Indigenous Business Directory

Last updated: June 24, 2024

Welcome to the Indigenous Business Directory of UBC, a curated list of suppliers committed to supporting the objectives outlined in the Indigenous Strategic Plan of UBC. These businesses are identified as majority-owned/controlled (51% or more) by Indigenous peoples.  

The Indigenous Business Directory of UBC was developed in response to community feedback requesting support in locating and identifying Indigenous businesses to consider when making purchasing decisions. The directory is a centralized resource to empower university faculty and staff to identify businesses that align with their procurement needs, and foster proactive engagement with the Indigenous business community.

The directory is intended to increase supplier opportunities for Indigenous businesses and improve inclusion of Indigenous suppliers in upcoming work at UBC. It will help to streamline and enhance the business engagement of UBC with Indigenous-owned enterprises, and promote economic empowerment, encourage the preservation of unique cultures, foster sustainable practices, and cultivate a richer, more inclusive marketplace. UBC strongly encourages faculty and staff to engage with Indigenous businesses for your procurement needs.

The Office of Indigenous Strategic Initiatives and the CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team are aware and supportive of this initiative. The curated list of vendors are based on lists published in the Indigenous Services Canada Indigenous Business Directory and BC Indigenous Business Listings, and business certifications and memberships with certifying organizations such as Canadian Council for Indigenous Businesses (CCIB) and Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council. UBC continues to build on connections with the Indigenous community and hold gratitude for the engagement, feedback and guidance throughout this process.

View the Indigenous Business Directory (CWL required)

View specific subcategories below (subcategories are located on tabs at the bottom of the directory):

Learn more about Indigenous peoples and communities

Guidelines for utilizing the directory

It is important for transparency to acknowledge that the listed suppliers have not undergone UBC’s prequalification process for quality assessment. The directory is a living document, updated quarterly, and is a first step for UBC to strive to expand and enhance our network with Indigenous businesses.

For more information about our procurement process, please visit the Procure to Pay webpage.

Joining the directory

Suppliers who wish to be included in the directory or update their existing entry can submit their business information via the survey link below. UBC staff may also submit a supplier’s information via the survey on their behalf, if preferred by the supplier. Please note that being indicated as "Indigenous" on Workday does not ensure inclusion in the directory, or vice versa, as we require explicit permission from the supplier and some additional information to create an entry in the directory. Consent is key as we strive to foster respectful relationships with Indigenous suppliers. See below for information on how to set up a supplier in Workday.

Request to join the directory or update existing entry

To opt out of the directory, please email

Setting up a new supplier

A new classification field to identify Indigenous businesses and/or vendors in Workday is available. Visit Supplier Set Up to learn more, or See Create Supplier Request in the Workday Knowledge Base for guidance on creating a new supplier in Workday.  


Should you have any questions or require assistance in utilizing the directory, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Procurement Programs team (

We appreciate your commitment to fostering a more inclusive and supportive business environment for Indigenous businesses.

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