cannot compete globally and protect the social safety nets we hold dear unless
all people have the same opportunities to participate in and benefit from our
economy. That includes ensuring opportunities are available to our Indigenous
peoples, Canada’s youngest and fastest growing demographic.
is why the Canadian Chamber strongly supports the Martin Family Initiative’s
Indigenous entrepreneurship education programs. The Aboriginal Youth
Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP) offers courses for Indigenous high school
students. The Indigenous Entrepreneurship Course (IEC) will be offered for the
first time this fall at six colleges in British Columbia, Ontario,
Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Saskatchewan* to Indigenous youth
and adults who have left the formal education system but want to explore the
opportunities of starting their own businesses.
to the 2019 Report of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the
growth in self-employed Indigenous peoples is five times that of non-Indigenous
peoples. This impressive figure demonstrates that Indigenous peoples have an
appetite to pursue entrepreneurship. The Martin Family Initiative’s
entrepreneurship programs, developed by Indigenous peoples for Indigenous
peoples, help satisfy that appetite.
AYEP and IEC not only hold the promise of helping Indigenous youth catch the
entrepreneurship bug, but are also the type of education programs that
entrepreneurs tell us are needed for all young people in Canada. It is
important for more secondary and post-secondary education institutions as well
as businesses to know about these programs to attract aspiring entrepreneurs.
Click here to learn more about the
Martin Family Initiative’s programs.
College, Victoria; Saskatchewan Indigenous Institute of Technologies,
Saskatoon; Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatoon; Anishinabek Employment and
Training Services (AETS), Thunder Bay; Oshki-Pimache-O-Win/The Wenjack
Institute, Thunder Bay; and College of the North Atlantic, Newfoundland and