Investing in Indigenous Economies

Activity Description

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week

About this event

Join us for an inspiring discussion about Investing in Indigenous Economies. Hear from Futurpreneur, Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corp (NEDC) and National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) about the programs and resources their organizations offer to support Indigenous entrepreneurs as they launch successful businesses.


At this event our panelists will dive deep into the following questions:

  • What is driving young indigenous people to start their own business?
  • What kind of business models are attractive to Indigenous young people?
  • What are the unique considerations to understand about Indigenous entrepreneurship?


The event will also explore the startup story of Indigenous entrepreneur Brandi Woodhouse, of RezGal Lashes Inc. Participants will then have a chance to connect with their local Futurpreneur Business Development Manager.


Meet our Panelists:


Denise Martineau, Business Development Officer, NEDC

Denise Martineau is a Business Development Officer with Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corp (NEDC) with 35 years’ experience in the finance industry. Prior to NEDC, she was an accredited lender with the bank for both personal and commercial financing. Denise completed education requirements for the Certified Financial Planner designation along with multiple banking-related courses. A member of Frog Lake First Nation, she resides and works on the unceded territory of Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations. Denise is passionate about assisting entrepreneurs in building successful businesses.


Brandi Woodhouse, Owner and Founder, RezGal Lashes Inc

Brandi Woodhouse is the Owner and Founder of RezGal Lashes Inc. She is Anishiniaabe Ikwe from Pinaymootang First Nation, in Treaty 2, Canada, where she grew up and is currently raising her three sons. RezGal launched in August 2020, and supports a high quality, affordable and accessible brand model. The success of the business has allowed her to grow internationally. Her products aim to help Indigenous youth change the narrative and perceptions of growing up in ‘the rez’. Brandi aims to empower youth to feel confident and beautiful and inspire more successful businesses from the rez.


Magnolia Perron, Indigenous Women and Youth Program Officer, NACCA

Magnolia Perron is the Indigenous Women and Youth Program Officer at the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA). She is responsible for implementing NACCA's new initiative to increase the number of Indigenous women and youth engaging in entrepreneurship and business development in Canada. She holds a Masters in Indigenous Nationhood from the University of Victoria and a Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration from Carleton University. Magnolia is from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and a proud member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.


Joanne Norris, Director of Indigenous and Northern Communities, Futurpreneur

Under the leadership of Joanne Norris, Director of Indigenous and Northern Communities, Futurpreneur strives to support Indigenous young entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. The team seeks to create a sense of belonging for Indigenous entrepreneurs while providing the tools and supports to help them succeed. Joanne’s passion for understanding and serving small business communities drives the success and impact of her work at Futurpreneur.


Note: Participants will receive the Zoom link to join the workshop 24hrs and 1hr before the start of the workshop through the automatic Eventbrite email system.