Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Artist: Jay Bell Redbird

Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program

in partnership with RedBird Circle Inc.

Based on traditional knowledge and created in partnership with Indigenous experts, this program aims to build career competencies, eliminate barriers, facilitate partnerships and mentorships, and build pathways to success for Indigenous entrepreneurs and change-makers.




Built around the Anishinaabe medicine wheel, the 16-week program will start with personal development, healing and reconciliation, followed by community building. After a foundation has been built, the program will focus on venture or community project creation based on the identified interests of the cohort.

Program Dates: March 22 – June 28 (16 weeks)*TBC

Key Program Offerings:

  • Indigenous and non-indigenous led workshops
  • Indigenous Mentors/ Coaches (one-on-one & group)
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Network with Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Key Concepts:

    • Healing & Personal Development
    • Community Engagement
    • Human Centric Design
    • Market Research
    • Finance 101 (identify opportunities)
    • Pitching 101

About Redbird Circle

At Redbird Circle Inc, we empower Indigenous Governments and their People by merging Indigenous Knowledge, entrepreneurship and innovative learning approaches. Through strategic post-secondary partnerships, we offer multiple (virtual) courses on leadership, business creation, innovation, strategy and investment through an Indigenous lens.

About Jonathon Araujo Redbird

Jonathon Araujo Redbird, band member of Saugeen Ojibway Nation with ancestry from Wikwemikong Unceded. Jonathon has been an entrepreneur for nearly 2 decades; developing key skills in finance, corporate strategy, networking, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Jonathon has visited over 250 Indigenous communities across Mother Earth learning and teaching on his journey. Jonathon is passionate about personal development focusing on heart, mind, body, and spirit to improve self and community. Chi Miigwetch

Land Acknowledgement


We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.