Matchstick is for all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women who are either starting a business or seriously considering bringing their ideas to life. Our program aims to connect like-minded entrepreneurs to share a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities!

Every journey starts with a map. We can help you create a business plan to show potential partners and lenders exactly what you’re visualizing as you start, grow, or scale your business in Saskatchewan. Even better, WESK gives members access to small business loans and resources for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Matchstick business advisors will give you insight on how to write your business plan and what to do once your plan is ready.

See what Matchstick participants are saying about the program:

“. . . made me think and get a clearer idea of my business goals.”

– on business development

“. . . the program generated ideas, brainstorming, [and] putting the ideas down on paper.”

“. . .there is a lot more planning needed prior to launching your business.”

– on understanding business planning

“. . . I don’t have a business background, so all of this information I am learning is all crucial and I am very grateful.”

– on building confidence

The Matchstick program aims to provide resources for starting a business in Saskatchewan, and includes workshops, business advising for entrepreneurs, and mentoring. Our main goal is to give you the tools to make your business a reality.

If you need to access financing, a loan from Matchstick can be the money you need to start or grow your business. For more information on loans, please visit our financing page.

Why Matchstick?

WESK’s Matchstick program was developed to help you achieve success in business. Together with our partners, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation (SIEF), First Nations University of Canada, FHQ Developments, and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), we created Matchstick for Indigenous women like you eager to:

  • Start and grow businesses
  • Employ people in your communities
  • Fuel economic growth in Saskatchewan for generations to come!

Let’s spark something amazing together!

Matchstick for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

About the Matchstick program (January 2021)
Indigenous Entrepreneur Spotlight: Christine Marie (January 2021)
Indigenous Entrepreneur Spotlight: Destinee Peter (January 2021)
Indigenous Entrepreneur Spotlight: Devon Fiddler (January 2021)

Stay tuned for information on our next Matchstick workshops and offerings!


If you have questions about Matchstick contact us.
(306) 477-6289