Startup Canada Indigenous Entrepreneur Award

Nicole McLaren |  founder of Raven Reads

Raven Reads, a subscription service delivering Indigenous books and giftwares across Canada. Her company champions the growth of Indigenous-led companies and is passionate about advancing Canada’s journey of reconciliation. Raven Reads provides a safe space for complex conversations and connects subscribers with Indigenous products they’re not likely to find in stores. In 2018, Raven Reads donated one dollar from each box sale to the First Nation Caring Society to reduce the gap in First Nation education support.Nicole is also the founder of the Indigenous Women’s Business Network, which offers free business counseling and more, particularly to entrepreneurs in rural areas. Nicole is transforming the landscape for Indigenous-led innovation, story-telling, and reconciliation.