June is National Indigenous History Month – a time when we are asked to reflect upon the history and heritage of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada.
At Futurpreneur, we aim to celebrate and showcase – throughout June and every month of the year – the contributions that Indigenous young entrepreneurs are making in their communities and regions across the country.
Futurpreneur has been serving young entrepreneurs from a broad array of backgrounds since our inception. Through the work of our dedicated Indigenous Young Entrepreneur (IYE) team, we seek to build on that foundation, supporting more and more First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth on their entrepreneurial journeys.
In addition to encouraging and supporting Indigenous small business owners through funding and mentorship, we are also collaborating with Indigenous organizations to fulfill our mission, showcasing role models to inspire other Indigenous young people to consider launching a business as a career path, and developing and delivering culturally relevant and appropriate programming.
Our commitment to reaching and serving IYEs is reflected in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 92, which asks the Canadian corporate sector to “ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.”
This journey is ongoing. Our IYE team, along with the entire staff at Futurpreneur, will work daily to learn, grow and establish new ways to support young Indigenous people across Canada, meeting them where they are and readying them for success.
Learn more about our programming for Indigenous entrepreneurs here.