Embracing Heritage: The Rise of Indigenous-led Tourism in Canada
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
The growth of Indigenous-led tourism is a major force altering Canada’s tourist scene, which is why this industry is gaining momentum as a part of the country’s history, economy, and culture. Meanwhile, this also demonstrates the strength and resourcefulness of Indigenous peoples. Thanks to the government’s heavy investment in the sector, the Indigenous tourist industry is poised to thrive, providing genuine cultural experiences and fostering sustainable development. Investing In Indigenous Tourism The federal government’s strategic tourism plan strongly emphasizes Indigenous-led tourism, with ..read more
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Expert Advice from Louise Southall on Thriving Amidst Economic Shifts
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
In a detailed interview with CanadianSME Small Business Magazine, Louise Southall, Economist & Small Business Specialist at Xero, explored the implications of the recent Bank of Canada’s rate cut to 4.75% on small businesses across Canada. Louise emphasized that while the rate cut is a positive signal, its immediate impact on small businesses might be minimal due to the lag between rate changes and their effects on economic activity. However, she noted the potential for an “announcement effect” that could boost consumer confidence and, subsequently, spending. Focusing on sectors like hospi ..read more
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Fashion for Freedom: Sean Rayland’s Journey with Red Rebel Armour
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
Sean Rayland, founder of Red Rebel Armour, shared his transformative journey from ex-gang member and addict to a visionary entrepreneur in an interview with Indigenous-SME Business Magazine. Sean established Red Rebel Armour to tackle the high recidivism rates among Indigenous peoples in Manitoba, inspired by his own experiences and the stark statistics indicating Indigenous overrepresentation in prisons. The streetwear brand not only serves as a vehicle for cultural expression and social justice advocacy but also embeds Indigenous ways of knowing into its operations—from procurement to human ..read more
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Chelsey June: Making waves with Twin Flames
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by Chelsey June
1w ago
Music is one of the best therapies anyone can ask for; what’s more, it is an expression of innermost sophisticated emotions. Traditionally, music is also considered very significant in the Indigenous culture and tradition. One Indigenous leader who uses music to share Indigenous culture is Jaaji from the band Twin Flames. Behind the scenes and on the stage, he is accompanied by his biggest fan. Chelsey June – a remarkable and driven individual who has made a distinct mark in the music industry as the co-founder of Twin Flames. Honing her skills for more than ten years, Chelsey has not only per ..read more
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Business Woman of the Month: Christal Duncan Earle
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
Christal Duncan Earle has been a lifelong social entrepreneur. From co-founding an international youth humanitarian charity (Live Different) to launching her own social enterprise in circular fashion (Brave Soles), Christal has had a wide range of experience and entrepreneurial adventures around the world. As a Métis woman, she also has a strong passion for equity, community, and connection, and a deep respect for generational wisdom and practices. Christal has spoken to hundreds of audiences and has coached and mentored many clients one on one. Her work is focused on helping others to find th ..read more
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How Emerging Technologies Will Influence Canada’s Economy in 2024
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
Over the course of 2024, Canada’s technology environment is changing dramatically. What’s more, pacing up with these emerging trends is essential for companies aiming to not only survive but also thrive in the fiercely competitive global market. This gives clear indications that generative AI is poised to play a crucial role in IT spending, alongside other significant tech trends that are reshaping industries and impacting business decisions nationwide. The Emergence of AI and Machine Learning Interestingly enough, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are at the forefront of techn ..read more
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Christi Belcourt: An Artist and Advocate for Indigenous Culture with a Vision
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
Art is not just an expression of emotions but also a reflection of an artist’s soul and spiritual prowess. And what better source of inspiration to draw from than the Indigenous culture and past? Thus, one Indigenous artist and leader who’s on the journey to accomplish many feats is Christi Belcourt – a remarkable business leader who excels in various fields. She’s highly skilled as a visual artist, designer, community organizer, environmentalist, and social justice advocate, and she has earned her well-deserved acclaim. The artist’s profound reverence for the customs and wisdom of her communi ..read more
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Combating Burnout in SMEs: Strategies from TELUS Health’s Latest Survey
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
Dr. Matthew Chow from TELUS Health discussed with CanadianSME Small Business Magazine the significant issue of employee burnout in Canada, as highlighted by the TELUS Health Mental Health Index. The survey shows that 42% of Canadian workers experience mental or physical exhaustion daily, with younger employees under 40 feeling the effects more acutely. This has major implications for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which may lack the resources of larger corporations to address these challenges effectively. Matthew emphasizes the potential of AI in mitigating workplace mental health ..read more
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No Story Lost: Preserving Family Memories
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
1w ago
Amidst the technological storm of digital, somewhere in the middle, emotions and humaneness are lost.  This is why the significance of preserving family stories and legacies has never been more critical than it is in an era where digital distractions are abundant. This is where No Story Lost, a unique and innovative venture co-founded by cousins Andrew Hall and Jeremy Bryant, enters the picture. Their personal experience underscored the value and challenges of recording their grandfather’s life story, which motivated them to develop a service that could help other families do the same. Th ..read more
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ESupply Canada’s Impact on Indigenous Communities
Indigenous SME Business Magazine
by SK Uddin
2M ago
Steven Vanloffeld, the Founder and CEO of eSupply Canada, detailed his motivation and the foundational goals behind establishing an Indigenous-owned distributor of business and industrial supplies in his recent interview with the Indigenous-SME Business Magazine. Drawing from his firsthand experiences as an elected councillor for the Saugeen First Nation, Steven witnessed significant financial resources flowing out to non-Indigenous entities, which sparked his resolve to create economic opportunities within Indigenous communities. eSupply Canada, under Steven’s leadership, not only facilitates ..read more
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