Toronto, ON, June 30, 2016 – The National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) are joining forces in a unique project to strengthen Aboriginal Trustees in the stewardship of their trust investments in ways that meet their financial goals and reflect their traditional values.
“NATOA is committed to taking a leadership role in ensuring that the best possible information about responsible investment policies and practices are available to Aboriginal Trust Officers and their communities,” says Mark Sevestre, NATOA President. “Supporting NATOA’s mandate shows the commitment of SHARE in doing their part in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations, promoting Canada’s role in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and providing concrete options and information for our communities.”
The project will also develop guidance for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal investment decision makers on incorporating reconciliation into investment decision-making and stewardship activities in ways that promote the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“Building investment practices that have a positive impact on Aboriginal peoples and Aboriginal communities is important to all investors. We look forward to exploring with NATOA how responsible and prudent investment can respect Aboriginal cultural and traditional values and respond to Canadian society’s commitment to reconciliation,” says Peter Chapman, Executive Director of SHARE.
SHARE is a Canadian leader in responsible investment services, research and education for institutional investors and offers proxy voting, shareholder engagement and consulting services, education and timely research that help investors integrate environmental, social and governance issues in the investment management process.
NATOA is a charitable organization, and is committed to providing the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada with the resources and information that will help them efficiently create, manage, and operate trusts as a means to ensure the seven generations yet unborn can benefit from the goals and dreams of the present generation. NATOA’s goal is to be a highly professional and relevant resource for the Aboriginal Peoples in becoming self-sustaining and vital economic communities.