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April 29, 2022

Indigenous Prosperity Forum Set to Gather Indigenous Dreamers, Creators, and their Supporters in the National Capital Region

April 29, 2022 –The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association is set to reConnect the network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions it represents with partners and Indigenous economic stakeholders for 2022’s Indigenous Prosperity Forum.

In its third year, and after a postponed 2021 event, the Forum is set to gather the diverse Indigenous economic community from May 4-5 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, QC.

This year’s theme is “reConnecting – Investing in the Return to Indigenous Prosperity” and includes discussions around the increased barriers Indigenous entrepreneurs have been experiencing, will continue to experience, and how we can continue to break down even more of them through innovative solutions that allow Indigenous entrepreneurs and economies to thrive.

This year’s lineup reflects the diversity of the clients, communities, and partners NACCA and the AFIs support and work with, from 11-year-old Kitigan Zibi entrepreneur Mya Beaudry off to an early start on her career to the retiring Bank of Canada’s Deputy Governor Lawrence L. Schembri reflecting on his, and many in between, including:

  • Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu
  • 2022 Juno-nominated Inuk Opera Singer Deantha Edmunds
  • International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Minister Mary Ng

  • Business Development Bank of Canada President and CEO Isabelle Hudon
    • The newly-formed National Indigenous Youth Business Advisory Council
      • Farm Credit Canada CEO and President Michael Hoffort

“Indigenous businesses still need all of our support as we look towards recovering together,” says NACCA CEO Shannin Metatawabin. “Our lending network will continue to accompany Indigenous entrepreneurs on that path, providing the capital and care they need to prosper. Our members are crucial links between Indigenous entrepreneurs and markets and government along the quest for economic reconciliation.”

The 2022 Forum will be co-hosted by Pow Wow Pitch’s Sunshine Tenasco and NACCA’s own André Jetté, who will also help facilitate important discussions around NACCA’s recently-launched Indigenous Growth Fund and Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Program, and topics such as Innovations in Indigenous Financing and moving from Pandemic to Prosperity.

Another highlight will be the Indigenous Prosperity Gala and presentation of the AFI and Indigenous Business Awards on the evening of May 4, 2022.

With support from Indigenous Services Canada, all First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and partners in economic reconciliation are invited to join in-person or virtually for an event NACCA hopes will help kick off a return to gathering and provide an opportunity to start healing and recovering, together.

For more information about the Indigenous Prosperity Forum, please visit NACCA.CA/FORUM.

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(This Press Release is also available as a PDF)

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