability and ESG
  • Marketing and communications 
  • Cross-sector experience including energy, real estate, tourism, higher education, professional services, municipal and government agencies
  • Strategic planning and program development 
  • Program governance and operating structures 
  • Policies and procedure development and implementation 
  • Training and engagement 
  • Goals, target, metric and KPI development and performance reporting 

With a focus on Reconciliation, our practitioners can assist with: 

  • RAP development and implementation
  • RAP evaluation and improvement 
  • PAR certification support 

How this advances Reconciliation and Indigenous inclusion in our everyday: 

  • Governance and operating structures 
  • Performance tracking against targets using KPIs and data analysis 
  • Management engagement in Indigenous relations