5 Indigenous Voices That Will Inspire You!
Discover some amazing entrepreneurs and leaders.
1. Chief Willie Sellars from Williams Lake First Nation
Willie Sellars is an Indigenous author, speaker, and leader from the Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia, Canada. He is known for his contributions to Indigenous literature and education, including his children's book 'Dipnetting with Dad', and his work as an educator and community leader. Sellars' upbringing in Williams Lake, BC, was steeped in Indigenous culture, emphasizing family, community, and storytelling. Through his writing and speaking engagements, Sellars aims to reshape the narrative around Indigenous people and their struggles, paving the way for a more equitable future. Our episode is available on YouTube and on all podcasting platforms.
2. MLA Ellis Ross
Ellis Ross is the current Official Opposition Critic for Energy and LNG and MLA for Skeena. He has worked in the private and public sectors, including logging, beach-combing, and construction. Ross served as the Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation and was recognized as a business leader by BC Business and Canadian Business magazines. He is passionate about sports and coaching and has a daughter and two granddaughters. In the podcast, we discuss poverty in Indigenous communities and economic development as a potential solution.
3. Tchadas Leo the Host of the Podcast Our Native Land
Tchadas Leo is an award-winning Indigenous podcasting/TV host and producer of the popular podcast Our Native Land. Tchadas is also a talented journalist whose work has been featured on CBC Edmonton. He is currently studying for his Broadcasting and Online Journalism Diploma at BCIT and is passionate about sharing stories related to Indigenous culture, tourism, and language through his podcasts. In addition to his work in broadcasting, Tchadas is also an actor, having appeared in films such as Luna: Spirit of the Whale and the Great Salish Heist.
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4. John Borrows: Canadas Leading Authority on Indigenous Law
Aaron spoke with John Borrows about his passion for teaching Indigenous law and his mother's influence in his learning of Anishinaabe law. Borrows is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a leading authority on Canadian Indigenous Law and constitutional law. As a member of the Chippewas of the Nawash First Nation, Borrows co-created the joint common law and Indigenous law degree program at the University of Victoria, the first program in Canada to allow an integrated study of both legal traditions. The program opened in 2018 and offers a four-year degree.
5.Sharon Bond-Hogg: A Powerful Indigenous Entrepreneur Serving Up an Opportunity for Reconciliation
Sharon Bond-Hogg, a member of the Nooaitch First Nation and co-owner of Kekuli Café, sat down with Aaron to discuss her Indigenous cuisine business. Kekuli Café is the first Indigenous fast-food franchise in Canada, with locations in Kelowna, Merritt, and Kamloops. Sharon's passion and vision for an Indigenous QSR have led her to become the owner and CEO of Kekuli Café Properties Inc. She is also graduating with her MBA from Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business this year. Sharon is involved in promoting and sustaining Indigenous tourism businesses and is a member of various committees.