New group formed

From left, elder Victor Pelletier, Anishnawbe Business Professional Association president Jason Rasevych, director Brian Davey and treasurer Jason Thompson started the newly formed ABPA on Friday at the NADF office in Thunder Bay.

Indigenous business owners in Northern Ontario now have some support and advocating power behind them with the start of the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association on Friday.

The purpose of the ABPA is to stimulate and promote the growth of First Nation businesses from Sudbury to the Manitoba border.

“Within the network of the First Nation communities in the north, we saw a gap — a gap for advocacy, a gap for support for the First Nation business community and entrepreneurs,” said Jason Rasevych, president and co-founder of the ABPA. “At times our elected leadership within First Nations and political organizations are very busy and doing a lot of great work of discussing community infrastructure related to housing and . . .social programs and I guess reacting to legislation and partisan issues.”

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