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In pictures: A look at 6 aboriginal-run businesses in Canada Add to ...

Aboriginal entrepreneurship – and with it growing economic development – is ramping up in many communities, on and off reserve. The number of aboriginal entrepreneurs surged 85 per cent between 1996 and 2006, according to census figures, and growth rates have far outstripped the pace of new non-aboriginal business owners. The surge in entrepreneurship spans sectors, from new companies tied to the country’s natural resources boom to firms in banking, tourism and catering. Here’s a look at some of them.