Nominate today…and be part of it! 12 reasons to nominate, elevate, share and inspire

The Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program is a platform for connections and change. COVID-19 has shifted the economic landscape and Indigenous businesses throughout the province have demonstrated their respective resilience in remarkable ways.  

Fostering Indigenous entrepreneurship is an important step towards economic independence. Indigenous businesses help generate cultural resurgence and build significant socio-economic opportunities across the province. The IBA program provides a showcase for these successes.  #nominatenowbc

THE IMPACT – IBA 2009-2020 

Over the past 11 years, the IBA program has represented Indigenous communities from throughout the province, honouring and sharing the impact of almost 200 businesses.

Let’s take a look at the 12 Reasons to Nominate Now! 

ONE: 2020 Nene Kraneveldt – 2019 Alumni  

“Now more than ever we need to create space to lift people up and celebrate the cycle breakers and change agents that are creating a path for a better future. As a recipient of an IBA award, I am grateful for the new opportunities, friendships and recognition that have been afforded to me.”

TWO: 2019 Carol Anne Hilton – 2013 Alumni 

“Tonight’s awardees reflect the achievements of Indigenous Business in BC. Their efforts are accelerating the Indigenous economy. In doing so they are improving lives, fueling economic growth, furthering reconciliation, and providing a growing young workforce with opportunity. Success breeds success and recognizing Indigenous organizations builds awareness of Indigenous leadership, models a path for others, and inspires further success. This is Indigenomics in action. This leadership contributes to the possibility that a 100 billion-dollar Indigenous annual economy can happen by 2024.” 

THREE: 2018 Chief Wayne Christian – Community Owned Business of the Year Awardee  

“We walk in two worlds – we have the western science and then our own science, our traditional knowledge. We have to have an understanding of both so that there is a balance all the time. I am proud of our young people. Especially those that have challenged themselves to become business owners. They are trying to create their own wealth. They want to be agents of change and make a difference.” 

FOUR: 2017 Chief Gibby Jacob – Award of Distinction, Individual Achievement 

“These stories of business excellence are the continuation of an agenda set by our ancestors, and our people are starting to take hold of the opportunities.” 

FIVE: 2016 Robert Louie – Award of Distinction, Individual Achievement 

“Everyone must benefit from a business deal – we cannot leave anyone behind …follow three rules: walk a straight line and never deviate or go off the path; keep your ego in your pocket; allow things to flow off yourself like water off a duck’s back.”

SIX: 2015 Erica Ryan Gagne – Alumni retrospective film: Where are they now? 

“Receiving the award gave me a voice that people would listen to…it told people something relevant about me and the importance of overcoming struggles.” 

SEVEN: 2014 Wendy John – Closing Remarks, BC Achievement Board Member 

“To the awardees, thank you for creating opportunities that have legacies for our children, for our grandchildren to follow. And, they will be able to share stories about how you broke through, time and time again, to ensure that we have wealth creations in our communities that are based on our values and our traditions.” 

EIGHT: 2013 Erica Ryan Gagne – Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awardee 

“Do you know where I was three years ago tonight? Right where you are now – watching a young woman, just like myself, receiving the young entrepreneur award…I leaned over and said that’s going to be me before my 30th birthday! The IBA is where I was inspired and for that I am grateful. My wish for you is soak it up, enjoy it, charge your batteries, take it home and rub it on your children, tell your cousins and get inspired.” 

NINE: 2012 Doug White – First Nations Leadership Council Awardee Tribute 

“It is a remarkable acknowledgement of what each of these businesses reflects of Aboriginal values, of hard work and giving back to communities. They matter, they are looking after their communities and their families and they are an integral part of the economic success of this amazing province.” 

TEN: 2011 Chief Clarence Louie – Award of Distinction, Individual Achievement 

“This is a WE award and not a ME award which is for the past, the present and the future of our communities. We have proven that we can retain our culture and still do good business.” 

ELEVEN: 2010 Shawn Atleo – Regional Chief BC AFN, Welcome Remarks 

“We cannot underestimate the important of self-sufficiency – and as Leonard George advises – what we are recognizing this year is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’. Wait until you see what is going to be possible next year. Our ancestors were getting on with business and we are rising up and following in their footsteps.”  

TWELVE: 2009 Jacob Beaton – Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Inaugural Awardee

  “I am here today but out of respect for those who have gone before and those who are yet to come. One misconception that really upsets me is that Aboriginal business is a new thing – it’s not. The spirits of the ancestors who are in this land are strong – they were here, and they were conducting amazing businesses and that continued after contact…it’s my duty to encourage all of the leaders to involve youth in your organizations from top to bottom and help develop the leaders of tomorrow.”  #nominatenowbc