SASKATOON, Nov. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - The Aboriginal Human Resource Council of Canada (AHRC) today announced its new name, Indigenous Works, and expanded mandate to foster the development of Corporate-Indigenous partnerships. Founded in 1998 in response to the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, AHRC was mandated with improving the inclusion and engagement of Indigenous people in the Canadian economy. "For nearly 20 years, we have worked with companies and organizations to strengthen their performance and results in Indigenous employment, workplace engagement and inclusion. Partnerships are key to developing the right relationships and generating better results. Indigenous Works is uniquely positioned to address relationship building and respond to the growing need for stronger partnership development between Indigenous-owned enterprises and corporate Canada," says Kelly Lendsay, President and CEO of Indigenous Works. "It is also timely given calls by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Government of Canada to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples for the betterment of Canadian society and our economy." "We have always been recognized nationally for our leadership in workplace inclusion and facilitating stronger Indigenous inclusion strategies in Canadian corporations. Our new name reflects our expanded vision by helping partnerships between Canadian companies and Indigenous organizations work better," explains Kelly Lendsay, President & CEO. "To that end, we continue to assess and benchmark the readiness of potential partners and work with them to shore up partnership capacity and cultural competency on each side; identify gaps; help them avoid risks that could compromise the relationship; and provide support to the partnership down the road." According to Lendsay, Canadian companies and Indigenous-owned enterprises often face unanticipated barriers to developing strong partnerships. A lack of internal capacity to foster and support the partnership, combined with weak intercultural understanding and competency, are common challenges that derail many partnerships, leading to a breakdown in the relationship and lost economic opportunity.