Indigenous Procurement Questionnaire

The questionnaire was open between February 9 and February 26, 2024, and has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded. We encourage Indigenous businesses or individuals to provide further feedback at


Program Purpose

As part of The City’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, we are working to reduce barriers and improve the capability for Indigenous-owned businesses to sell their products and services to The City. Currently, we are developing an Indigenous Procurement Program to contribute to the social and economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while maintaining The City’s compliance with public procurement law. The Program is being developed by The City’s Supply Management business unit, with support from Indigenous Relations Office division, and will be shaped by input from Indigenous communities.

This is the current priority initiative of the Social Procurement Program. The success of the program will be achieved through education, awareness and relationship-building.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information from the Questionnaire will be analyzed and summarized in to a What We Heard report. Learnings from the report will be used to create strategies (such as training strategies) to level the playing field for Indigenous businesses to sell to The City of Calgary.

The Indigenous Procurement Working Group who guided the co-creation of this Questionnaire consisted of members from the Treaty 7 Nations, Métis Nations, and urban Indigenous communities.

If you are a member of an Indigenous business and are interested in finding out what City purchasing opportunities are available to you at this time, please visit our Process to Sell to The City of Calgary.

Program Approach

Program Approach

Baseline - Analyze - Engage​

  • Understanding where we are today.


  • Building the Indigenous Procurement Strategies.

​Communicate, Inform, Collaborate​

  • Information sharing, awareness and relationship building with potential suppliers.


  • Implement the strategies with internal and external parties.

Engaging Indigenous Business Communities

The Indigenous Procurement Program is engaging with Indigenous business communities in multiple ways, with a commitment to listening and learning. The input we gather will be used to inform the Program’s creation and develop strategies that reduce barriers and improve capabilities of Indigenous-owned companies to participate in The City’s procurement process.

Working group sessions are currently underway and will be concluded by the end of Q2 2024. The Indigenous Procurement Input Questionnaire is now closed. We thank the Indigenous business community for providing your input. Your voices have been heard, and we are now in the process of compiling a What We Heard Report to summarize the feedback. This report will be available in Q2 2024 and will inform the development of strategies in support of the Indigenous Procurement Program.

Now that the questionnaire has closed, we encourage Indigenous businesses or individuals to provide their feedback to

Next Steps

The input summarized in the What We Heard Report will be used by Supply Management, specifically the Indigenous Procurement team, to inform the development of the Indigenous Procurement program. Supply Management will continue to listen to the voices of the Indigenous business community throughout the program’s growth. Outside of formal engagement activities, we are always happy to receive feedback at

The next stage of the program is the Strategies development, which will take place from Q2-Q4 2024. As decisions are made based on the input that has been provided, more information will be made available and Indigenous businesses will have opportunities to validate the feedback we received.