12 Years After the TRC, Where Are We On Economic Reconciliation?

“Give up control, change the power dynamic, put the money in the hands of the Indigenous people”

Why It Matters

Throughout Canada, we see Indigenous innovations solving community problems. Despite this, Indigenous communities experience the highest levels of poverty, and entrepreneurs continue to face lack of access to capital. What role will economic reconciliation play as we move towards post-pandemic recovery?

From a young age, Jennifer Harper recognized make-up as a powerful means of self-expression. But growing up with Anishinaabe roots, she also saw the lack of representation for Indigenous people in the industry’s branding and advertising. 

Knowing how vital it is for young people to see themselves reflected in the products and media they consume, Harper decided to do something about it. In 2016, she founded Cheekbone Beauty: an Indigenous-owned and founded ecommerce cosmetics company. 

Today, Cheekbone Beauty is an innovator in the beauty space, committed to going zero-waste by 2023. In June 2020, the National Research Council approved a grant to help the company develop a new foundation prod

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