Last day to nominate for the 2022 Indigenous Business Award #NominateNowBC 

The 2022 Indigenous Business Award program is open for nominations until midnight, June 30. 

Since 2009, the IBA program has served to identify and recognize successful Indigenous businesses. It honours excellence and celebrates Indigenous business throughout the province. And in doing so, it supports and sustains Indigenous entrepreneurship while inspiring others to strive for the same. 

Any person, group or organization can submit a nomination and business owners can even choose to self-nominate. As long as the business is at least 51% Indigenous owned and operated, is based in BC and has been in operation for at least two years, it qualifies. 

Photo: 2021 Indigenous Business Awardee, Sisters Sage, soap bombs

An independent jury panel representing Indigenous business expertise throughout BC evaluates nominations based on the documentation provided. The panel selects the recipients in the categories of: 

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year 
  • Business of the Year – 1-2 employees 
  • Business of the Year – 3-10 employees 
  • Business of the Year – 11+ employees 
  • Community-Owned Business of the Year – one entity
  • Community-Owned Business of the Year – two or more entities 
  • Business Partnership of the Year

The Indigenous Business Award program aims to cultivate innovation while leveraging mutual interests. It creates an authentic space where collaborative and strategic partnerships can thrive together.  

Nominate a deserving Indigenous business! Awardee recognition gives voice to Indigenous entrepreneurship while modelling success for other aspiring entrepreneurs to follow. Be a part of elevating excellence and inspiring success. Nominations are open until midnight June 30, 2022 at bcachievement.com 

BC Achievement is excited to announce the return of the Indigenous Business Award Gala Dinner where the 2022 recipients will be honoured and celebrated at the end of November in Vancouver!! Stay tuned for more information on ticket sales and event details.  

Elevate excellence in BC and nominate a deserving business! Together we can inspire achievement through recognition. #nominatenowbc #bepartofit #elevateexcellence 

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The dedication of the BC Reconciliation Award recipients shines a light on excellence in reconciliation 

“Reconciliation builds relationships and bridges the gap between two worlds through the efforts of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. By recognizing the truths of past wrongs and showcasing examples of how to make things right, others will be inspired to follow.” BC Achievement Foundation board member Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers 

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in partnership with the BC Achievement Foundation, recently announced the recipients of the second British Columbia Reconciliation Award. 

The award recognizes six extraordinary individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia, or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts. 

The awardees are: 

Individual Recipients:  

Organization Recipients:  

The British Columbia Reconciliation Award draws inspiration from the work of the Honourable Steven Point [Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl], 28th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and a founder of the Award. His hand-carved red cedar canoe, Shxwtitostel, currently on display at the BC Legislature buildings, was created as a symbol of reconciliation, with the understanding that “we are all in the same canoe” and must “paddle together” to move forward. 

The selection committee for the 2022 British Columbia Reconciliation Award, including representation from Indigenous Elders and leadership, is: 

  • p̓i·q̓, Dr. Christopher Horsethief – Ktunaxa Nation 
  • T’esóts’en, Patrick Kelly – Leq’á:mel Nation 
  • Nicole McLaren – Métis Nation 
  • Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers – Hupacasath Nation 
  • T,łalisam, Kim van der Woerd – ‘Namgis Nation 

Members of the selection committee, along with the Honourable Steven Point, led in the creation and design of the BC Reconciliation Award, ensuring the award was founded on the principles of Indigenous culture and knowledge. 

Congratulations to the awardees on their commitment and leadership. Their reconciliation achievements serve as examples of what can be accomplished by working together with respect, understanding and a common objective. 

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Calling all applied artists and designers, the Carter Wosk Award program is now open for your nominations!

Photo: 2021 Awardee, Nick Purcell, furniture designer

The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design honours excellence in functional art and design. Nominate now for the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design. Whether nominating yourself or another artist, by recognizing the accomplishments of our province’s artists and designers this annual award program pays tribute to exceptional people, doing exceptional work.  

Janaki Larsen calls herself a potter and a mess maker. But to most of us, she’s an incomparable ceramics artist who creates beautiful plates and bowls that elevate functional items into showpieces. 

Her path, like that of many artists the award recognizes, did not start with a plan to be the artist she is today. “I didn’t want to be a potter and I didn’t want to be a painter since that’s what both of my parents did. So, I went into sculpture which led to signing up for a ceramics class because of a leak in my studio. And I had this idea that I wanted to catch this leak in a vessel that would disintegrate onto itself. I sat down on the wheel on the first day and I thought ‘this actually makes sense to me.” 

Photo: 2021 Awardee, Janaki Larsen, ceramist

Janaki’s work is often described as having an energy to it and that comes from the artist working each piece often until it’s at the brink of collapse, and the marks and imperfections are what makes her work unique. Janaki’s art is innovative, but she defines it as re-using or re-working something that already exists, not necessarily creating something brand new. “Innovation is often thought of as inventing something new, instead of working with what we have. Having a material that you can get from your backyard and turning it into something you can use on a daily basis is very exciting.”  

Making something that hasn’t been created before is both a risk and an innovation. For applied artists and designers, that’s often a risk worth taking. Not just for the art they create, but for the impact it has on their greater community whereby they are able to inspire others to take the risk, to be creative and seek innovation. “One of the most amazing things is for people to be inspired to pursue a career that is not the most guaranteed outcome. It’s an amazing feeling to receive an award like this for something that feels quite personal and to realize it has impacted on a larger scale.” 

To all the makers out there, the vulnerability you show by taking the risk to create is applauded and encouraged. Share your creativity and inspire others through your work. #nominatenow for the 2022 Carter Wosk Award Applied Art and Design. Nominations close July 14 at bcachievement.com

Online nominations are also open for two other BC Achievement award programs. Do you or someone you know, fit any of these categories? If so, nominate now!  

Indigenous Business Award – elevates excellence within Indigenous-owned businesses 

Fulmer Award in First Nations Art – celebrates artistic excellence in traditional and contemporary visual arts by First Nations artists. 

Elevate excellence in BC and nominate a deserving individual or business for one of these awards! Together we can inspire achievement through recognition. #nominatenowbc #bepartofit #elevateexcellence 

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The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art  program is now open for your nominations! 

Photo: 2021 Awardee, James Harry, Dream Weaver, collaborative work with Lauren Brevner

The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art  celebrates artistic excellence in traditional and contemporary visual arts by First Nations artists.  

Nominating an artist for this award program whether it’s a self-nomination or one from a third-party, helps elevate excellence. It raises awareness of the good things happening in our communities and inspires innovation, understanding and leadership. Nominating an artist for this award showcases their ongoing initiative, their dedicated commitment to their practice, their tenacity and their excellence in their chosen field. 

One such person who has demonstrated all of the above is 2021 awardee, Squamis/’Namgis artist, James Harry. His story is one of innovation, commitment, and excellence. James grew up in a home where painting, beading and wood carving were normal activities. He moved out of his family’s home at age 17 going from one dead end job to another until he realized he had to make a change for himself. Applying to Emily Carr University was a defining moment for James and opened the opportunity for him to work with his dad, his mentor, Xwalacktun, OBC also a First Nations Art Award recipient. This allowed him to surround himself with art again.  

Photo: 2021 Awardee, James Harry

After years of mentoring, learning and creating, James’ art is celebrated as innovative; he’s translated First Nations art into modern forms, using technology to render drawings, and hiring fabricators to create distinctive art he now creates. “I decided to go into public art because a lot of our land is unceded territory. I really want every piece to be about our ways of thinking.” His large-scale bodies of works can be seen throughout Greater Vancouver – reflecting First nations stories, bringing people together through shared teachings and building understanding. “We’re at a really exciting time right now for Coast Salish Art to be recognized in our city bringing the conversation of Coast Salish art to the forefront.” 

James Harry knows the value of receiving the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art and how that can help inspire others to pursue their dreams. 

“We must continue to inspire the next generation of Indigenous people to pursue their dreams. Showcasing people who took risks and followed their passion will continue to inspire the future generations to do the same.” 

Nominate now for the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art! Nominations are open until July 7, 2022 at bcachievement.com 

Online nominations are also open for two other BC Achievement award programs. Do you or someone you know fit any of these categories? If so, nominate now!  

Indigenous Business Award – elevates excellence within Indigenous-owned businesses 

Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design – honours excellence in functional art and design  

Elevate excellence in BC and nominate a deserving individual or business for one of these awards! Together we can inspire achievement through recognition. #nominatenowbc #bepartofit #elevateexcellence 

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Honour Indigenous innovation and reclamation: nominations are now open for the 2022 Indigenous Business Award program!

Photo: 2021 Awardee, Elijah Mack, Kekuli Cafe Merritt

“Innovation isn’t always about creating new things. Innovation sometimes involves looking back to our old ways and bringing them forward to this new situation.”   The Honourable Murray Sinclair, OC  

Nominate Now!

Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program alumni have long demonstrated strength and resilience while defining their unique styles of entrepreneurship whether it’s as a youth awardee or a repeat awardee.  

Photo: IBA program alumnus, Jacob Beaton, Tea Creek

The incredible journey of the program’s first youth entrepreneur recipient is one such example. Jacob Beaton now leads the work at Tea Creek – whose mission is to ‘is to revitalize the culture of economic interdependence and food production that was a central part of life for Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas’. 

Photo: IBA program alumnae, Carol Anne Hilton, Indigenomics Institute

2013 Outstanding Business Achievement and 2020 Award of Distinction recipient, Carol Anne Hilton whose Indigenomics Institute may have launched as a hashtag but has since evolved into a progressive movement, creating space while propelling Indigenous entrepreneurs to activate the financial architecture of the $100 billion-dollar annual Indigenous economy.

Photo: IBA program alumnae, Inez Cook, Salmon ‘n Bannock

Fellow 2013 alumnae Inez Cook and her outstanding restaurant Salmon ‘n Bannock has been leading the way in the food industry for over a decade, reclaiming Indigenous culinary heritage and recently receiving the Georgia Straight’s Golden Plates 2022 recognition. In 2018, Kukpi7 (Wenecwtsin) Wayne Christian accepted the IBA on behalf of Yucwmenlécwu (Caretakers of the Land) and shared the importance of reconnecting tomorrow’s generations with the cultural practices of the past and the need to walk in two worlds: 

“You’ve got the western science on one side and, on the other side, is our own science, or traditional knowledge…and you need an understanding of both so that the balance is there all the time.  We cannot forget that the knowledge of the land is thousands of years old.”

Photo: IBA program alumnus, Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Yucwmenlécwu, Caretakers of the Land

Indigenous entrepreneurs are leading the way in developing new approaches to business achievement, reclaiming their heritage and practices, supporting their communities and carving a path forward for others to follow.  

June 1 marks the opening of the 2022 Call for Nominations for the Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program. Now in its 14th annual celebration, the program boasts over 200 outstanding models of Indigenous business excellence. Help tell the stories of the reclamation of exceptional Indigenous business practices and achievement throughout the province. The online nomination form is open and BC Achievement staff is ready to assist with the process.  #Nominatenowbc 

2022 Indigenous Business Award Gala is BACK!! 

BC Achievement looks forward to welcoming the recipients and guests to the 2022 Indigenous Business Award Gala planned for late November in Vancouver. Please stay tuned for more details about the return of this long awaited in person celebration! 

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The Mitchells: celebrating six years of the Community Award of Distinction 

Photo (L to R): Dom Bautista, Her Honour, the Honourable Janet Austin Lieutenant Governor of BC, Dr. Faisal Khosa, Amber Anderson, C.C.C.

The 2022 Community Award presentation ceremony held in Victoria on May 10 included not just the current award recipients as there were also a number of program alumni in the room. All six recipients of the Mitchell Award of Distinction gathered together for the first time! 

The annual Mitchell Award of Distinction designation, established in 2017 as part of the Community Award program, recognizes an individual who, through his or her work and volunteer activities, demonstrates an exceptional commitment to elevating the community in which they live, and those who serve it. The recipient has a unique and selfless leadership style that encourages and inspires the full participation of those he or she leads. For each of the last six years, one of the recipients of the Community Award has been selected to receive the Mitchell Award of Distinction designation. 

These outstanding leaders have received the Mitchell Award designation to date: George Laverock (2017), Kim van der Woerd (2018), Ellen Woodsworth (2019), Dom Bautista (2020), Amber Anderson, C.C.C. (2021), and Dr. Faisal Khosa (2022). 

Dr. Faisal Khosa is a leader in reducing systemic barriers. Through hands-on equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism workshops, seminars, and through mentoring he has empowered others to become ambassadors for EDI, ensuring a sustainable legacy of inclusive excellence in BC. 

Chef Amber Anderson’s accomplishments in establishing a culinary training school and café for those living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with the Hope Action Values Ethics (HAVE) Culinary Training Society have had a huge impact on the community. 

Dom Bautista’s commitment to providing equal access to justice through the Amici Curiae Friendship Society (AC) earned him the recognition in 2021. AC’s services are provided on the principle of equal access to justice in response to the challenges that British Columbians face to access legal services.  

Founder of Women Transforming Cities International Society and a two-term Vancouver city councillor, Ellen Woodsworth has served on numerous boards, committees and task forces. An urban consultant and speaker using an intersectional lens, she is a remarkable force for justice, inclusion and equality. 

Kim van der Woerd’s volunteer work with the YWCA has contributed to progress on a multitude of issues: the full engagement of Indigenous peoples in economy and society, women’s health and reproductive rights, the mentorship of young Indigenous professionals, and support for women’s equality. Through her company Reciprocal Consulting, Kim advances culturally responsive evaluation, research and storytelling. 

George Laverock has made a lasting difference through his accomplishments in public broadcasting, arts administration and non-profit governance while mentoring the next generation of musicians. His volunteer involvement with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Canadian Music Centre, to name a few, along with countless hours on numerous boards, has created a legacy for musical arts and culture in British Columbia. 

If you know someone who makes a positive difference in your community, a person who works to make your community strong, compassionate, and vibrant, nominate them for the 2023 Community Award. Entering its 20th year, BC Achievement’s annual Community Award program celebrates the spirit, dedication and outstanding contributions of British Columbians. Join us in telling the remarkable stories of our great province and its peoples and inspire others. Nominations open December 1, 2022.

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June is Nominate Now month 

Photo: Lawrie Mack, 2022 Community Award recipient (far right)

June is Nominate Now  month at BC Achievement.   

It’s almost time to #nominatenowbc and recognize the accomplishments of BC’s entrepreneurs and artists and celebrate extraordinary people doing exceptional work. 

BC Achievement runs five annual award programs that recognize the accomplishments of individuals, groups and organizations in the areas of community leadership, applied art + design, First Nations art, Indigenous entrepreneurship and reconciliation.  

On June 1, 2022 the nominations will open online for submissions to three of these award programs: 

Indigenous Business Award 
Fulmer Award in First Nations Art 
Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design 

For 19 years, BC Achievement has celebrated the province’s finest. The only organization of its kind in Canada to honour entrepreneurs, artists, leaders, visionaries and volunteers. BC Achievement shares the singular stories of these exceptional individuals. 

Photo: Stan Bevan, 2021 Award of Distinction recipient, Fulmer Award in First Nations Art

But it’s always been about more than the individual. It’s about understanding and investing in the communities that carry them, the people and places that make up our province. Every one of our recipients is a conduit for change. The effects of their work rippling outward, building momentum while impacting countless lives. BC Achievement programming sparks a movement that captures the best of BC and carves a path forward for others to follow. 

So, if you know an artist or entrepreneur that fills the bill, or you are one yourself, nominate now for one of the award programs! 

Indigenous Business Award– Elevates excellence within Indigenous-owned businesses. Categories are: Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Community owned; and Business Partnership of the Year. Online nominations for the Indigenous Business Award program are open until June 30, 2022. 

Fulmer Award in First Nations Art– Celebrates artistic excellence in traditional and contemporary visual arts by First Nations artists. The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art nominations are open until July 7, 2022. 

Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design – Honours excellence in functional art and design. The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design is open until July 14, 2022.  

Be part of it — elevate excellence in BC –  and nominate a deserving individual or business for one of these awards! 

Nominations open June 1, 2022 at bcachievement.com 

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Mitchell Award of Distinction recipient,
Dr. Faisal Khosa 

Photo: 2022 Awardee, Dr. Faisal Khosa

Dr. Faisal Khosa is a champion for diversity and inclusion in educational institutions and employment. His remarkable achievements have been commemorated with the Mitchell Award of Distinction as a recipient of the 2022 Community Award. The Mitchell Award of Distinction recognizes Faisal’s unique and selfless leadership that empowers others to lead. His commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has created a lasting legacy in his community and province. 

One of the standout things about Faisal is his passion in seeing his mentees succeed. Despite his busy schedule as an award-winning radiologist, scholar, and clinician-scientist, he provides insightful advice and is always available to provide guidance and support. He often mentors and supports aspiring physicians from developing countries achieve clinical fellowships in Europe, USA, and Canada.  

With more than 240 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, Faisal’s research has catalyzed initiatives to increase the accessibility of higher education and achievement for underrepresented groups including female, refugee, BIPOC and those with physical and mental disabilities. His efforts have produced actionable guidelines for institutions in BC and beyond and helped create an equitable space that allows for inclusion of all students, educators and physicians. 

Photo: Dr. Faisal Khosa, 2022 Mitchell Award of Distinction

Faisal is a leader in reducing systemic barriers. Through hands-on EDI and anti-racism workshops and seminars he has empowered others to become ambassadors for EDI, ensuring a sustainable legacy of inclusive excellence in BC.  

With a purpose to ensure a level playing field, Faisal enables those who have been historically marginalized with the opportunities to shine. He is committed to reducing systemic barriers and it is this devotion to community service and his motivation to help others excel that embodies selfless service.  

He teaches us that equal opportunity leads to inequality and treating everyone equally maintains inequity. Equity and equality while used interchangeably are different entities and lead to dissimilar results. When we treat everyone equally, we treat everyone the same, but when we treat everyone equitably, we focus on individual needs and tailor-made solutions. Equity asks us to acknowledge that everyone has different needs, experiences, and opportunities.  

For more information about Dr. Faisal Khosa, see bcachievement.com  

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2022 Community Awardees Announced 

Photo: Baylie McKnight, 2022 Community Award recipient

The recipients of the 19th annual Community Award were just announced! The BC Achievement Community Award program recognizes extraordinary British Columbians who build better, stronger and more resilient communities. 

Representing communities and interests from around the province, the recipients are examples of dedication and service. Their contributions to their organizations, neighbourhoods, and communities are invaluable and life-changing.  

The 2022 Community Award recipients are:  

Carol Camille, Lillooet 
Jim Good, Prince George  
David He, Burnaby
Herman Ho, MB, AdeC, Vancouver 
Dr. Faisal Khosa, Vancouver  
Chin uook Kim, New Westminster 
Suresh Kurl, Richmond  
David Amrik Lau, Saanichton 
Lawrie Mack, Invermere
Baylie McKnight, Victoria 
Anders I. Ourom, Vancouver
Carmen Rosen, Vancouver 
Kamal Sharma, Surrey  
Robert Tanaka, Coquitlam  
Dr. Tracey Thorne, Gabriola Island 
Charissa Tonnesen, Tumbler Ridge
Dr. Vivian W. L. Tsang, Vancouver 
Wayne White, Courtenay
Sqwulutsultun William Yoachim, Nanaimo  
Anthony and Nancy Yurkovich, Richmond 

The recipients were selected by an independent committee, whose 2022 members include Mayor Maja Tait of Sooke, Mayor Clara Reinhardt of Radium Hot Springs, and past recipients Aisha Amijee and Kal Dosanjh.  

“The past two years have been challenging for all of us. It’s heartening to see these community leaders, visionaries, innovators and volunteers continuing to work to make the world a better place while lighting a path of achievement for other British Columbians to follow.” Anne Giardini, OC, OBC, QC, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. 

The Mitchell Award designate of the Community Award is selected by the BC Achievement Foundation Board in consultation with the local community. The award recognizes an individual who, through their work and volunteer activities, demonstrates an unwavering commitment to elevating people around them. This year’s Mitchell Award of Distinction recipient is Dr. Faisal Khosa, a mentor, educator and advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion, whose selfless leadership style empowers others to lead and excel.  

“This year’s Community Award recipients have supported their communities during exceptionally difficult times and are an inspiration to us all,” says Premier John Horgan. “They have dedicated their time and energy to helping their friends and neighbours, and British Columbia is a better province because of them.” 

The 2022 Community Award recipients will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony held in Victoria, BC, this month in the presence of the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Each awardee will receive a certificate and medallion designed by BC artist Robert Davidson, OC. They will also be celebrated through an online campaign #shinethelightbc to commemorate their excellence and inspirational achievements positively impacting British Columbians.  

You can read about each of these awardees and their accomplishments at bcachievement.com 

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FIVE Reasons to Nominate an entrepreneur for the 2022 Indigenous Business Award 

Photo: 2021 Awardee, Steven Stark, Tsawwassen Shuttles Inc.

While the past two years have been tough for all BC businesses with COVID shifting the economic landscape, Indigenous businesses throughout the province have demonstrated their respective resilience in remarkable ways. Indigenous businesses help generate cultural resurgence and build significant socio-economic opportunities across the province, and it’s important to recognize their efforts and strengths. The IBA program provides a platform for these successes while modelling best practices. 

For the past 13 years, the IBA program has represented Indigenous entrepreneurship from throughout the province, honouring and sharing the impact of over 200 businesses recognized for their excellence. Starting June 1, nominations will open for the 2022 Indigenous Business Award (IBA) program, marking its 14th annual presentation. Here are five reasons to nominate, from IBA’s most recent alumni. 

Five Reasons to Nominate for the Indigenous Business Award 

ONE: Instilling a sense of pride 

I feel it is very important to acknowledge excellence in Indigenous business entrepreneurship because with positive encouragement it inspires and motivates people to want to strive to do a good job, they feel pride in what they are doing which in turn builds strength in oneself to take their visions and grow to see where it will take you. 

Sandra Malone, Thunderbird RV Park & Cottage Resort, 2021 Alumni 

TWO: Creating possibilities

People like me are making a difference and encouraging other companies to make space for growth. I know for myself I have proven that anything is possible, knowing what it’s like to live on the streets and be affected by trauma, to begin rising up spiritually and create opportunities out of nothing; so winning this award for our people shows anyone can do it.  

Steven Stark, Tsawwassen Shuttles Inc., 2021 Alumni 

THREE: Inspiring entrepreneurship

The light you shine on this business and others is an important beacon for other Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to begin their journey of a lifetime.  

Bob Joseph, Indigenous Corporate Training, 2021 Alumni 

FOUR: Benefits to local communities and the province

When we raise each other up, everyone benefits. Business is an opportunity for everyone to provide value to the community in the way that they know best. The more we can encourage entrepreneurship, the bigger benefit to everyone in our local communities, province and country.  

Keenan Beavis, Longhouse Media, 2020 Alumni 

FIVE: Representation matters

It is crucial to acknowledge excellence, and increase Indigenous representation, in the business and entrepreneurship space. Representation matters. The more Indigenous businesses that are successful, the more inspiration there will be for up-and-coming Indigenous entrepreneurs to pursue their entrepreneurial path. The more stories of resilience, strength and innovation that are shared from Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs the more we as a society shift the narratives of trauma and deficit that are often at the forefront of news stories amid ongoing anti-Indigenous racism that exists in our country.  

Leigh Joseph,  Skwalwen Botanticals, 2020 Alumni 

#nominatenowbc 

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