Matchstick Backgrounder

Timeline – Three-year Pilot (2017 to 2020)


  • Created Matchstick to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skills in Indigenous women.
  • Matchstick model moves the entrepreneurial process from the intention to start a business right up to owner-managers of more established ventures.

Matchstick Advisory Council

Creation of a Matchstick Advisory Council with representatives from Indigenous organizations to provide direction and oversight.

Partners included:

  • Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations,
  • FHQ Developments Ltd.,
  • Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation,
  • First Nations University of Canada,
  • Onion Lake First Nation

Fueling Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs


  • Gathered valuable input from Indigenous women entrepreneurs during 4 roundtable discussions that shaped the development of Matchstick
  • Delivered workshops for business planning and strategies for growth to Indigenous women entrepreneurs in 7 provincial locations (Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Onion Lake, and Yorkton; and one webinar)
  • Over 300 Indigenous women participated in training, networking, and mentoring
  • Four Indigenous women were trained to deliver business workshops, business advising and facilitating mentoring circles
  • Four businesses were created and expanded through Matchstick’s business advising and lending services

Pilot of Matchstick Funded by:

Western Economic Diversification Canada

FSIN (in conjunction with INAC and ARO)