Sarain Fox wins the Shopify Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Sarain Fox wins the Shopify Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

“This means so much to me because it took me decades to be able to claim storytelling as a career path,” said Sarain. “To me the art of storytelling and entrepreneurship started in the world of theater and seeing what could happen when you have the power to tell your own stories. Through my platform at Sarain Fox and my production studio, our goal is to create meaningful representation through all sectors. This award means so much because it not only recognizes recent work over the last few years, but decades worth of work that myself and so many Indigenous people have been doing to create space, meaningful dialogue, and to create activists.”

James Jones wins the Shopify Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

James Jones wins the Shopify Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

“I would like to thank my family, sisters, and friends who have been my biggest supporters throughout this process,” said James. “As an Indigenous artist and entrepreneur, I have learned that we belong in these spaces, whether it’s on billboards or in the media, we 100% deserve to be here. Thank you to all of the organizers of this event for this award! My number one call to action to any looking to start their social media journey is to ‘Just giv’er!’”

Vanessa Genier wins the Mastercard Game Changer Award

Vanessa Genier wins the Mastercard Game Changer Award

“I am honoured to accept this award in recognition for the work being done for Indigenous survivors by survivors,” said Vanessa. “I am here today because of my great grandparents and survivors, Emily and David. What started out as a grassroots project quickly became an international way to bring honour, respect, and love to survivors. Thank you to Pow Wow Pitch and Mastercard for honouring Indigenous entrepreneurs. I would also like to thank our many volunteers, our supporters, my first nation, our board, friends, and family.”

Niiostoseraah Thompson, Small Feather Empire Creates 2023 Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards Official Pin

Niiostoseraah Thompson, Small Feather Empire Creates 2023 Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards Official Pin

Niiostoseraah shares the following description of the design, materials and vision, “My intention for this pin was for everyone to feel proud of their accomplishments. From Chief Lady Bird’s ‘Ring’ art piece, I interpreted the flower and vines of the medallion to represent that anyone can blossom into whoever they want to be and take different paths to success.”

‘Ring’ Selected as Official Art for the 2023 Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards

‘Ring’ Selected as Official Art for the 2023 Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards

On this collaboration, Chief Lady Bird said, “I am happy to be partnering with Pow Wow Pitch because I believe in uplifting Indigenous entrepreneurs and love that Pow Wow Pitch is creating opportunities for Indigenous people to maintain ownership of their craft, business and intellectual property. It is important to me, as an entrepreneur, to be able to determine my own version of ‘success’ and be free to make choices that best represent my ethics, and I want this to be true for other entrepreneurs as well, and am always excited to watch other Indigenous people thrive!”