Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Created by RedbirdCircle Inc. in partnership with U of T Libraries, ICUBE UTM and The BRIDGE at UTSC

Indigenous entrepreneurship workshops

These workshops will offer an opportunity to learn about the duality in entrepreneurship and innovation, and invite participants to think in new ways about themselves, their community, and our connection to the spirit of the land. This series is open to self-identifying Indigenous people across the GTA, with preference given to U of T students, staff, and faculty.

The workshops will be lead by Redbird Circle in partnership with The University of Toronto, bringing an Indigenous and non-Indigenous lens to entrepreneurship. These workshops aim to build traditional knowledge, build community, facilitate partnerships and mentorships, and build pathways to success for Indigenous entrepreneurs.





Cultural Opening & Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Canada

Tuesday September 20, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Barriers & Challenges: What’s your biggest challenge of starting a business? How might we support you?

Tuesday September 27, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Starting an Indigenous Business

Tuesday October 4, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Funding for an Indigenous Business

Tuesday October 11, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Taxation and Accounting of an Indigenous Business

Tuesday October 18, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Medicine Wheel Teachings: Balancing Wellness, mental health and life as an Indigenous Entrepreneur

Tuesday October 25, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Creating Culturally Safe Spaces for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Tuesday November 1, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Building a Network and Resources

Tuesday November 15, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Motivation and Time Management

Tuesday November 22, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Marketing and Branding for Indigenous Businesses

Tuesday November 29, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Understanding the Gig Economy

Tuesday December 6, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Power of Storytelling

Tuesday December 13, 2022 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Who is this program for? This program is designed to inspire Indigenous People from across Canada. We are looking for individuals interested in traditional knowledge, community and entrepreneurship.

Do I need to attend all the sessions? No, there is no application process and you can register for as many workshops as you wish to attend. Participants that attend 80% of the sessions will be given a Certificate of Completion. This program is FREE.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Foster Indigenous identity
  • Increase connection to the community
  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation as a career pathway
  • Improve well-being

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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