Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow is Ojibwe and a Band Member of Whitefish River First Nation located on Birch Island, Ontario in the District of Manitoulin island and is the founder of the Innovative First Nations social enterprise, Birch Bark Coffee Company and he is on a mission to change Indigenous lives across Canada.
Birch Bark Coffee Co. is new start-up that was established in March of 2018 and is proud to offer organic, Fair-Trade and SPP (Small Producers) certified coffee.
To bring clean drinking water to every Indigenous home suffering from ‘All Water Advisories’ by providing and installing certified water purification systems in every Indigenous home for free in Canada.
Birch Bark Coffee Company believes ‘Water is a Fundamental Human Right’ and no one should be without clean drinking water. We will lead by example and be a leader as a First Nations Innovative social enterprise with ‘Coffee Making a Difference’.
Birch Bark Coffee Company is cause-driven whose primary existence is to improve on- going social issues for Indigenous families with a focus on creating a positive community change. Sustainable revenue still plays an essential role in our venture and Birch Bark Coffee Company’s goal is to become a highly profitable social enterprise to ensure the foundation is a secure and sound venture. Mark’s speaking engagements aim to inspire future aspiring entrepreneurs interested in the Global shifts in social enterprises as it becomes part of a new movement in business and entrepreneurship.
Nbiish (water) is a sacred element that we have been blessed with upon mother earth. As we continue to pollute our waters with contaminates, our water continues to struggle as it tries to purify itself. Water in so many ways is connected to our very existence, yet we forget water to be one of our greatest medicines.
Our footprints must hold faith and dreams for a better future. They must hold encouragement and family support.
Our footprints must hold the medicines of mother earth and the knowledge to care for her, so the lands and waters may flourish.
Our footprints must have a balance to ensure we are emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally connected.
Our footprints must contain the 7 Grandfather Teachings, Love, Respect, Humility, Bravery, Truth, and Honesty in order that we may live a good life, the path we choose will make a world of difference for all our relations, waters, and lands to follow.
Mark’s purpose is quite simple, bring clean drinking water to the Indigenous communities and bring smiles to the children’s faces.
Founder of Birch Bark Coffee Company