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Embracing Reconciliation through Indigenous Entrepreneurship
November 9 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm PST
The BCIT School of Business + Media and Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships is inviting you to learn from three Indigenous entrepreneurs who will share their business success stories at this forum. They will also share how they overcame unique challenges facing their businesses and provide advice to business leaders including current and aspiring entrepreneurs. You will receive an email with a Zoom link before the beginning of the session.
- Host – Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at BCIT
- Panel Moderator – Ben Miljure, Journalist CTV News
Ben is a Vancouver-based journalist with CTV News. His career covering residential schools, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and many other issues impacting First Nations peoples has lead him on a journey to explore his own Indigenous roots. Ben is connected to the ‘Namgis First Nation through his mother, who he was recently able to reconnect with after being separated for nearly 40-years.
Meet the entrepreneurs:
- Candace Campo, Owner, Talaysay Tours.
Candace, ancestral name xets’emits’a (to always be there), is a Shíshálh (Sechelt) member from the Sunshine Coast, BC. Candace started her company Talaysay Tours in 2002 and provides indigenous, cultural and outdoor experiences. Trained as an anthropologist and teacher, sharing outdoor education and culture was made possible by growing up on the land and being taught the stories and history of her people by her parents and elders in the community.
- Keenan Beavis, Founder of Longhouse Media.
Keenan is the founder of one of Canada’s largest Indigenous-owned marketing agencies, Longhouse Media. He is passionate about Brazilian jiu-jitsu, business, and economic development through entrepreneurship.
- Mallory Yawnghwe, Creator of Indigenous Box
Mallory is the creator of Indigenous Box, a subscription, gift, and custom box service shipped from Amiskwaciwâskahikan in Treaty 6 territory. The boxes are filled with unique and usable products created and sourced by Indigenous entrepreneurs and artists from across Canada and delivered right to your doorstep.
- Lynn-Marie Angus, Co-founder of Sisters Sage
Winner of Indigenous business of the year, Lynn-Marie Angus is co-founder of Sisters Sage, a female-owned and operated Indigenous wellness brand. Sisters Lynn-Marie and Melissa-Rae Angus use traditional Indigenous knowledge and ingredients to create their handmade soaps, smokeless smudge sprays, salves and bath bombs. Sisters Sage is committed to building an eco-friendly, sustainable and socially conscious enterprise that creates beautiful products packaged in reusable or biodegradable materials. Nurturing and inspiring Indigenous youth and female entrepreneurship is of utmost importance to Sisters Sage.