Celebrating 6 Indigenous Women In Business

March 7, 2024

Honouring women all year, Indigenous Tourism BC sees International Women’s Day as an opportunity to highlight a few of the exceptional Indigenous Women in local business. Learn about and support the six women below, who each lead flourishing initiatives and incredible Indigenous experiences across British Columbia. —Julia Dumbrell

From the Indigenous jam and catering company Tradish, Ancestor Cafe was just debuted in Fort Langley by founder, owner and Chef Sarah Meconse Mierau. While supporting Indigenous food sovereignty, the new cafe will expand on Tradish’s mission to bring traditional Indigenous nourishment to health-conscious people.

Marina LeClair co-founded Tawnshi Charcuterie, a twist on the typical charcuterie fare featuring unique flavours sourced from Canadian Indigenous communities. Differing with each box, LeClaire includes non-traditional and delicious bites such as pickled milkweed pods, cedar jelly and sea bacon.

As the first Indigenous woman to establish her own airline with Iskwew Air, CEO Teara Fraser soars through an empowering flight path. As a passionate entrepreneur, Fraser will also be launching Liberty Wilderness Lodge in mid-May, an off-grid wilderness experience on Babine Lake.

Guided by her passion for the land and by the protocols of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and L̓il̓wat7úl Nations, Alison Pascal curates the exhibits for the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. Pascal was introduced to Indigenous Tourism during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and has since evolved to her position as the developer of leading exhibits.

Born and raised in Tofino, Maria’s role as the Tin Wis Assistant General Manager is inspired by her deep roots in the local community and a strong connection to the land. Her commitment to the community is further embodied in her time volunteering and supporting initiatives which promote environmental sustainability and cultural preservation.

Erin Brillon began Totem Design House in 2004 with a line of custom clothing. It’s flourishing today, having expanded to produce sustainable clothing, jewellery and wellness products, and an exclusive collection of works by Northwest Coast artist Andy Everson.


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