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Dow and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business collaborate to support thirteen Indigenous-owned businesses

Dow and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business collaborate to support thirteen Indigenous-owned businesses

October 10, 2023, Toronto, ON – Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Dow announced today 13 Indigenous businesses to be awarded grants of $5,000 and a one-year CCAB membership through the Dow Indigenous Economy Fund.

The entrepreneurship fund, which accepted applications from Indigenous businesses based in Alberta and Ontario, is administered through CCAB’s Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business (TFAB) program. The goal of the initiative was to enhance Indigenous entrepreneurship by providing access to development and networks.

“Through the Dow Indigenous Economy Fund, we are proud to support Indigenous entrepreneurs as they continue to innovate, develop, and grow their businesses,” said Diego Ordonez, president, Dow Canada.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

3 Flames Crossfit, Hagersville, ON
Arrowhead Industrial Insulators, Cold Lake, AB
Blooming Cupcakes, Okotoks, AB
First Nation Flights Ltd., Charing Cross, ON
Gencity Inc., Sault Ste Marie, ON
HAEPI SLP Therapy Services, Thunder Bay, ON
Indigenously Infused, Curve Lake, ON
Jet Splitz Inc., Port Perry, ON
Lighting Spark Books, Toronto, ON
M’Shki Ki Medicine Basket Inc., Kapuskasing, ON
Naagan by Chef Zach, Owen Sound, ON
Qiviut Inc., Nisku, AB

“I am extremely honoured and grateful for this generous grant. It means so much to me. I will be placing an order to print additional copies of my books right away,” said Pamela Devonshire, owner of Lightning Spark Books. “The Dow Indigenous Economy Fund grant will help me with my wish to honour, remember and raise awareness of my ancestor, Mohawk Chief and Captain John Deserontyon. The book series will also help to raise funds to support, protect and revitalize Indigenous language as net proceeds from book sales are being donated towards the new Mohawk Language and Cultural Centre in Tyendinaga.”

“Congratulations to all of the Dow Indigenous Economy Fund recipients across Ontario and Alberta,” said Philip Ducharme, CCAB vice president of entrepreneurship & procurement. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with Dow on the launch of this fund, which will support Indigenous businesses and empower the Indigenous economy.”


About Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

CCAB is committed to the full participation of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s economy. As a national, non-partisan association, its mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy through the fostering of business relationships, opportunities, and awareness. CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to its members to cultivate economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples and businesses across Canada. For more information, visit www.ccab.com.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

Media contact

Alannah Jabokwoam
Sr. Associate, Communications & Public Relations
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
ajabokwoam@ccab.com | 416.961.8663 ext. 227