2022 · volume 6

President's Message

Boozhoo, members.

While we hope your communities, families, and organizations had a pleasant summer, and we’re glad to be heading into another busy autumn and winter, September comes with a sobering reality for Indigenous persons and communities in Canada.

Today is September 30th, or the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and no doubt orange shirts, pins, flags, and social media icons will be seen everywhere.

This visual cue of support is valuable, but it is also empty without commitment to action and reconciliation, particularly from our allies and representatives.

We hope all our allies, representatives, leadership, networks and communities see September 30th as a reminder of what the 94 calls to action aim to address, and that your support for your Indigenous neighbors and colleagues continues beyond the shirts, pins, and social shares.

Reconciliation does not take place only one day a year.




Support for Residential School Survivors

Indian Residential School Survivor Society
24/7 Support call 1-800-721-0066

Former residential school students can call
1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat.

The Orange Shirt Society

National Film Board of Canada Online: Indigenous (First Nation & Metis) Peoples

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!