On November 16, 2023, law students from the L. Kerry Vickar Business Law Clinic attended the 17th annual Visionary Indigenous Business Excellence (VIBE) Awards, hosted by the Asper School of Business Indigenous Business Education Partners (IBEP) at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Each year this event celebrates the achievements of Indigenous businesses in Manitoba.
Law students at the Faculty of Law learn a lot about the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations, intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism as well as other subjects. However, there is also a need for law students to get outside of classrooms to learn more about Indigenous entrepreneurship and see first-hand examples of Indigenous economic development and Indigenous business excellence which is vital to learning and witnessing Reconciliation in action. This is exactly what Business Law Clinic students wanted to do in attending the Asper School of Business, Indigenous Business Education Partners (IBEP) VIBE Awards which recognized and celebrated this year’s VIBE Award winners Dreamcatcher Promotions and La Brasserie Nonsuch Brewing Co.