Inez Jasper

Inez Jasper is a singer songwriter with powerhouse talent and universal appeal. As one of Canada’s top aboriginal musicians, her blending of traditional native sounds with a love for contemporary hip hop and R&B, brings the best of her culture to the mainstream world. Inez completed the Aboriginal BEST program in 2013, and was a regional winner of the Aboriginal BEST of the BEST Business Plan Competition held in Toronto in 2013

Exploding onto the Canadian music scene in 2006 and releasing her hit album Singsoulgirl in 2008, this proud Ojibway and Metis artist has been featured at myriad high profile events across the country including the 2009 Aboriginal Tourism BC Awards, “Native Rocks” at Winnipeg’s Pyramid Cabaret and a headlining performance at AMP Camp (Canada’s prestigious Aboriginal Music Program), not to mention feature spots on national television programs like “Beyond Words”. Despite all the attention, she maintains an endearing humility and commitment to inspiring youth.

“I always tell fans that whatever their passion, they should go for it. But I don’t just paint a pretty picture. I let them know that achieving their dreams is all about hard work, determination, and asking for help when you need it.”

Inez’s lyrics speak of strength, cultural roots and pride in identity. As for her music…it speaks for itself.

DJ “O Show”

Orene Askew was pretty content with her life. She had a job, was very active, but always had some business ideas looming in her head. She decided she wanted to start her own DJ-ing business. The idea had been in her head for over 3 years, but she wasn’t sure how to pursue it head on. And then she heard about the 2011 Aboriginal BEST Program and decided to register for the classes. Orene now hosts a weekly show on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio, based in the downtown Eastside. The show, Sne’waylh, literally means “teachings” and the first 15 minutes of every program is a lesson in Squamish language. And her business, DJ O Show, keeps the dance floors hopping all over the Lower Mainland.

Success Stories

Some of the Many Other Success Stories

Angel of the North Artworks
Anita Bryant
(Manufacturer wooden bed frames)
Belly Bean Imaging
Better Bookkeeping
BeYOUtiful Salon
Bizzie B’s Cleaning
Camilano Native Art
Charles Construction Safety Services
Chinook Song Catchers Entertainment Group
Clayton Goodfellow
(Georgia Street Media)
Coast Salish Environmental
Cody Electric
Creative Journey Studio
Culture Performance Film
Darrell Kelly West Coast Artworks
Delicious Business Catering and Consulting
Desiree Dumont
(Native Designer and Retail Art Store)
Elizabeth Alexander (Sta’tlimc Social Networker)
Erica-Cut and Nailed (Winner of BC Aboriginal Business Award, 2014)
First Nations Centre of Excellence Ltd.
Forest Raine Cleaning Company
Free Spirit Pottery
Got Salish
(Award-winning Carver)
Heather Bears Beading Supplies Store
Hook, Line and Sinker
Keeleela Yoga
Keylela House
(Workshops and Wellness)
Knownwell Productions
Leer Faye Espresso Kitchen
Marilyn McKee
Marilyn Mon Rose Florist
Modern FormLine

Nahanee’s Aboriginal Woodcraft
Nahowlitch Native Art
North West Coast Native Art
PR Joseph Construction
Pure Beauty
Pure Creations (Clothing)
Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co.
Rez Apparel
Rez Berry
(Food Manufacturer)
Rhea Williams (Artist)
Rivers Consulting
Robin Titian
(Clothing Design)
Sabrina Sam (Seamstress)
Salish Spirit (Carver)
Salon 235
Seabreeze Takeout
Shellene Paul Consulting
SkyRide Cycle
Sky Spirit Art Studio
Smoke Signals Flagging
Splashing Eagle
Tara Daley, Gypsee Designs
The Capilano Tea House
Thunderbird Filing Management Systems
Tipi Mountain Native Plants
(BC Aboriginal Business Awards Winner)
Tony and Bernice’s Bead Supply
T’sala Spa
Village Green Landscaping
Vina Brown – First Yoga
Wolf Pack Designs