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CFDC of CIFN joins on as Co-Presenting Partner of the Kamloopa Pow Wow Pitch

April 8, 2024

Pow Wow Pitch, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs, is proud to announce the growth of its partnership with Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations (CFDC of CIFN) as a Co-Presenting Partner of the Kamloopa Pow Wow Pitch

CFDC of CIFN’s investment is providing early stage Indigenous entrepreneurs with access to business development tools and supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs by connecting them with necessary resources to further develop their businesses through financing, mentorship, and support.

In addition, CFDC of CIFN will also be present at Kamloopa Powwow as a Round 1 Judge and provide Mentors to the Top 10 pitchers, offering insight and expertise on how to strengthen pitches.

George Casmir, General Manager of CFDC of CIFN, expressed pride in the ongoing collaboration, stating, “CFDC of CIFN is proud to be partnering with Pow Wow Pitch for the third year in a row. We are committed to collaborating with the community on this initiative to support and spotlight Indigenous entrepreneurs in our community and to surround them with the tools, resources, financing, and ecosystem they need to start and grow thriving businesses. We look forward to supporting all the entrepreneurs who come out to pitch this year!”

Naomi Sarazin, Executive Director of Pow Wow Pitch, echoed the sentiment of collaboration, emphasizing the shared vision to empower Indigenous entrepreneurship. “Collaborating closely with CFDC of CIFN, Pow Wow Pitch is proud to deepen our partnership within the Indigenous entrepreneurial ecosystem. Together, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive celebration of Indigenous ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit, amplifying the voices of Indigenous creators, makers, and businesses as they forge innovative paths for their communities.”

By investing in Pow Wow Pitch, CFDC of CIFN aims to contribute to the creation of new opportunities for fellow Indigenous entrepreneurs and to uplift their scale. This partnership exemplifies how Indigenous-led entities can support Indigenous entrepreneurship and work towards economic reconciliation in Canada. 

About Pow Wow Pitch 

Pow Wow Pitch is an entrepreneurship program for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs, which provides a safe, supportive, collaborative, empowering and culturally supportive environment that addresses the unique challenges of Indigenous entrepreneurs and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs. Pow Wow Pitch enhances, develops and accelerates the growth for current and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs in a sustainable way through programs and resources. Community leadership through volunteerism is promoted as a reflection of respect and reciprocity as the foundation of the Pow Wow Pitch.

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About CFDC of CIFN

Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations (CFDC of CIFN) promotes and provides community economic development support services to Indigenous people within the Central Interior of British Columbia. To continue growing and flourishing as a corporation, they strive to uphold the business objectives, maintain program goals, methods, structure and assist with Indigenous Human Resource (in business-related services) and Skill Development, that reflect experience, needs and background of their clients and communities and remain linked to the overall economic, social, political and development of the Indigenous people.

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