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DelormeA growing number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people are owning and operating their own businesses.

From corporations that employ hundreds of workers to one-person home businesses, they are offering goods and services across the entire spectrum of the economy – from hotels, banks and the oil and gas services to retail stores, restaurants, and colleges.

According to the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, there are 15,000 businesses owned by Aboriginal people in Canada.  Half of these are located in urban centres, with the rest located in rural communities or on reserves.  Aboriginal self-employment has, over the past fifteen years, grown at three times the average Canadian rate.  Today, many reserves have a full complement of business, professional and trades people.