Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship
Indigenous women are and always have been at the very heart of our communities. Entrepreneurship represents a promising pathway for Indigenous women to enrich their lives, strengthen their families, and participate in the development of their communities. Indigenous women are thriving in business despite the additional challenges they face in pursuing their entrepreneurship dreams.
As a key part of the Indigenous entrepreneurship ecosystem and AFI market, Indigenous women are valuable investments for both communities and investors. Indigenous women entrepreneurs make calculated, rational business decisions, seek out services and supports, generate wealth, create job, training, and education opportunities, and become role models within their local communities.
NACCA is committed to increasing the number of Indigenous women engaging in entrepreneurship and business development in Canada. NACCA is building the capacity of the AFI network and developing tools, resources, and supports for Indigenous women to undertake entrepreneurship to build or grow a business.
Vision for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs
We are secure, resilient Indigenous women entrepreneurs who are thriving in businesses that reflect our culture and values, meeting our family needs, and leading communities.
NACCA’s Goal for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs
By 2025, the number of Indigenous women entrepreneurs accessing financing through the AFI network will increase by 50 percent. To achieve this, NACCA and the AFI network will provide tools, resources, and services to Indigenous women entrepreneurs to support their businesses.
Check out our research reports on Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs in Canada
- Summary of Literature Review
- Summary of National Survey Findings
- Report on Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship in Canada
Here are five Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs in Canada who are making a difference:
- Alex Ibbotson – Profile (PDF) – Video
- Bernadette Lavoie – Profile (PDF) – Video
- Helen Bobiwash – Profile (PDF) – Video
- Mona Royal – Profile (PDF) – Video
- Leana Kennedy – Profile (PDF) – Video
For more information, please contact Magnolia Perron, Indigenous Women and Youth Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-688-0894 (ext. 502).