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National Indigenous Peoples Day – Supplier Highlight

National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates the rich heritage and resilience of Canada’s Indigenous populations. To create a learning opportunity, we invited three of our Indigenous suppliers to share a little bit about their businesses and the Indigenous practices they implement to foster DEIB (Diversity, equity, Inclusion and belonging) in their companies.

 

Yukon Soaps Company
Mayo, Yukon – Joella Hogan, Owner

The Yukon Soaps Company creates beautiful, handcrafted soaps, shampoo bars, essential oil blends, and so much more. When I moved to Mayo to live in my grandmother’s community on our traditional territory, I envisioned reconnecting with the people of our community, land, and culture. Happily, I’ve been able to do all of that through The Yukon Soaps Company – from incorporating local plants in my formulations, employing local community, sharing Indigenous plant knowledge, and sprinkling in Northern Tutchone language wherever I can. The Yukon Soaps Company has allowed me to reach people in a meaningful, authentic way. With the support of my community, Elders, and loyal customers, I have created a life and a business that brings joy, is regenerative and supportive.

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Superior Strategies Inc.
Thunder Bay, Ontario – Jason Thompson, Owner


Superior Strategies Inc was founded in 2010, and is a 100% Indigenous-owned business that provides top-tier Project Management Consulting and Training services. Our expertise spans across project management, human resource management, business development, cultural awareness training and economic solutions.
Operating predominantly in Northern Ontario, Superior Strategies Inc serves a diverse clientele, including corporations, government bodies, businesses, not-for-profit entities, and First Nations/Aboriginal organizations. Our company name reflects our unique capability to foster trust and build strategic relationships between Aboriginal peoples, government, industry, and corporate sectors, facilitating the development of new business ventures. Our forward-thinking led to the creation of the Warrior Brand, offering a range of PPE, workwear, and most recently, Warrior Apparel.

I am proud member of the Red Rock Indian Band, with extensive two-decade managerial experience in various industries. My background is in organizational development, health & safety, and profitable business management. I am also a founding member of the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association. I am also the outgoing Chair of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Board, serving as President of the Shkoday Board.

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Drapeau Automatic Sprinkler Corp.
Kingston, Ontario – Gen Cumpson, President/Treasurer

Drapeau Automatic Sprinkler Corp. or DASC, opened for business in the fall of 2004, it was started to reintroduce family values and work-life balance back into our lives and back to the lives of the people who work with us.  Working in an environment where the goal was profit over people was not for us. I come from a family of tradespeople and knowing they are the reason I ever had food on my table and a roof over my head, I could not let them be a number in an accounting system. 

Compared to other life safety companies ours is small, we do the same things just on a personal level. Design, Fabrication, Installation, Inspection and Servicing of Automatic Fire Suppression and Detection Systems. We have an ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Management System, we are a Certified by the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and we are 60% owned by women. Our field forces are 427A certified Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installers or Certified Fire Alarm Technicians.

As a company, we are committed to the preservation of life and property from fire. As a family-owned business, we have the flexibility to pursue philanthropic interests, to be concerned with the well-being our team and their families, to continually promote education and training for all, to have transparency and inclusion in our decision-making, and proudly celebrating every team member accomplishment and individuality.

I am humbled every day, and I am always in awe of their knowledge, their honesty, the respect they give/show, the love they try to hide but is apparent to me, how brave they are when they “fight” for our industry and our company. I make a point of thanking my team for my job, that is the truth for both parties.

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To learn more about Indigenous relations and the rich history and diversity of the Original Peoples of this land, click here.