Support Announced for Indigenous Businesses

The federal government has announced support for Indigenous Businesses in the form of short term, interest-free loans and contributions. As more information becomes available we will be able to share more details.

Quick Facts (copied from the Prime Minister’s Website Post)

  • Financial support for Indigenous businesses will be provided through Aboriginal Financial Institutions, and administered by the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and the Métis capital corporations in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada.
  • The funding will allow for interest-free loans, as well as ...
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Tourism Updates

This is a list of resources from some Tourism specific organizations. Have a look at the information they are sharing and resources they may have available.


Destination BC

Here is the Destination BC COVID-19 link for the tourism sector and clients:

Indigenous Tourism BC

ITBC has a weekly Stakeholder Update Call for COVID-19 and clients are welcome to contact Samantha Rullin at ITBC: mail for more information.

ITBC is sharing information through the corporate twitter: @ITBC_Corporate, and will be updating ...

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BMO Update: COVID 19 Emergency Support & Canadian Emergency Business Account

Below is an update from BMO about the COVID 19 Supports. See more information at:

I hope you are keeping healthy and safe during these uncertain times.
You may have heard that the federal government recently announced COVID-19 financial relief for businesses. The government is working with all the Banks to make the application available during the week of ...
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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for Employers (75% of wages)

The wage subsidy program is designed to help you prevent laying off your employees, or even hire them back if you have already had to lay them off. The government has been encouraging employeers to access this wage subsidy and retain their employees rather than go to layoffs whenever possible. The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. 

To be eligible ...

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Canadian Emergency Response Benefit

The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is an EI alternative for those who are no longer working after March 15th due to the COVID virus. It provides successful applicants $500 per week for up to 16 weeks. There have been a high volume of applications reported & some reports of people waiting weeks to get the benefit. Apply as soon as you know it is needed and have patience with the system in these challenging times.

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Tla-o-qui-aht Woman wins BC Award

Tsimka Martin accepted a BC Indigenous Business award in a room full of hundreds of supporters, colleagues, and leaders to acknowledge the success of T’ashii Paddle School.  In 2013, Tsimka partnered to develop T’ashii Paddle School to offer eco-friendly tours in Tofino.  Their passion and skills in seeking out opportunities expanded the business offerings to include an array of services including:

  • Dug-out canoe tours,
  • Paddle board tours and lessons,
  • cultural tours and education, as well as
  • certification and training in First Aid and paddling.

The ...

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Governance & Wealth Creation with Dr. Manley Begay

On Saturday November 16th, 2019 the NEDC hosted Dr Manley Begay to share his knowledge on the topic of Governance and Wealth Creation for First Nations communities. His presentation and decades of experience focus on the questions, “Why are some Nations economically successful while others struggle to succeed?”

Dr. Begay breaks this complex questions into five well thought out categories that he has observed as being required for Nations to thrive. These categories include:

  1. The “Jurisdiction / Sovereignty / Self-Rule” Attitude
  2. Having ...
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Awatin Aboriginal Art wins Best Arts & Culture award!

Established in 2016, Awatin Aboriginal Art Gallery is owned and operated by Darlene and Ernie Smith.  Ernie, a member of Ehattesaht First Nation, and his wife Darlene, Algonquin ancestry and an Ehattesaht First Nations member, excelled as business owners.

After completing an art training course, Ernie began his artistic journey creating west coast style silver and gold jewelry, often with semiprecious stone highlights.  ...

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International Opportunity for Young Professionals

Announcing a wonderful opportunity to attend a International fellowship & education experience with bright minds from all across the Americas!

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is looking for Canadian applicants for the first time this year! The YLAI program brings together entrepreneurs from all across the Americas to learn, connect and strengthen their skills to help improve their businesses and their communities.

Free ...

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NEDC’s Best Services Business 2018 GOES TO:

Promontory Hummingbird Childcare Centre

Taras and Lorena Atleo own and operate Promontory Hummingbird Childcare.  As the couple shares a passion for child care and development, the business is a good match for their skills and passion.

In fact, Hummingbird considers themselves “an essential service to give parents peace of mind.”  Firstly, the daycare is government licensed facility run by qualified professionals. And, as the Atleos run their business as a family business, the team shares the owners passion for nurturing development and ...

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