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Indigenomics and the vital role of Indigenous women in business – Business in Vancouver

September 29, 2020

I was 14 years old when I got my first job. It was selling T-shirts at a native art gallery for $5 an hour in the small town I grew up in. The shop was called Sa-cinn Native Enterprises and was owned by a Nuu chah nulth woman who was way ahead of her time in building entrepreneurial success. Little did I know as those high school summers passed in my first job how much I would be influenced by the leadership of Indigenous women in business and seeing success through entrepreneurship.

Reflecting back on this early experience of being mentored within an Indigenous female-led enterprise, what stands out the most to me is the resilience, hustle, leadership and perseverance I witnessed as a young person. At an early age, what was demonstrated to me daily was the value of business relationships, the value of money and responding to a changing business environment. I saw business as a vehicle and as an answer to the high unemployment rates and poverty within Indigenous communities.

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