our home and native land

our home and native land


The words “our home and native land” have been part of our national anthem for decades. But have we ever really thought about what those words mean? Who are we referring to? Apparently not the indigenous people who lived in harmony with the land before we “settlers” arrived. Imagine if we found a way to right or reconcile the wrongs of our past, and live up to those words. Yes it is “our home.” But firstly it was, and is, “native land.”

With gratitude,
Tracy and Jessica

After having the privilege of sharing dozens of stories of amazing women and their entrepreneurial journeys, we thought that it was time to share our own. Hearing our story, you could say we did everything wrong. But, what we’re learning through all these journeys is that there is no “right.” There is just your own unique path, and being supported as you stumble forward can make all the difference.

We are delighted to share this amazing new podcast series, Breaking Brave, from one of our own She’s on Top members, Marilyn Barefoot. In this week’s interview, Marilyn has an intimate conversation with First Nations Chief, author, and recipient of the Order of Canada, Dr. Edmund Metatawabin. In his book, Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History, he documents the horrors he and his classmates were forced to endure. This is a thoughtful conversation about the problems we still face today, and what needs to happen in order to move forward.

This Changes Everything is the riveting new documentary just released on Netflix. It explores a familiar subject, sexism in Hollywood, and takes it even further. It explains how the lack of strong female characters and storytellers has shaped our culture and the way women are viewed in the world. It also takes a look at how a male-dominated financial structure is behind it, as well as the government, and how changing the laws is the only thing that will cause a shift. This documentary also clearly demonstrates that when women are let in the door, the profits go up!

Tina Turner is a powerhouse, a force, and an inspiration. If you’re a fan, this documentary will only intensify that feeling, and if you aren’t you probably will be after watching this. Overcoming unimaginable obstacles, and horrific abuse, she found the courage, strength, and fortitude to not only survive, but to reinvent her life on her own terms, becoming an icon to millions around the world.

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret is hysterical, insightful, and fun. Vogue magazine calls it “Rollicking, irresistible, un-put-downable”. For anyone who swooned over Netflix’s ‘The Crown’, this book will be manna from heaven. Without ever explicitly positioning Margaret for our pity, the book perceptively reveals how we elevate in order to destroy. It’s going to be our summer read as we sip cocktails in the sun.

Roxanna Sabir is a lawyer at Downtown Abby Lawyers. A peace loving spiritual gangsta, she is a human rights warrior specializing in immigration and company law.

Roxanna received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography from the University of the Fraser Valley and her LLB Honours in International Human Rights Law in 2016 from the University of Leicester, in England. Her research drew on the commonalities between the early security and torture laws enacted during the Irish ‘Troubles’ and the post 9/11 security laws.

Called to the bar in January 2020, she then joined Downtown Abby Lawyers.. Roxanna loves working with entrepreneurs and women in business using their creativity and strengths to build vibrant and successful businesses.

She is also a musician who has toured, performed, recorded and taught music for over twenty years. When she is not at the office, you can find her singing, fiddling and collaborating with traditional and folk artists sharing her music. Her deep commitment to music and music education led to the foundation of the West Coast Fiddlers, a youth fiddle orchestra co-founded to promote and preserve traditional and folk fiddle music for our coming generations. As an artist, promoting and supporting artists in their business is a foundational driver of Roxanna’s practice. Applying for performance, travel and work visas, as well as reviewing documents, contracts, etc. to ensure that artists are supported and well compensated in their work remains a primary focus.

If you are a woman entrepreneur looking to grow your business, we’d love to help you. Through our  membership platform we offer multiple ways to make key connections that can elevate your business. Our private membership group enables you to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs that are invested in your success and looking for opportunities to collaborate. We also offer free workshops from industry experts and other opportunities to connect and grow. We know you have a unique value and a story worth telling. We’d love to learn more about you. 

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