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Sep. 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In 2021, Canada will mark a new federal statutory holiday – the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, it honours Indigenous survivors, and it’s a vital step in the continuing process of reconciliation.

Small Business BC will be closed in observance of this national holiday on September 30, virtually re-opening on October 1 for phone and email inquiries.

In the spirit of marking this important date, we wanted to provide resources to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation, while also amplifying some of the Indigenous voices within our community.

Resources to Learn More About Truth and Reconciliation

Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.
Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

Discover the Importance of Land Acknowledgements

Brianna Julian, Director of Indigenous Business Development Services shares her thoughts on the importance of Land Acknowledgements for businesses operating in Canada.

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Hear from Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee on Decolonizing Entrepreneurship

Businesses have an important role to play in reconciliation. We spoke to Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee to learn more about Decolonization and reconciliation in business.

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Carol-Anne Hilton and the Indigenous Economy

Hear how Carol-Anne Hilton (Hesquiaht Nation), founder of The Indigenomics Institute, plans to grow the Indigenous economy to $100 billion in the next five years, creating a new economic reality in which Indigenous peoples have an equal share.

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Watch our Land Acknowledgements Workshop

Hosted by Erika Doehring, Gwich’in granddaughter, watch the recording of our recent workshop on Land Acknowledgements that explains their purpose, and how to respectfully perform them.

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Indigenous Entrepreneur Spotlight

Jada Creations

Listen to our Made Possible Podcast episode featuring Jaimie Davis. This powerhouse solopreneur discusses her incredible business journey, and how she balances her life as a single mother with the competing demands of growing her creative business.

Sisters Sage

Hear Lynn’s experience in transitioning from a career in construction to founding a thriving, award-winning small business. Along the way, we discuss the challenges faced by Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, what it means to ‘sage against the machine,’ and how growth doesn’t happen at the speed of comfort.

Kari Morgan Designs

Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Kari Morgan is Nisga’a from the house of Kw’isk’ayn. She is a Sculptor, Painter, and Designer, whose clear passion for art and mixed media emerged in her early childhood.

Watch a recording of our FREE workshop on Land Acknowledgements

Land Acknowledgements are becoming increasingly commonplace at event openings and gatherings made by organizations and individuals alike. Land Acknowledgements are crucial to increasing visibility around Nations that have cared for our land for thousands and thousands of years. But where do we start, and how do we respectfully do this?

On September 27th, SBBC hosted a free workshop on Land Acknowledgements with  Erika Doehring, Gwich’in granddaughter.

Click Here to watch the recording of this workshop.

We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.