13 episodes

A podcast series that shares the brave stories of Northerners who are inspiring innovation and community wellbeing through business.

Hosted by Xina Cowan, EntrepreNorth's Community Manager.

In this first season we’re inviting listeners to explore different ways of thinking about entrepreneurship and how it’s being creatively redefined in Northern communities. Venture Out’s guests are born storytellers and creators, and we and we know you’ll enjoy visiting with them.

Venture Out EntrepreNorth

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

A podcast series that shares the brave stories of Northerners who are inspiring innovation and community wellbeing through business.

Hosted by Xina Cowan, EntrepreNorth's Community Manager.

In this first season we’re inviting listeners to explore different ways of thinking about entrepreneurship and how it’s being creatively redefined in Northern communities. Venture Out’s guests are born storytellers and creators, and we and we know you’ll enjoy visiting with them.

    Angela Code is empowering women to find their strength on the land

    Angela Code is empowering women to find their strength on the land

    based educator, filmmaker, and facilitator from Tadoule Lake - a remote northern community in Manitoba.

    Angela has lived in the Yukon for many years and this is where she operates her business, Dene Cha'niyé - Indigenous Cultural Contracting. Dene Cha'niyé is Dënesųłıné for “our code of ethics” or “our set of morals” or “our culture, our way of being and knowing.” Angela loves her culture and being out on the land, and through her business she creates opportunities for others - especially women - to find that love too.

    She offers workshops on ethical hunting and harvesting from a Dene perspective and she also instructs hide tanning, tool making, and the processing of wild meat. Colonization has stifled these practices in many communities, and gender politics impact access to land-based skill development for women. Angela is shifting this narrative in critical ways, and in her words "if women feel empowered with knowledge and skills, they will pass it onto their children and we will have a much more robust economy. Our communities will flourish."

    In this episode, you will also meet Sayisi Dene | Dënesųłıné land guardian and powerhouse Stephanie Thorassie, who is a relative and dear friend of Angela's and is the Executive Director of the Seal River Watershed Initiative, which has a goal to permanently protect the Seal River Watershed from industrial development as an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).

    Follow Dene Cha'niyé on Instagram and Facebook

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    Venture Out's theme song is Fires Across the Tundra by Denendeh's Leela Gilday.

    • 52 min
    Gwich'in changemaker Jordan Peterson is sharing the art of negotiating with Northern communities

    Gwich'in changemaker Jordan Peterson is sharing the art of negotiating with Northern communities

    Meet Jordan Peterson: A disruptor, systems thinker, and entrepreneur from Aklavik, Northwest Territories.

    Jordan is the CEO of Affinity North: an Indigenous-owned consultancy dedicated to empowering communities and fostering sustainable growth. With a deep understanding of Indigenous culture and values, Affinity North specializes in negotiations, policy, governance, and strategic planning. By prioritizing cultural preservation, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity, the consultancy develops tailor-made solutions that create lasting positive impacts.​

    As a passionate advocate for Indigenous communities, Jordan has a strong background in leadership and negotiation. He has held significant roles, such as the elected Deputy Grand Chief/Vice President and Chief Negotiator of the Gwich'in Tribal Council, the Strategic Lead for Nation Building at Vuntut Gwitchin Government, and board member of various Indigenous organizations. In these roles, he has focused on advancing self-determination and fostering a new relationship with Canada.

    In this episode you will also meet beloved Elder Sarah Jerome from Fort McPherson, NWT. Sarah has spent her career leading the way in language and cultural preservation, and she is one of Jordan's greatest mentors.

    Follow Jordan and Affinity North on LinkedIn

    • 56 min
    Jennifer Lindell's hair salon centres the beauty of Inuit values

    Jennifer Lindell's hair salon centres the beauty of Inuit values

    Meet Jennifer: An award-winning Inuk entrepreneur, hairstylist, and mother from Iqaluit, NU. 
    Jenn is the Owner of Jenn 87 Hairstyling: Iqaluit's only Inuit-owned hair salon that offers clients a truly unique experience and sense of community. Jenn fell in love with hairstyling as a teenager and it's been her career passion ever since. Over the years, she's built a thriving business that models her cultural teachings and the values of respect and generosity that she was raised with.
    The salon is a space where clients come to feel beautiful and to feel at home. Inuit art and traditional design elements take centre stage, and passers-by are always invited to pop in for a coffee. On occasion, there's even the opportunity to buy smoked fish and handmade jewellery from local sellers. Knowing that access to commercial space is a major barrier, Jenn also ensures that her building (which she proudly owns) is available to host local sewing groups and community workshops. 
    In this episode you will also meet celebrated Inuk broadcaster and communications specialist, Joanna Awa. Joanna has been a devotee of Jenn's from the very beginning, and she deeply appreciates all the trailblazing work that Jenn has done for Inuit entrepreneurship across Nunavut. 
    Follow Jenn87Hair 
    ​Venture Out's theme song is Fires Across the Tundra by Denendeh's Leela Gilday.

    • 59 min
    Misty Ireland is carrying the spirit of plants forward

    Misty Ireland is carrying the spirit of plants forward

    Meet Misty: An Intuitive Entrepreneur who is Dehcho Dene from Tthek'éhsehdélı̨ First Nation (Jean Marie River) in the Northwest Territories.

    Misty is the Owner of Dene Roots, which promotes the power of Dene Science and offers products for those seeking deeper spiritual connections, balance, and wellbeing. For over 15 years she's been creating smokeless smudge sprays that can be used anywhere and blend traditional medicines like spruce root, juniper berry, and sage.

    Misty is also a Reiki Master and Life Coach. Last year, she made the bold decision to combine her gifts and jump into entrepreneurship full-time. She hasn't looked back since, and wants to encourage more Northerners to take the plunge. For Misty, entrepreneurship is a pathway to inspire community-level change that elevates our economies and our collective sense of wellbeing.

    In this episode you will also meet Tłı̨chǫ changemaker Benjamin Scott, who is the Founding Project Director of EntrepreNorth. Ben and Misty are thought partners who have offered each other a lot of mutual support over the years, and Ben has been witnessing Misty's growth journey since her participation in EntrepreNorth's inaugural Land Crafted cohort.

    Follow @deneroots

    Visit deneroots.ca

    This episode features Northern Love Affair by Digawolf. Venture Out's theme song is Fires Across the Tundra by Denendeh's Leela Gilday.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Joella Hogan is telling a different story through business

    Joella Hogan is telling a different story through business

    Meet Joella: A Northern Tutchone entrepreneur who connects people to culture and to land. She also happens to be an EntrepreNorth cohort alum and our first guest on S2 of Venture Out!

    In 2012, Joella stepped into entrepreneurship and purchased an existing soap business in the Yukon. She named it The Yukon Soaps Company and turned it into a community-building, language-learning, earth-connecting hub in her home town of Mayo.

    For Joella, entrepreneurship is a way to promote language ("if we don't use it, we're going to use it") and uplift Indigenous young people in meaningful ways. She always starts by asking, 'what does the community need?' and takes it from there. More recently, this has involved the launch of two new ventures: Raven's Landing and Dan K’ehte Natsedan - Learning Our People’s Way.

    In this episode you will also meet Northern Tutchone changemaker Eileen Peter, who is Joella's right-hand woman and the Marketing & Social Media Manager at The Yukon Soaps Company.

    Follow @yukonsoapscompany

    Visit yukonsoaps.com

    This episode features Brave Face by Diyet & the Love Soldiers. Venture Out's theme song is Fires Across the Tundra by Denendeh's Leela Gilday.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bobbi Rose Koe is making big waves with her guiding business

    Bobbi Rose Koe is making big waves with her guiding business

    Meet Bobbi Rose: a Gwich'in tourism entrepreneur and certified paddling guide who bravely launched her business Dinjii Zhuh Adventures in the Spring of 2021.

    Bobbi has a deep love for the land and people she comes from and is an active protector of the Peel Watershed, nestled within the borders of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. She's passionate about sharing this love with Indigenous communities, youth, and visitors whom she takes on customized paddling trips. Bobbi (an alum of our 2019-2020 Tourism Cohort) is also a natural leader who is supporting young Indigenous people to become certified guides and stewards of the land. This is her calling, and she's showing up for it wholeheartedly.

    Follow Dinjii Zhuh Adventures on Facebook | @DinjiiZhuhAdventures

    Follow Dinjii Zhuh Adventures on Instagram | @d.z.adventures

    Visit www.dinjiizhuh.com

    This episode features the track Space by Leela Gilday. Venture Out's theme song is Fires Across the Tundra, also by Leela.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

V. Aegirsdottir ,

Where Indigenous leaders honour both their ancestors and the future generations

I love hearing from powerful Indigenous leaders. the voices honoured in this podcast speak with so much respect for their ancestors, their culture and their responsibility as contemporary Indigenous entrepreneurs. The depth of their understanding of the trail they’re blazing for future leaders is inspiring and the way they honour their respective cultures is a beautiful reminder of all of the ancestors that stand behind each of us as we move through our individual lives. And of course Xina not only holds space for these incredible entrepreneurs. She also invites them to share such meaningful insight about their journeys. I could listen to these interviews all day long!!

1975MWS ,

Excellent

Really looking forward to further episodes! Great production, topics and guests. Love seeing business highlighted.

B2-x1a ,

Can’t wait to hear more!!

Important stories about important entrepreneurs shaping the future of Northern Canada. Through caring and understanding Xina is able to dig deep to get to the essence of indigenous entrepreneurship in the North. Stories like these should permeate other northerners mindset and give them permission to take chances to change their communities. For a podcast premiere, it already feels polished with a voice. Can’t wait to hear more!!

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