2021 Indigenous Entrepreneurship Awards
November 4, 2021 | Tonight, Pow Wow Pitch, a non-profit organization supporting and celebrating Indigenous entrepreneurs, announced Patrick Hunter from Red Lake, Ontario as a winner of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the inaugural Indigenous Entrepreneurship Awards which celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement and impact in Indigenous entrepreneurship.
Patrick Hunter has been living the dream and thriving as an artist, graphic designer and entrepreneur for the last eight years.
A two-spirit artist, Patrick’s goal is to make people feel good and bring more Indigenous artwork into public places.
Through his business, Patrick creates commissioned pieces and large murals and teaches virtual painting classes to support Indigenous artists in expressing their culture through public art.
Patrick has made a name for himself with artistic and graphic collaborations with RBC, BMO, EY, West Elm, Staples, and the Chicago Blackhawks and was the first Artist in Residence for Prince’s Trust Canada charity that aids in the reclamation of Indigenous languages.
“My vision is for Indigenous iconography to permeate the mainstream culture in a positive way,” said Patrick Hunter. “Not everyone grows up being proud of their culture, or get to it in public buildings. So, evening though entrepreneurship is not easy, it’s all worth it. To wake up every day and decide what to do with the day is one of the best feelings. Being able to support yourself with your gift and to make life better for others is truly special.”
“It is an honour for us to celebrate and recognize excellence and outstanding impact in Indigenous entrepreneurship,” said Sunshine Tenasco, Founder of Pow Wow Pitch. “Patrick uses entrepreneurship to take up space while sharing heart, culture and fostering understanding through art. Congratulations, Patrick, and thank you for your impact, example and legacy.”