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National foundation to help Indigenous entrepreneurs start in business

Indigenous Prosperity Foundation will help women, youth, early-stage entrepreneurs
Shannin Metatawabin, CEO of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, offers closing remarks at the organization's 2023 Indigenous Prosperity Forum.

A new, national foundation has been launched to help underserved Indigenous entrepreneurs prosper in business.

The Indigenous Prosperity Foundation is a nationwide initiative created by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA).

Through the foundation, donors, funders and granting organizations are partnering with Indigenous financial institutions to support underserved Indigenous women, youth and early-stage entrepreneurs start and grow thriving businesses.

Those who will benefit from the foundation will receive digital access, training, mentorship, and funding to help reach their full potential.

The association launched the foundation during its annual Indigenous Prosperity Forum, held April 20-21 in Gatineau, Que., which included a sold-out gala and two days of keynote speakers, panel discussions, presentations, and breakout sessions related to Indigenous prosperity.

Themed ‘Paths to Prosperity – A Bright Future Rooted in Tradition,’ the two-day event provided an opportunity for elders, business owners, youth and leadership to come together with professionals from business, financial institutions, and the government to discuss Indigenous economic development, self-sufficiency, and economic reconciliation.

NACCA is a network of more than 50 indigenous financial institutions dedicated to stimulating economic growth for all Indigenous people in Canada.