In its fourteenth year, the Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program boasts over 200 remarkable businesses within its alumni. The IBA program serves to:
- raise the voices of Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses who are building significant socio-economic opportunities and generating cultural resurgence across the province
- facilitate increased Indigenous representation in the business sector
- create a platform for sharing stories of resilience and ingenuity to help ‘shift the narrative and deficit that are often at the forefront of news stories’ and
- foster strategic partnerships with key stakeholders that lend their support to elevating excellence and inspiring achievement in Indigenous business.
Recognizing Indigenous businesses that are generating economic development opportunities, creating partnerships and shaping communities is a one of the key goals of the IBA program. BC Achievement is privileged to showcase Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs, share their stories of achievement and continue to inspire change. It is the inspiration which defines another goal of the IBA program – as these business success stories lead the way for others to follow.
A film archive dedicated to the IBA program speaks to the ongoing and developing importance of Indigenous business in B.C.’s economy. The archive serves as a resource and learning tool accessible to all through BC Achievement’s YouTube channel.
We are indebted to the program’s sponsorship family who share our collective goals to elevate excellence, share success and, in doing so, inspire change and thank them for their ongoing involvement.
Presented by BC Achievement in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, the IBA program is generously supported by the 2022 sponsorship family. Their commitment elevates the stories of IBA awardees, invests in their achievements while shining a light on business excellence and innovation so others may follow their example.
Indigenous Business awardees serve as examples of resilience and innovation and each entrepreneur delivers a message of hope and optimism for the future. With tenacity, hard work and a passion to reclaim their Indigenous practices, these businesses will continue to be an economic force in B.C. and beyond.
Achievement is defined as strength, courage and skill – and each IBA awardee embodies this in their respective lives. As we consider the time in which we live and its many challenges, IBA program awardees are leading the way, building stronger more engaged communities.
Thanks to our partners, sponsors and supporting organizations for your commitment and investment in the 2022 Indigenous Business Award program. We look forward to celebrating the 2022 recipients at a Gala Dinner presentation in late November in Vancouver.
BC Achievement: Elevate Excellence. Share Success. Inspire Change.