Indigenous women are fastest growing group of entrepreneurs

Published: 2 September 2022

There are about 60,000 Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, and Indigenous women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. “They are outpacing all other segments” says Monica James, a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and the regional manager for client diversity at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Indigenous women have been in business for many years, said James in an interview with Prof. Karl Moore for The Globe and Mail. Entrepreneurship is a logical outgrowth for Indigenous women, who have long traded goods and lived on traplines. “We’re seeing and hearing more from Indigenous women entrepreneurs because they’re survivors, and they’ve found their voice.

Illustration by Chief Lady Bird, The Globe and Mail
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