Aboriginal Youth Business Co-op

Aboriginal youth is always a top priority for our president, Darrick Baxter. That is why he was honoured by the opportunity to share his background and experiences in business with a group of students from the Aboriginal Youth Co-op from Children of the Earth high school in Winnipeg’s North End. After presenting on his success in business the students engaged in a group discussion about what it took for them to achieve their goals.

Within the past 2 years, the students have been taking after school classes where they learned how to start a business, as well as how to market and sell their crafts. The group, along with their art teacher Cynthia Flett heard about a rise in popularity for adult colouring books and used that knowledge to launch a successful campaign of their own.

COTE’s student Co-op initiative was recently featured on CBC News, CTV News and National Post for their work in creating and selling the first adult colouring book featuring traditional indigenous artwork, called Colour Me Serene. They learned about more about business and sales when they held an abORIGINAL art sale in association with Manitoba Cooperative Association and SEED. The proceeds of the sale went additional art supplies for the Co-op, as well as to the student artists.