2021 · volume 2

President's Message

Boozhoo, members!

We hope your families & communities enjoyed a safe, restful holiday.

Our New Year began under a second lockdown, and we know that many of our members are experiencing the stress of closures and adjustment to remote or online communications. If your business is needing support, be sure to look at the linked NADF video featuring Director Brian Davey to learn about what services and emergency funding may be available for your organization

Despite these troubles, we are beginning this year with a strong presence. We are working alongside the conservation through Reconciliation Partnership to host a series of webinars about Carbon offsets and Indigenous leadership in Conservation. Our first webinar was very successful, and miigwetch to the over 350 people who attended to learn more! We hope to see you all at the next webinars, which will be announced soon.

Director Steven McCoy is currently assisting the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Vaccination Support Team, and you’ll find an update about this important work as well.

We at the ABPA will continue to advocate for our First Nations businesses and entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario, and we are confident that we will be able to emerge stronger together. We look forward to bringing our resources tand advocacy to our membership through online gatherings and events, so that we can maintain and grow our networks even during this time of difficulty. We look forward to virtually seeing you, and invite your to share your thoughts with us at




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In the community

Director Steven McCoy, of Gencity Consulting, is working with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Vaccination Support Team to participate in the discussions and planning of how the business sector can support the government with the logistical rollout of the vaccine, everything from storage to distribution to communications. “I was recently contracted by Batchewana First Nation to be Pandemic Coordinator,” explains McCoy, “so I bring a few different perspectives to the table. I have focused on assisting with communications and messaging to help counter much of the false information that’s out there and encourage people to get vaccinated. Early talks have been fruitful, and I look forward to contributing any necessary resources to assist with the vaccine rollout.”

The team is a diverse, multi-sector effort representing close to one hundred businesses and hundreds of thousands of employees from across the province. Read more at

President Jason Rasevych also met with NetNewsledger, as well as Wawaway News, to discuss the ongoing web series co-hosted with the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership. You can view the interview at:

See past webinars here:

Director Brian Davey chats with NetNewsLedger about the vital services NADF offers Indigenous owned businesses, and the emergency funding access they provide to their clients.  View the video at :

Member Minodahmun LP has put out a call for expressions of interest for upcoming work regarding the Greenstone Gold Mines Hardrock project. Businesses and Entrepreneurs from Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek, Aroland First Nation, and Ginoogaming First Nation are invited to contact:

The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association released a Statement in response to the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commision (CEDC) Mining Readiness Strategy. 

The statement can be read at :

President Jason Rasevych also discussed the statement with Lisa Laco on the CBC Superior Morning show. 

The full CEDC Mining Strategy can be read here:


Upcoming Event

The city of S.S. Marie, S.S.M Innovation Centre, NORCAT, iiON and NWO Innovation Centre in partnership with Public Services and Procurement Canada – Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Ontario Region and their Government of Canada partners are hosting a unique event for Northern Ontario business communities. This free virtual event will be held on Thursday March 11, 2021 from 12:30 pm to 4:45 pm may be of interest to business owners, procurement officers, and community leaders. 

For more details and to register:

Funding opportunity

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has expanded their criteria for funded projects and positions for the upcoming year. If your business or organization could benefit from a new staff member while also providing valuable work experience and training. 

For more information on eligibility and applications, visit:

Do you have upcoming news, events, or something to share with the network? Email us for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Benefits of your membership

We provide information sessions and networking events targeting relevant topics and projects for business expansion in Northern Ontario.

We develop best practices for major First Nations development projects and non-First Nations businesses related to procurement policies and human resource polices focused on inclusion.

Members will be the first to know about special discounts on all events and access to new programs for doing business in Northern Ontario

Members will have better access to economic buyers and key decision makers in Northern Ontario through our business directory and special events and conferences.

We Need to hear from you.

Are there topics or areas of interest that you want to learn more about?

Do you know an Indigenous professional who you think our members should hear from?  

What do you want to see from your ABPA membership?

We try to keep an ear to the ground, but Indigenous enterprise is a thriving, growing economy, and there’s always new voices to hear and new faces to see.

 If there is something or someone you would want to see in a seminar, workshop, or networking event, we invite you to get in touch. Feel welcome to pitch us a topic, nominate a speaker, or simply tell us what’s important to you. Let us know…

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Ch-Miigwetch for your support for Indigenous Business!