TORONTO INDIGENOUS BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Indigenous Community Association for Social Entrepreneurs
TIBA promotes the interests of urban Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners.
We operate in Toronto, Onatrio, specifically in the Bloor West area (surrounding Christie Pits).
We are building a formal network of Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners dedicated to collective professional and economic achievement.
If you are an Indigenous Entrepreneur (or aspiring to be one), please get in touch!
In December 2017 Chef Johl Whiteduck convened the first TIBA meeting at NishDish Marketeria and Catering at 690 Bloor Street West. 12 people attended the first meeting. By the third meeting in February 2018, Johl had negotiated an office and meeting space at CSI Annex for TIBA through a partnership with NishDish and Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network.
The attendance has grown from 12 to over 50 people at each meeting, and we have now established a core group of 13 members in which all of the 7 clans are represented.
The core group maintains operations of TIBA and as we are a registered non-profit in Ontario, a board of directors was elected consisting of three core members:
Ramona Reece, Michael Carlson, and Johl Whiteduck.
We are aspiring to create, build and nourish home residences, cultural facilities, schools, language centres, and businesses in a green environment with exceptional TTC accessibility. We have chosen the area for the rich history of Indigenous trade and travel routes and cultural ties that the area holds for our people. We anticipate hosting traditional gatherings around Christie Pits Park where our traditional medicine garden grows!
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