The growth of Indigenous Businesses in Canada is amazing!
This is a quote from "First Nation Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Canada" published in December, 2007 by Warren I. Weir.
Indigenous organizations and entrepreneurs have existed for thousands of years. In Canada, the number of contemporary Aboriginal organizations has grown exponentially over the past 10 to 20 years. In the early 1990’s there was an estimated 6,000 Aboriginal organizations in Canada, and the number now stands at over 30,000.2
In particular, there has been a tremendous increase in for-profit organizations, particularly small businesses and entrepreneurs. Of the 6,000 organizations listed in the early 1990’s, it was estimated that approximately 50% were not-for-profit and governmental, while the other 50% were private businesses. Today, approximately 3,000 organizations continue to provide not-for-profit and governmental services to Aboriginal peoples and communities, while the number of small businesses now stands at over an astounding 27,000!
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Francine Douglas is an indigenous entrepreneur from the Sto:lo and Tsimphian First Nation communities.