#BeTheDrum is an Entrepreneurial Navigation Program (ENP) venture developed by the Native Women’s Association of Canada designed to build the skills of Indigenous women entering the sphere of Business, Management and Entrepreneurship.

Since 2012, the Native Women’s Association of Canada has hosted several AWBEN conferences designed to build the skills of Indigenous women entering the sphere of Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship. One of the requests from past participants called for ongoing support in the form of Peer Mentoring and Navigation– hence, #BeTheDrum was born!

For most Indigenous People, the sound of the drum stirs up a sense of belonging, a feeling of great joy in knowing that we are all connected in a way that gives us hope and keeps us strong.

The drum signifies a calling to unite us in a place of healing, strength, and momentum toward greatness. It helps to restore a power that already resides within us. We are not weak. We have the creativity and knowledge that the world needs – that Canada needs to help solve its problems. We are contributors, inventors, craftspeople, and most importantly problem solvers.

#BeTheDrum is a calling to existing and prospective entrepreneurs to come alive with determination, strengthened through the support of peer mentorship and navigation. Together we will build solutions to help bring our nation forward – to lift our communities and to break a new trail toward prosperity.

The impact of such support will increase the likelihood of business survival past the start-up phase into a full-fledged enterprise, leading to a higher presence in the Economic Landscape of Indigenous Peoples and Canada.

This ongoing program offers several ways in which NWAC will engage and support budding Indigenous entrepreneurs including dedicated Entrepreneur Navigators and Mentors as well as through networking events and relevant workshops throughout the year

How to Join!

Join our community of support. Participation is free and open to Indigenous women, and gender diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off-reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis, and Inuit. Those interested may contact any one of our team members or email us at BeTheDrum@nwac.ca.

Finance Resources –Business During COVID-19

Here are some links to assist you and your business during the current COVID-19 Crisis. If you need help in navigating through any of the information below, please contact our team. For a list of other business resources, please click here.

Apply to the Be The Drum Entrepreneur Navigation Program!
Book a Mentor!
View the Women’s Business Directory