The Entrepreneur Navigation Program (ENP) is a 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. ENP offers workshops, mentoring, navigation, training & coaching.
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 Support and Mentoring – hence, the Entrepreneur Navigation Program (ENP) was born! 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!
ENP participation is free and open to Indigenous women, girls 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 below or email us at ENP@nwac.ca.
Hazel Harrison is Inuit from the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian businesswoman and upcoming author of “Let’s Make Smoking History”. She studies Business at McMaster University, and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University. Hazel is the Founder and CEO of Smart Addiction Technologies, a healthcare company and creator of Quit My Way V.2, an evidence-based smoking cessation app.
Hazel started her entrepreneurial career as a restaurant owner at 24 years old, a REALTOR® at 37, while simultaneously starting up a paving company for her family. Hazel has worked with Indigenous organizations for 15 years in areas of non-profit sector, educational & training, North warning system’s Department of National Defence and most recently with the Federal government, ATSSC Specific Claims Tribunal.
Samantha Elijah is Aniishnabe from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nations. She has 10 years of experience working for First Nations organizations. She completed the Aboriginal Management Program at the Chnook School of Business at the University of British Columbia. She also completed the Indigenous Knowledge and Personal Resilience program at St. Francis Xavier University. She is part of the first cohort of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Program at St. Francis Xavier University and holds a Business diploma from Lambton College.
Samantha is an Indigenous Cultural Knowledge keeper and owner of Sami Stargazer providing services as a Seer using Tarot Readings, Intuitive Messages and Energy healings.
Nancy Duffy is an instructor as well as an education and instructional design enthusiast who has worked as a creative entrepreneur since 2005. She has also worked in government as a constituent advocate at the federal level, as well as a Training Officer with Elections Canada and Elections Ontario.
In her entrepreneurial experience over the past 15 years, Nancy’s focus has been on helping clients in areas of strategic marketing, operational design management, corporate training, and executive recruiting. She has studied Course Design and Learning-Centred Teaching in Higher Education and has an honors degree in Communication, Media and Film. In 2019, Nancy completed her Master’s in Political Science with a focus on contentious politics and social movements. Nancy volunteers her time promoting adult literacy and is the host and producer of a podcast and radio talk show on current events, society, and culture.