Startup Canada Podcast Ep.147: APAC’s Gabrielle Scrimshaw on supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs

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Gabrielle Scrimshaw considers herself to be an accidental activist.

After traveling the world and connecting with Indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand, and Peru, Scrimshaw found the strength to startup.

“People everywhere in the world are just like figuring it out. Nobody is giving you permission to do anything. You just have to go out and do it.”

Scrimshaw is the co-founder of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, an organization that offers services and programming for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit professionals.

Born in Northern Saskatchewan, Scrimshaw left Canada to travel the world and study, where she learned about international business and policy.

She’s a globally recognized speaker and has given her voice to nearly 100 speaking engagements. Scrimshaw is honoured in the highest regard by her community as the recipient of Indspire’s 2013 First Nations Youth award.

Today, Scrimshaw is a full-time student and dual degree candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School. In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Scrimshaw about how she’s creating a platform to support the next generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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