Meet the Contestants!
Lights, Camera, ReconciliACTION! Bears’ Lair TV show weaves Indigenous Twists into a reality TV co-opetition. Learn about the Bears’ Lair Spirit of Coopetition, where cooperation and collaboration create healthy competition.
Season 1 Episode Guide
Episode 1 – September 11
The season opener introduces the first 3 of 18 Indigenous entrepreneurs pitching to our panel of Indigenous business experts ‘The Bears’ and Guest Judges to try to earn $10,000 and the chance to advance to the finals to compete for the $100,000 grand prize.”
Episode 2 – September 18
On today’s episode, we learn from three inspiring Indigenous businesswomen who succeed in finding ways to balance the need to uphold protocols and protect Indigenous Knowledge with opportunities to share their wealth of traditional teachings with the world.
Episode 3 – September 25
Three Indigenous entrepreneur competitors are creating quite a stir and tempting tastebuds on Bears’ Lair with their businesses creating custom cake designs, micro-brew bespoke beverages and unique line of traditionally-inspired seasonings and bitters.
Episode 4 – October 2
Three diverse Indigenous innovators impress the Bears and Guest Judge Teara Fraser, an innovator in the aerospace industry, by designing new products and technologies to tackle challenges in health and safety, baby care and food security and sovereignty.
Episode 5 – October 9
This Contemporary Culture episode of Bears’ Lair showcases Indigenous entrepreneurs who strengthen bodies with a touch of culture – meet the owner of Canada’s first accredited body art college, a Cree personal trainer and sisters creating self-care products.
Episode 6 – October 16
Today’s episode of Bears’ Lair features inspiring Indigenous Youth entrepreneurs creating unique products and a bright future. Which of these three youth-led companies from the prairies will advance to the semi-finals?
We are honoured to recognize these leaders who shared their insights with our courageous Contestants on the first-ever season of #BearsLairTV. Their support enables Bears’ Lair TV to shine a spotlight on emerging and established Indigenous entrepreneurs who can inspire others to follow their own path of self-reliance in the future
TV Coaching Crew
Incredible, Knowledgeable Indigenous women share their experiences to help the contestants pitch their fantastic business ideas!
Orene ‘ DJ O Show’ Askew
Orene’s DJ Services (DJ O Show)
African Squamish Owner
Episode – 3,4
Four Our Future Indigenous Economics Inc.
Saulteaux Nation CEO and President
Episode – 1,2,5,6