2021 · volume 7

President's Message

Boozhoo, members!

As we continue to move through the summer, we’ve seen some news worth celebrating from our communities in the historic leadership placements achieved with the appointment of Mary Simon as Governor General of Canada, and the election of RoseAnne Archibald to National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

In further welcome news, Ontario is beginning to open up economically once again, and we hope your organizations, communities, and families are returning to a sense of normalcy and continuing to enjoy good health. To our members and communities affected by the threat of wildfires, we’ve included some updates and resources in this newsletter and we urge you to prioritize your safety. 

We at the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association will be taking a short break from our event activities during August and September, and we look forward to hosting our members and guests again in October with an event alongside our Annual General Meeting. We will be planning ahead to begin our programming in the fall and our next fiscal year, and we invite you to take a few minutes and share with us what topics you would be most interested in hearing about in a speaker series or workshop. You can view and complete our short survey at to leave your feedback.

We will continue to advocate for our First Nations businesses and entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario.




Welcome Anwaatin! Anwaatin is an Indigenous business working with Indigenous communities to participate in planning, energy, and carbon sequestration projects related to climate change action. They bring the best technical expertise to address your climate change challenges and opportunities. They believe that fighting climate change and revitalizing treaty relationships are two paths coming together. 

In the community

Register now for the 2021 Chamber Golf Classic at and start looking forward to reconnecting! Golfers will enjoy 9 holes at beautiful Whitewater Golf Club, activities and networking fun along the course as well as a delicious lunch and networking dinner reception with prizes.

The 35th Annual Chamber Golf Classic:  Thursday, August 12 – 11:30am – 6:00pm  – Whitewater Golf Club

Register Today

A message shared from the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Wildfire smoke can irritate lung conditions and worsen cardiac/heart conditions that you may already have, and can also cause eye irritation, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, and headaches. These mild symptoms can typically be managed by getting yourself out of the smoky area. 

More serious symptoms like dizziness, heart palpitations, severe coughing, and shortness of breath can happen in some people. If you or someone you know experience these contact your nursing station or other health professional as soon as you can.

Congratulations to Tim Carwell  (Beaver First Nation), president of CommAlert group. Carwell was recently recognized by Strathcona Country Awards of Excellence with the Mayors Award for significant contributions to the business community during COVID-19.

Carwell’s two projects, and, provided resources, information, and practical assistance for frontline workers while supporting local business during the pandemic. You can read the full release below.

We are thinking ahead to our AGM and future events. Please take a moment and complete our short survey to let us know what type of topics and speakers you would find valuable at a networking or professional development event. 

Register your business for the Northwestern Ontario Mining directory. The directory is free to use and is the only directory for the exploration and mining sector in Northwestern Ontario.


Starter Company Plus applications are now open!

The program’s goal is to mentor and train local entrepreneurs who are looking to start up, expand or purchase an existing business. Participants complete workshops relating to market research, labour and employment law, insurance, wealth management, and social media marketing.

Blue Earth Renewables has a scholarship for Indigenous Youth in the sectors of renewable energy, community, trades and leadership development. The deadline to apply is September 15th, 2021. Read the details and apply below.

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!