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Red Deer Indigenous-owned business featured on APTN’s Bears’ Lair

Matthew Lapointe and Kelsey Boettcher represented Red Deer at the premiere. The couple’s business is Alberta K9, which trains professional working dogs and provides services in support of community safety and harm reduction initiatives.

Talk to rdnewsNOWLapointe, who is Métis, explains that the Alberta K9 breeds, breeds, trains and handles dogs for public safety roles, including drug and bomb detection, but also for things like diabetic alerts.

A former member of the RCMP and Blood Tribe Police Service, working primarily in First Nations communities, Lapointe left the service after 12 years to focus on the affairs of his wife Kelsey Boettcher.

The couple won their episode, including a $10,000 prize, and advances to the semi-finals, which will likely air in late October.

The showrunners want the program to inspire viewers to reconcileSTOCKa word that Lapointe likes.

“The biggest thing about this show for us is actually not the prize money. It’s good, but the most important thing is to inspire people. If we could inspire an Indigenous person or youth who has the potential and wants to become an entrepreneur, that would be wonderful,” he says.

“If you told me when I was young that one day I would work with working dogs, train them, own a business and travel everywhere, I wouldn’t have believed you. I was terrified of big dogs growing up. So to that native person watching who has a hobby or dream, get out there and pursue it.

He adds that the show will also educate Aboriginal businesses in the marketplace.

“We’re starting to do things that our ancestors may not have been able to do, were prevented from doing, or didn’t have the resources to do,” says Lapointe. “We are making a comeback. Aboriginal businesses are growing rapidly in Canada.

According to a 2020 report according to the Royal Bank of Canada, Canada’s Indigenous economy is expected to grow to $100 billion by 2025, more than triple the $30 billion in 2020.

Bears’ Lair judge Geena Jackson also spoke about reconcileSTOCK.

“[We hope] that they [the business owners] make compassionate decisions and then take meaningful actions that move our nation forward toward reconciliation,” Jackson said. “In a business context, ReconciliACTION means that every leadership decision – from buying to hiring, from training to mentoring, from marketing to investing – creates opportunities to build mutually beneficial relationships and elevate businesses. , Indigenous communities, knowledge and values.

The next episodes of Bears’ Lair are scheduled to air on September 18 and 25, then October 2 and 9, with the semi-finals and the final to air afterward.

Past episodes can be viewed at bearslairtv.com.