We won a Social Enterprise award for our work promoting Native Canadian art and wisdom! We were asked by the Conseil de Développment Economique de l’Alberta (Economic Development Council of Alberta) to send in a submission describing our business and applying for an award. The categories that were recommended to us were Rural Development and Women in Business.
When the time came, we traveled up to Edmonton for the awards ceremony. We met a lot of nice people, almost all of which were entrepreneurs themselves. When the awards started we were excited but the two categories we had applied to came and went and we were a bit disappointed to not be selected.
Then they announced that the committee had decided to create a new awards category. They started to describe our project and announced to my surprise that we had won! We won the award for Social Enterprise of the Year during the CDEA’s Lauriers de la PME gala on October 27, 2018! We are very excited to receive this award.
Our Indigenous-run social enterprise is made up of a business – Colouring It Forward and a non profit organization – CIF Reconciliation Society. Colouring It Forward produces colouring books, calendars, shirts and greeting cards that educate people about Indigenous art and wisdom. All of Colouring It Forward’s products are made with Indigenous artists and elders. They are also produced in Canada as supporting local is very important to its founders. CIF Reconciliation Society’s projects will focus on language revitalization and reconciliation.
Aside from making donations from product sales to Indigenous grassroots projects, Colouring It Forward will be supporting CIF Reconciliation projects.