Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program

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

Program length:  14 weeks  

* the program is followed by an additional 3-month peer to peer support, network and mentorship program to enhance participants’ experience, called Redbird Network.


Program Admission:

  1. Self-identified Indigenous Person 
  2. Minimum age of 16 years old
  3. Application Form: screening for personal & business information


Hours Commitment: ~3-6 hours/ week

Location: Virtually through Zoom and Redbird LMS

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Foster Indigenous Identity
  • Increase active citizenship
  • Promote environmental stewardship
  • Improve well-being
  • Improve entrepreneurial skills
  • Improve career readiness

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 Redbird Circle Team

Jonathon Araujo Redbird is the co-founder of Redbird Circle Inc. and Lead Instructor for the workshops. He is a 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

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The Redbird Circle Inc. logo was designed by Indigenous artist Jay Bell Redbird

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.

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