Spending by Indigenous people, businesses and governments in Manitoba totalled more than nine billion dollars in 2016.

The data was compiled in a report from organizations representing chiefs in the north and south that looked at the impact of the Indigenous economy and of urban reserves across the province.

The report says the Indigenous economy also contributed more than two-billion dollars, or almost four percent, to Manitoba's gross domestic product.

M-K-O Grand Chief Garrison Settee says the report validates Indigenous people as important contributors to the province.