In December 2019, the ThriveNorth program successfully completed its five-year mandate. Managed by Futurpreneur Canada, the program helped young entrepreneurs in Northern B.C. launch and grow their businesses by connecting them with resources, financing and mentorship.

On June 21, 2016 we are celebrating National Aboriginal Day! This is an opportunity for Canada to recognize and celebrate First Nations individuals across the country. With 2016 being the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, we are especially excited to celebrate the unique heritage, cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada.

This past May, there were several outstanding First Nations finalists that took part in the annual ThriveNorth Business Challenge.


Hanna Bryant, Finalist (Prince Rupert): Hanna Bryant is a certified yoga teacher with a passion for alternative healing practices. Her passion began when she found that there was a lack of supports available when looking for holistic healing practices for depression/anxiety and chronic pain. Hanna turned to yoga as a way to heal both her body and her mind. Knowing the healing powers that yoga has spurred Hanna’s business idea to create a personalized yoga business focused on proper body alignment and mental wellness to bring the body, heart and mind aligned.


Heather Bohn – Winner, Best New Social Enterprise (Terrace): In 2013, Heather graduated from the UBC Sauder School of Business Ch’nook program for Entrepreneurship and Community Development. With the goal of making people happy and healthy, “Our Roots” coffee shop/eatery will be a self-sustaining elders & youth community space, that supports the local economy through employing community bakers, chefs and harvesters, focusing on fresh, local seasonal ingredients and of course, amazing coffee.


Jordan Leask, Finalist (Prince Rupert): Jordan is a New Media Design student from Prince Rupert and has always had a strong passion for the arts. She plans to start Northwest Coast Productions, a contracting business that allows her work with other individuals associated with the arts. Through this, she plans to create a platform for First Nations to have their work showcased.

Be sure to follow the hashtag #NADCanada on Twitter to see what’s going on across Canada, as well as in your local community, for National Aboriginal Day.


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