Delree’s Native Art Gallery is located in the quaint town of Didsbury, 80 km north of Calgary. It opened October 6, 2015, which is also Delree’s mother’s birthday. Every year on October 6, they have a celebration in honour of her and her Birthday. Delree’s Iconic Sign hangs above her storefront adorned with one of her very first paintings: “Waiting for Grand Entry” – a rear view of a jingle dress dancer.
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When “working for the man” just wasn’t cutting it anymore, Justin Ladouceur and his partner Billy Kay believed they were capable enough to branch out on their own. Having grown up with exposure in and around construction sites, they decided to take a stab at it and forge their own path in the concrete business. Aside from skill and experience, the desire to build a better life for themselves and their families led them to starting their own concrete business, Advantage Concrete Solutions Ltd.
We had the pleasure of introducing you to our client Massey Whiteknife, a successful Indigenous business owner, in the June 2016 blog post: “First Nation entrepreneur stays true to himself”. His tremendously successful company, ICEIS Safety, continues to grow while Massey also takes time to pursue other interests.
Going back to 1970, Virginia Bruneau recalls her father having a passion for his people. Being on the school committee and a counselor for Cold Lake First Nation, he and some colleagues went on a strike to get a new school for the community. The movement gained momentum, and three other reserves followed suit, giving recognition to Virginia’s father. In the end, all four reserves were approved for brand new schools.
Since she was 3 years old, Jacquelyn Cardinal has been calling herself a computer nerd and an entrepreneur. For as long as she can remember, she’s been building websites, and breaking and fixing computers. In junior high and high school, she always found a way to make money. She remembers handing her father $1,500 to deposit into the bank for her when she was just 13 years old.
So you’re ready to start your business but you’ve received mixed messages about tax implications for Aboriginal entrepreneurs. Does it depend on whether you are status First Nations? Is it about the business structure you choose or whether you operate on- or off-reserve? Or all of the above? Have no fear, you’re not alone! There is no right or wrong choice but it is important to understand the impact of each option and which will work best for you before setting up shop.
Where does one go to purchase authentic Indigenous made art and crafts? Moonstone Creation is the place to visit! In the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood, Calgary, on the corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street SW, sits a quaint bungalow with a trademark sky blue front door. Dreamcatchers and medicine wheels adorn the front windows, and upon stepping foot into the establishment, the distinct and notably Indigenous fragrance of tanned moose hide engulfs the senses.
Dallas Arcand knew from a young age that he would not let his unfortunate circumstances hold him back. Growing up with no father figure and hardly any opportunities, he didn’t always know how things would turn out. With hard work and creativity, he always managed to find ways to make money and succeed.
Who knew the love of storytelling would grow into a production company? Aretha sure didn’t. She originally went to school to be a web designer, earning a Digital Interactive Media diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). After doing web design for a while, she began to think about starting her own business. With limited education and experience, she was advised to continue her education or gain more experience.
Massey was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. "Growing up I was always a little entrepreneur. At home I would make a little store and increase my supplies", he reflects on his childhood. He wanted to become successful enough to take care of his mother - that was his goal and dream.