In 1993, a group of local Aboriginal Business owners started to ponder the idea of creating an organization comprised of Aboriginal businesses to work with and alongside the local Oilsands industry. It was agreed upon that working together as a collective, Aboriginal Entrepreneurs stood stronger and would have more opportunity to access work and training opportunities with Industry. The organization has evolved over the years, from the voice of few trying to find its place in the Wood Buffalo community to a leading business authority.
Syncrude, Suncor, and Keyano College were some of the first organizations to participate in NAABA events and lend their encouragement and support to this growing collectible of Aboriginal voices.
The sustainability of NAABA as an organization has been built on our membership’s commitment to the mission and vision of the organization since the inception in 1993. The organization has come a long way from it first eleven Full Aboriginal Members and eight Associate Members.
As an organization, we could not have achieved our success without those Indigenous business owners that came before us, pushing the boundaries and demanding that our people have equal access to work within our region. NAABA also owes its success to our valued associate partners both at an industry, non-for-profit and non-Indigenous business level. It took the belief and vision of a few to gain the confidence of our clients and community. Today we are a thriving organization and often looked upon nationally as a leading example of an Indigenous Business authority.