2022 · volume 5

President's Message

Boozhoo, members!

June is Indigenous History Month in Canada, and June 21st was celebrated across the country as National Indigenous Peoples Day. We hope our members, communities, and neighbors enjoyed a pleasant day on this longest day of the year, and that our non-Indigenous allies and partners gained new knowledge about the historical and ongoing experiences of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples across Canada and North America.

There was a great deal of media shared by Indigenous creators and allies alike, whether focused on cultural experiences such as the feasts and Powwows taking place for the solstice, or on reconciliation and the promotion of Indigenous business through events such as #CollisionConf, Workforce Forward, PDAC and many more that were taking place throughout the month.

While reading about success stories, future visions, new investments, and successful agreements is positive, we do want to acknowledge and affirm that reconciliation and supporting Indigenous economies is not something to do each June with a new Social Media filter and some posts. It is a commitment to evaluating how we form partnerships, consult with land holders, grow business, and support a thriving population that is now revisiting the legacy of Residential Schools in an ongoing and highly public reckoning.

We extend our appreciation to all those who have supported the sharing and spotlighting of Indigenous resources, creators, businesses and celebrated our various cultures throughout June and on June 21st. More importantly, we look forward to seeing this spirit of awareness and good faith carry forward 365
days a year.



MEMBER Spotlight

Bearskin Lake | Cat Lake | North Caribou Lake | Sachigo Lake | Slate Falls

Windigo Community Development Corporation (WCDC) in northwestern Ontario is 100% First Nation owned with five First Nation community shareholders and a goal to improve the overall quality of life for their members through economic development and employment and training.
Windigo is also an investment company that either has complete or majority ownership in companies providing a wide range of products and services and establishes
strategic partnerships to grow into new markets.

For employment information or partnership opportunities,
learn more or reach out to Windigo below:

In the community

Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Congratulations to member Superior Strategies for Business of the Year (Medium sized Business) at the recent Chamber of Commerce Business Awards!

The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association offers congratulations and best wishes to all nominees as well as this year’s winners. It’s good to see the thriving economy in the region, and the new & growing organizations and entrepreneurs coming up each year.

Indigeno Travel, Recipient of Indigenomics Institute’s National
“10 to Watch List”

COAST SALISH TERRITORY (Vancouver, BC) May 20th, 2022: The Indigenomics Institute is pleased to announce the 4th annual Indigenomics 2022 10 to Watch List at the Indigenomics national Indigenous economic design forum.

The Indigenomics 10 to Watch List is an annual list hosted by the Indigenomics Institute that recognizes and upholds leadership and economic reconciliation in the emerging 100 billion dollar Indigenous economy. The 10 to Watch List highlights recent developments of Indigenous corporations, businesses, entrepreneurs, initiatives and partnerships that demonstrate leadership in the growing Indigenous economy.

‘The annual Indigenomics 10 to Watch Awards highlights exceptional leadership in advancing the Indigenous economy and recipients demonstrate innovation, partnership and inclusion. This year’s recipients represent what the growth of the Indigenous economy looks like in action.’ Carol Anne Hilton, CEO and Founder of the Indigenomics Institute

Indigeno Travel would like to thank Carol Anne Hilton and the entire team at the Indigenomics Institute for this award.

Aboriginal Business Report

The summer 2022 edition of the Aboriginal Business Report magazine by member Canadian Council For Aboriginal Business is out! Check out the online edition for articles, updates, and see the full member directory at the end for detailed services contact for Indigenous & non-Indigenous members.

TBay Modular Floors opens new doors

TBay Modular floors has relocated to a new retail location! They are now open to the public, and invite all ABPA Members to visit at 113 May St. North, Thunder Bay to visit their store to see the latest and greatest flooring materials. They will be welcoming the community to their new location with a sale beginning July 25th.

Check out their website to learn more about their company and services.


the abpa is hiring

The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association is looking for a creative administrator prepared for a diverse network. The successful candidate will maintain and develop our membership base, help facilitate events and projects, and provide support to our Board of Directors. We’re looking for excellent communication skills, project or program facilitation experience, and willingness to work alongside diverse professionals and organizations across the region. This is an NOHFC funded opportunity for a full year position, ideally to be extended.

Apply today, or share with your networks!

Member Nakanagis invites you to join them for Beyond the Duty to Consult | Building Strategies & Relationships that Matter Most to Your Community.

This event is happening June 29th from 12:30pm – 2pm EST.

Beyond the Duty to Consult attendees will gain a deeper understanding and knowledge by taking a quick peek inside a typical mine cycle. Indigenous community members and leaders will hear panelists discuss ways to encourage brave conversation around consultation and engagement, share best practices and lessons learned.

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions in advance of the panel through registration, and the session will include time for Q&A.

Panelists include:

  • Alexander Fanni, General Manager of Landmark Resource Management Ltd.
  • JP Gladu, Founder, Mokwateh
  • Mike Stinson, Councillor and Mining Coordinator, Xatśūll First Nation
  • Kristy Corbiere (via video presentation), Owner, IndigenousTech Consulting
Paquette & Associates is Hiring

Paquette & Associates Lawyers is Hiring an Associate Lawyer to join their team, and are very excited to be growing their law firm. Paquette & Associates is pleased to promote a work life balance and offers a flexible work schedule. You can view the details at their page below:

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!