dk Architecture receives 2022 Indigenous Business Award

The BC Achievement Foundation has recognized dk Architecture among eight recipients of the 2022 Indigenous Business Award (IBA). The North Vancouver-based firm received an award in the Business of the Year – one-to-two person enterprise category.

A soaring canopy provides a warm welcome and a sheltered gathering place for visitors to the Skeetchestn Health Centre, outside Kamloops, B.C. Photo by Martin Knowles

As a “socially responsible, architecture firm” dk Architecture provides services for commercial, cultural, educational, first Nations, health, multi-unit residential, and sustainable projects, with a holistic approach.

“All building projects impact the environment in many ways. The key is to ensure that any building will complement the environment,” says the firm.

Presented annually, the IBA recognizes the contributions of extraordinary Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs across BC, while helping to elevate connections between the province’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous economies.

This year’s award theme is “Thuyshaynum: preparing the path, directing the feet,” which addresses the tireless work being done to correct perceptions of Indigenous history and build respectful, meaningful relationships.

“When we come together to celebrate Indigenous business achievement, we are also blazing a path for today’s youth and for the generations that will follow. The Indigenous Business Award program recognizes business achievement, honouring innovative ideas and new ways of making our economy more robust and more inclusive,” said Anne Giardini, OC, OBC, KC, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. “Every year, the enterprises recognized with an Indigenous Business Award highlight ways we all benefit from an ongoing reconciliation of the practices of the past with the economies of the future.”

The 2022 IBA recipients will be recognized in a formal gala ceremony – open to the public – held on November 29 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.