Ulnooweg, pronounced [Ul-noo-wegg], is a Mi’kmaq word which broadly translated means: “to make Indigenous or adapt beliefs, customs, and culture of the Mi’kmaq”.

Rooted within this context, Ulnooweg Development Group operates as an “Indigenized” Development Group that incorporates the perspectives of the Mi’kmaq people.

We Believe in dreams

In all ways, Ulnooweg operates as an extension of the communities they serve, working together to uniquely steward what is needed; whether in finance, culture, innovation, business or education.

As one team, we work together with a vision to create self-sustaining, healthy communities.

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What We Do

With representatives in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia, Ulnooweg has been providing loans and business services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs throughout Atlantic Canada since 1986.

Our registered charity, The Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation is focused on building capacity for children and youth across sectors in education, culture and innovation.

Beyond financing, The Ulnooweg Financial Education Centre (UFEC), assists First Nation decision makers by enhancing skills in governance and financial decision-making opening up opportunties for greater participation in the Canadian economy.

From walking people through the process of building their dreams from start up to success! We offer loans up to $250,000 and have non-repayable grants available.
Through the active engagement in the Canadian Economy our partnerships continue to expand as do we. From the Fisheries to Technological Innovation.

Ongoing Support

For over 20 years our biennial Entrepreneur Awards Show have celebrated the extraordinary people and businesses that support Aboriginal economic development.

Our Team Leaders

When you reach out to Ulnooweg, our team becomes your team. We are committed to helping Aboriginal businesses succeed !


The Aboriginal Entrepreneur Show

At the heart of all of Ulnooweg’s business activities is the drive to help Aboriginal business succeed. Ulnooweg’s Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award Show is a bi-annual celebration of individuals and businesses that have dedicated their talent and time to Aboriginal business development. 

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Current Initiatives 2018

Anniversary Fund

The roll out of the National Anniversary Fund that will support major Indigenous community development projects across Canada.
The delivery of coding, digital skills and STEM focused science to Mi’kmaq communities throughout Nova Scotia.
A registered charity established to assist First Nations Chief and Council to enhance financial decision-making ability.
Launching Ulnooweg’s Communities Foundation focused on supporting new opportunities for children and youth through engaged philanthropy.

Aboriginal Services & Businesses in Atlantic Canada

Currently updating our Aboriginal Business Directory.  Stay tuned!

We’re Here for You!

Serving all of Atlantic Canada, our team is ready to help!

All offices can be reached at our toll free number: 1-888-766-2376.

To contact a specific office, visit our locations page. To reach our general office, please fill out the form below and one of our team members will contact you within 24-48 business hours. We are excited to talk to you!


We Believe in dreams