2021 · volume 5

President's Message

Boozhoo, members!

We hope your families and communities are doing well at this time, and we look forward to the lockdown restriction being lifted soon as we head towards summer.

It’s been a busy Spring at the ABPA. With the warmer weather here in the North, we know construction season is underway, and we hope you’ll join us later this week for our webinar, Procurement Opportunities & Processes. We’ll have Valard Construction and Supercom Industries join us to present on how Indigenous Businesses can navigate the procurement process and better prepare for the qualifying and bidding process in the future. You can read the details in our Newsletter below, and register at

Our advocacy for our First Nations businesses and entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario continues. I spoke with CTV News about the proposed Bill-C-15, and our hopes that as it develops we’ll see more vital consultation with First Nations leadership and Elders to ensure that it can be the measure of success that it has the potential to become. You can take a look at the article in our newsletter below.




Welcome to TBay Modular Floors! TBay Modular Floors provides exceptional quality flooring products and service. Modular flooring consists of flooring that does not come in rolls, and while TBay Modular Floors does specialize in commercial projects and sell exclusively commercial flooring, they are happy to take on residential work as well.

In the community

Upcoming Webinar, May 27th! We are taking our Pathways to Indigenous Prosperity series online. Our next session is on Thursday at 1pm, and we’ll be hearing from three excellent speakers. We know that the procurement process can be  stressful for experienced businesses as well as up and comers. Join us on Thursday to learn more about how you can learn more, get prepared, and navigate the process. You can find all the details at our event page, or register today —->

Register Today

See Our Event Page for Full Details:

Member organization Growcer invites you to join them for their monthly Meet and Eat, next hosted on June 3rd. This is an informal opportunity to ask the Growcer team questions and learn more about uses for a container garden and essential considerations for starting your own Growcer project. If you’re thinking of launching a community container garden project, but unsure of where to start, join Growcer’s Meet and Eat for everything you need to know to begin!

The link to register is here:

 On May 26, join the OCC, Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and many industry experts for the launch of our policy brief on how Ontario can finance entrepreneurship after COVID19. There are many excellent speakers at this dynamic event, including ABPA President Jason Rasevych.


Member NADF is seeking a skilled and experienced Senior Community Planner to join their comprehensive community planning (CCP) team in the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (“NADF”) service area to support community planning and oversee planning processes in First Nations communities.

Details and application info at the link below.

Indigenous Forestry Initiative Funding Opportunity Open!

First Nations looking to increase their participation in forestry can apply for grants through Natural Resources Canada. Apply by July 7, 2021.

Canada Post is looking for new Trucking contracts. If you would like to be alerted for opportunities to bid on a five year Transportation contract, contact with the following details:

What area of travel would you be interested in for Van transportation?
What area of travel would you be interested in for 5 ton transportation?
What area of travel would you be interested in for tractor and trailer transportation?
In what area would you be interested in local combined urban services (CUS) pick up and delivery
How many trucks do you currently use OR are prepared to acquire?
What percent of your employees would be Indigenous?
What percentage of your company is Indigenous owned?

Please provide your company Name, Address, Postal code, Phone number and a brief description of your current business and ongoing connections to the Indigenous community.

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…

Sponsor an ABPA Newsletter Today

Would you like to see your name and logo featured for our Anishnawbe Business Professionals community? Sponsor our newsletter. Your name, logo, description of services and contact information will be distributed to our membership and all our social media channels. If your Business or Organization would like to sponsor a future Newsletter, reach out to us at

Ch-Miigwetch for your support for Indigenous Business!