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Op-Ed: The 2019 Federal Election & its Impact on the Indigenous Economy

by JP Gladu, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Canadians were paying attention to the federal 2019 election issues, and scrutinizing party platforms. We all want our elected government to focus on issues that benefit the planet, the people and the economy. With Indigenous peoples being the youngest, fastest growing demographic in Canada it stands to reason that …

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The Countdown to ABM in Beautiful BC

We’re one month away from ABM Indigenous: Lower Mainland (November 18 – 20) at the Langley Event Centre and we’re thrilled with the powerhouse lineup of impactful people and businesses already matching online. As you know it’s held in partnership with the Township of Langley and the Kwantlen First Nation. They work together and with us to find and promote …

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Time To Get Uncensored

Busting Indigenous Stereotypes Guest Post by Qwastånayå (L. Maynard Harry) Canada’s Indian Act had a catastrophic effect on our Indigenous peoples, hampering their ability to participate in our economy. It also created a rift between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, with Indigenous communities suffering rampant racism. We are all aware of the stereotyping Indigenous people experience that still affect them and …

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The Past Shapes the Present

How Colonialism Impacted the Indigenous Economy in Canada (and still does). Guest Post by Qwastånayå (L. Maynard Harry) It is well known that colonialism has had a devastating impact on Canada’s first peoples. Attempted cultural assimilation almost decimated First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and the consequences have reverberated across generations. If we’re to effect real reconciliation and work with …

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Opening the Door to New Opportunities in the Indigenous Business Space

The last few years have witnessed tremendous growth in the Indigenous economy, with more communities and entrepreneurs involved in land, resource and retail development than ever before. Economic reconciliation has become more than a hopeful catch phase, it is now a reality, and with that comes the need for appropriate and respectful engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses. Advanced Business …

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ABM announces new partnership with Tsuut’ina Nation

We are pleased to share exciting news with the ABM network. We are partnering with the Tsuut’ina Nation to host our 2019 ABM Indigenous: Alberta event at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino near Calgary. ABM Alberta takes place October 21 – 23. ABM Managing Partner Katrin Harry is especially thrilled to confirm this new partnership because, in her words, …

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ABM Announces New Partnership with Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation

Advanced Business Match is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation (MCBC). They will be our co-host for ABM Indigenous: East August 26 – 28, alongside the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). This is an important relationship for our network, as we prepare to facilitate business connections on the traditional lands of …

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2019 Federal Election – A Call to Action for First Nations, Inuit and Métis People from Elections Canada

Our friends at Elections Canada want to ensure every eligible voter can participate in the 2019 Federal Election. Research shows that Indigenous First Nations, Métis, and Inuit electors still face several barriers to participating in federal elections. Elections Canada and ABM are working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and businesses to increase the awareness of the election services available to …

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Case Study for Success: How One Municipality Integrates Economic Reconciliation into its Community Planning

In 2017 we officially partnered with the Township of Langley and the Kwantlen First Nation to produce ABM Indigenous: Lower Mainland at the Langley Events Centre. The partnership has yielded amazing results and relationships that have strengthened our bond and created success for their members and our delegates. The Township was established on the unceded territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, …

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A Picture-Perfect Business Proposition

Creating Visual Identities and Public Art Installations from an Indigenous Perspective For Pictographic’s Peter Arkell, his work is never work. It’s art. He and his team give businesses a visual personality and an engaging brand, with a special focus on helping artists bring their vision to life.  Pictographic is a subsidiary of Səýeḿ,the economic arm of the Kwantlen First Nation. …