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|Jul. 28, 2022|
With the arrival of the summer solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day, this time of year we have much to cherish, be thankful for, and celebrate—including the work of the Economic Development Department. Our goal is to improve the economic condition of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people.
To this end, the department launched phase two of the ESDC-funded project “CRGBA Capacity Building for Investment Readiness Partners.” We are also organizing three engagement sessions (originally titled “Commerce and Culture from an Indigenous Perspective: Empowering through Equitable Entrepreneurship”) with over 45 Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people on entrepreneurship and small business ownership.
Through this work, the department is developing an in-depth understanding of our client’s funding needs and the barriers they face in starting or expanding their business.
These sessions will also:
Our department houses another exciting program called #BeTheDrum. This incubator program is funded by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. It was developed to build the skills of Indigenous women entering the sphere of business, management, and entrepreneurship.
To date, we have over 250 members and over 900 participants signed up for our business workshops in 2021. Sessions this year include the following: