Vancouver, October 17, 2023 – In honour of JA British Columbia (JABC)’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, JABC is launching JA Company Program for Indigenous Learners across British Columbia. This immersive entrepreneurship initiative will equip students and young adults with essential business skills and knowledge to help them launch their own ventures.  

This unique pilot program is generously supported by Canadian businessman and philanthropist Peter Brown. Peter said, “This program will empower Indigenous youth by nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit, fostering economic growth, and honouring their distinct cultural heritage. I aspire to see it pave the path for a more inclusive and prosperous future for young British Columbians.” 

JA Company Program will be hosted in three Indigenous communities and online in the 2023-24 school year. One of the confirmed communities is the Osoyoos Indian Band in Southwestern B.C.  

“I am a firm believer in the power of entrepreneurship and quality of life, and I am thrilled that this program will be hosted here,” said Chief Clarence Joseph Louie, a Business Laureate of British Columbia 2020 inductee and strong supporter of economic and business independence for his community. “Together, we’ll empower our community and our young people to thrive and prosper through innovation and opportunity.” 

The 16-week after-school experience will offer a small class setting to guide Indigenous learners through the process of starting and running a business. Topics include concept development, business planning and effective sales strategies. 

About JA British Columbia (JABC) 

JA British Columbia (JABC) is a not-for-profit impact organization that delivers free hands-on, immersive education in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship. 

Reaching thousands of young people each year through partnerships with educators, volunteers, and donors, JABC is one of the few organizations with the experience and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders. 

For over 65 years, JABC has served B.C. youth, including Indigenous communities, people of colour, and at-risk populations. JABC’s real-world training helps young people develop the skills to build successful careers, prepare for the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, and learn to thrive financially. Through JA, young people are equipped with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. 

JABC is a proud member of JA Canada and JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest and most impactful NGOs. Learn more at 

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