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An Indigenous Entrepreneur Experience: Jarid & Ace

Where are you from? “I grew up in Victoria. My family is from Alert Bay though; everyone started moving away when fishing and logging stopped. I grew up in Victoria my entire life, but obviously always went back to Alert Bay to visit my granddad, go to potlatches and play in soccer tournaments, that kind of stuff. My dad used …

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A Conversation About Indigenous Entrepreneurship

The following conversation is between Ace Harry and Ron Calliou. I’ve always subscribed to the idea that capitalism has a lot to learn from Indigenous cultures. Relationships based on deep reciprocity, respect, and integrity sound pretty good, right? I found myself sharing this sentiment during a conversation with Onotinikew Business Group President, Ron Calliou. “There’s huge importance , especially right …

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“It’s Important To Collaborate and Connect. Our Futures Depend On It.”

The K’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation (KEDC) was created in 2014 to capitalize on a strong desire by its Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw people in Port Hardy, BC, to grow opportunities for their community members. KEDC’s mandate is to investigate and realize revenue, prosperity, skills and development to the community, creating, operating and supporting businesses that will be profitable, environmentally sustainable …

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People Supporting People: One Entrepreneur’s Story Of How ABM Connected Her To Success

When Cree8iv Collaboration founder Sharon Marshall came to ABM Indigenous: Vancouver Island this year, she hoped to establish some business relationships to help her move her new program forward. The event exceeded her expectations when she left with sponsorship secured – sponsorship that allowed her to begin helping Indigenous women forge a new career. Sharon recently founded the Digital Executive Virtual …

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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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Time To Get Uncensored

Busting Indigenous Stereotypes 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 can hinder …

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The Past Shapes the Present

How Colonialism Impacted the Indigenous Economy in Canada (and still does). 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 Indigenous communities …

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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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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, …