To promote business leadership, skills development and economic opportunities for Aboriginal women in rural and remote Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario


PARO has developed an Aboriginal Mentoring Program Handbook (PDF).  Contact info@paro.ca to learn more.

PARO has developed a Guide for Travel to Isolated First Nation Communities.  Contact info@paro.ca to learn more.

The Objectives of the Aboriginal Mentorship Program are to:

1. Expand economic development opportunities and support self-employment for aboriginal women by; 

  • Delivering Business Leadership Training for women living in rural and remote Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario which will include topics in:

    • Strategic and business leadership
    • Communication and leadership
    • Women’s Peer Circle Development and Support
    • Conflict Management
    • Making the most of community resources and more


  • Conduct Financial Management Training with six main components:

    • The Psychology of Money
    • Asking for the Money
    • Getting the Money
    • It’s Your Money
    • Keeping the Money
    • Managing the Money

2. Provide Mentoring and Networking Opportunities;

3. Introduce the Peer Circle concept as a source of peer support for aboriginal women in business and as a source for small business loans


Methods of Delivery to reach aboriginal women in rural and remote aboriginal communities will include: 

  • One-one counselling, mentoring and support
  • Group workshops and training – PARO on Wheels (mobile programming to communities)
  • E-learning via video conference and webcasting (KNET & Contact North)
  • Development of a new website - www.enterprisingwomen.ca
  • Networking events and opportunities
  • Promotion of PARO programs and services through development of partnerships and networking contacts – community engagement


Current Activities

  • Program Orientation à community engagement, developing networks and linkages with aboriginal economic development contacts and organizations – promoting the Aboriginal Mentorship Program and programs and services offered by PARO
  • Co-developing a Summer Workshop Series, together with our Program Development Intern, on Financial Literacy Training for aboriginal youth


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