(Ottawa, ON): The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is excited to announce the launch of #BeTheDrum, a new initiative, in collaboration with Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, designed to help build communities through Indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship. By engaging Indigenous women and gender-diverse entrepreneurs who have sound business ideas, #BeTheDrum program will change the economic landscape for generations to come.

“This new program aspires to bring participants toward greater influence and involvement in the economic landscape of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is crucial for all women to have a voice in the decisions that impact the lifestyle and livelihoods of their families and communities,” says Hazel Harrison, #BeTheDrum, Entrepreneur Navigator.

Over the years, NWAC has hosted several Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneur Network (AWBEN) conferences designed to build the skills of Indigenous women entering the sphere of business, management and entrepreneurship. Participant feedback from these events called for year-round support through peer working groups, mentorship and business navigation. #BeTheDrum offers this support.

The #BeTheDrum team of workshop planners, mentors and navigators are also entrepreneurs. They will work together to offer unique learning experiences, provide guidance and support to build and grow Indigenous businesses, while helping to foster individual and community growth. This free program is open to Indigenous women and gender-diverse entrepreneurs as well as those who are considering the entrepreneurship path.

Interested participants can learn more about the #BeTheDrum Entrepreneur Navigation Program by visiting us at https://www.nwac.ca/BeTheDrum/. The Native Women’s Association of Canada is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an Indigenous women’s non-profit organization with 13 Indigenous women’s organizations from across Canada as members.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Gloria Galloway at 613-447-6648 or gloria@gloriagalloway.com