A Fort St. James Indigenous entrepreneur is a participant in one in all North America’s premier pitch competitions and stands an opportunity to win $25,000.
Auroara Leigh, founder and CEO of Merely Sacred Options was chosen from 2,400 candidates to be part of Pow Wow Pitch. A semi-finalist within the data, workshops and storytelling class, Leigh’s pitch entails a one-minute video to lift funds for a music medication/wellness tour that she has been designing for the previous 5 years.
Pow Wow Pitch, which describes itself as a grassroots neighborhood by and for Indigenous entrepreneurs, is in its eighth 12 months. Candidates despatched of their pitches between April 6 and June 21.
“The competitors is uplifting Indigenous entrepreneurs to have the ability to go to the subsequent stage of their enterprise,” she mentioned. “Being an Indigenous entrepreneur is an enormous duty as a result of it implies that I’m honouring all of those that have handed their knowledge to me and hoping that I do it justice.”
Her concept entails bringing a mixture of music and wellness on tour to totally different communities within the province. Leigh mentioned in doing so she plans to comply with in her grandfather’s footsteps. He additionally travelled throughout B.C. with music.
With a Grasp’s diploma in trauma-informed protected areas, she determined to make use of music to create a protected area for folks to return collectively and have conversations which can be often essentially the most difficult and a very powerful to have.
She mentioned she wished to make a distinction with the ability of connection, kindness and making a protected area for vulnerability.
“As a Métis lady, I can’t assist however construct bridges and stroll in a number of worlds, and we have now a particular present as Métis folks as a result of it isn’t a straightforward dance to do. However, if we don’t create the dance ground, then how can we anticipate others to hitch in?”
The finalists might be introduced on Aug. 9. The general public may also vote by means of the folks’s selection awards on powwowpitch.org