7 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 • 10 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.

    Jamie Wetrade-Stevenson turns up the heat with Northern Boudoir

    Jamie Wetrade-Stevenson turns up the heat with Northern Boudoir

    Meet Jamie: a 22 year-old Tłı̨chǫ Photographer who has brought the sensual art of boudoir to the Northwest Territories in a big way. She got her business license at 18 and has since built a highly successful company that helps clients to overcome their fears, step into their courage, and embrace their unique, sexy beauty. Jamie herself has overcome a lot and is proof that young people can do incredible things.

    In this episode, you'll also meet Sahtúgot'ı̨nę entrepreneur Jennie Vandermeer, who was Jamie's first boudoir client of 2021.

    Follow Jamie on Instagram | @jamiestevensonboudoir & @jamiestevensonphotograhy

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

    • 53 min
    Rosalind Mercredi's gallery invites everyone to get creative

    Rosalind Mercredi's gallery invites everyone to get creative

    Meet Rosalind: a former government director who became a full-time artist and entrepreneur in her fifties. She is the Owner of the beloved Down to Earth Gallery, which carries pieces from over 140 artists located across the territories. It's situated in Yellowknife's iconic Old Town and it's a hub for events, annual shows and creative encounters. For Ros, the real magic of her business comes from the 'Down to Earth family' who makes it possible for Northern artists and locals to come together and build community.

    At the end of this episode, you'll also meet Tłı̨chǫ artist Violet Martin who sells at the Gallery and has deep respect for Rosalind's big heart.

    Follow Down to Earth Gallery on Facebook: @DownToEarthGallery

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

    • 51 min
    Katie Johnson honours the art of gathering

    Katie Johnson honours the art of gathering

    Meet Katie: a bridge builder and visionary who's in the business of creating transformative experiences for people all across the Yukon. She is the Owner of Bella Elite Events and Consulting and the Co-Founder of the Adäka Cultural Festival. Katie is Southern Tutchone from Kluane First Nation, and in her language 'Adäka' means "coming into the light." This message embodies the path that Katie is on as a business owner and mother. Whether she's hosting a community forum or producing a performing arts mentorship program, she operates from a place of service and integrity; recognizing that her work is connected to something much bigger than her. In Katie's words, "Indigenous entrepreneurship is legacy."

    In this episode, you'll also meet Charlene Alexander (Executive Director of Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism and Co-Founder of Adäka), Vashti Etzel (Artist and Owner of Golden Eye Designs), and Katie's daughter Bella.

    Follow Adäka: www.adakafestival.ca | @adakaculturalfestival

    Featured song: We're Still Here by Diyet & the Love Soldiers

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

    • 53 min
    Nooks Lindell owns his story and style

    Nooks Lindell owns his story and style

    Meet Nooks: an Inuk artist, ulu-maker and entrepreneur who sees the world in full colour from his home in Arviat, NU. He is the Lead Designer and Co-Owner of Hinaani Design: an Inuit apparel brand founded by a collective of creatives from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. Nooks wears his heart and culture on his sleeve and leans on his love of making to heal and resist. For many years, he struggled to find pride in his own skin. Today, he has a new appreciation for his journey and infuses meaning and purpose into everything he designs.

    In this episode, you'll also meet Lori Tagoona, who is Nooks' cousin and a member of the Hinaani crew.

    Follow Hinaani Design: @hinaani.design | www.hinaani.ca

    Featured song: Snowblind by Tanya Tagaq

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

    • 59 min
    Introducing: Venture Out

    Introducing: Venture Out

    Listen to our season 1 trailer and discover some of the remarkable entrepreneurs we're profiling in this series! Venture Out’s guests are born storytellers and creators, and we know you’ll enjoy visiting with them. Featured guests in this trailer include Tania Larsson, Leena Evic, Nooks Lindell, and Kalina Newmark.

    • 3 min
    Tania Larsson defies 'business as usual'

    Tania Larsson defies 'business as usual'

    Meet Tania: a Gwich’in fine jeweller and hide tanner who designs exquisite adornments now worn by customers all over the world and featured in publications like Vogue. Tania is committed to operating her business differently, and she surrounds herself with innovative thinkers who encourage her to push the entrepreneurial envelope. One of her greatest sources of strength is her Mentor, Keri Ataumbi of Ataumbi Metals. Keri was Tania’s instructor at the prestigious IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) and after much vetting accepted Tania as her apprentice. Today, these two jewellers are like sisters and continue to elevate one another’s practice and determination to dream outside the box.

    In the second part of this episode, you’ll meet acclaimed jeweller Keri Ataumbi who lives in Cerillos Hills, New Mexico.

    Follow Tania and Keri:
    @tania.larsson | www.tanialarsson.com
    @ataumbimetals | www.ataumbi.com

    Featured song: Edge of the World by Jay Gilday

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

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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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