President of Indigenous Link passes the baton to new ownership group
Respecting the importance of terminology, Indigenous Link (formerly Aboriginal Link) embraces a new name and beginning

WINNIPEG, MB – April 6 2020

Michael Milanese, President and Owner of Indigenous Link, announced the acquisition of his two-decade old company today.

Since 1999, Indigenous Link has been advising workplaces on how to build bridges to Indigenous communities. “We help our partners enhance community presence, build awareness, and develop strategies designed to demonstrate commitment and trust, leading to a pathway of long-term Indigenous inclusion success” said Milanese. “Trust and Commitment are the keys to building all good relationships. Knowing this, I realized there was need to create a company that would focus on this unique approach. My vision was to ensure Indigenous Peoples, our partners, and Indigenous Link would benefit from the relationship.”

Paul Warkentin, speaking on behalf of the new ownership group said, “Michael Milanese was extremely successful in building a company with a deep sense of purpose, strong roots in communities, and an incredible potential for continued growth. I am excited to move into my new role and work with the Indigenous Link team to help fuel that growth in the months and years to come.”

Paul joined the Indigenous Link team in 2015 as the head of Information Technologies and has been integral to the overall success of the company. Paul assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Michael Szajewski will continue his role as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “This acquisition represents a very exciting time for Indigenous Link and is part of the natural evolution of the organization. It will bring new opportunities for our Clients, Staff and the broader Indigenous community” said Mr. Szajewski.

All current staff have remained with the organization and will continue to provide the outstanding services that clients have come to expect.

For further information:

Michael Szajewski, CEO
P. 204-818-8967



Respecting the importance of terminology, Indigenous Link (formerly Aboriginal Link) embraces a new name and beginning

WINNIPEG, MB – May 10, 2018

Michael Milanese, President, decided it was time to rename the company out of respect to the Indigenous Peoples of this country. “This is a positive and respectful change and aligns directly with the United Nations Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples. The use of the word ‘Indigenous’ is the global standard,” says Milanese.

The term ‘Indigenous’ over ‘Aboriginal’ reinforces and encourages territory acknowledgements, a practice which links Indigenous Peoples to their land and respects their claims over it.

Over the next several months all branding of products, websites, social media channels, and email domains will be transitioned to Indigenous Link.

About Indigenous Link

Since 1999, Indigenous Link has been completely focused on developing tools to communicate with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis groups across Canada. They have developed a unique and diverse suite of measurable communication tools with a proven track record of engaging Indigenous Leaders, Decision-Makers, and Community Members for many of Canada’s largest Corporations and Government departments.

They also target Indigenous individuals through an ‘opt-in’ database of more than 20,000 e-Subscribers, Social Media connectors including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and a network of Indigenous-focused websites.

Using their Community Outreach strategies allows organizations to build a community presence, establish credibility and enhance corporate brand awareness by delivering information directly into 28,000 Indigenous offices, both on and off-reserve where 1.7 million Indigenous individuals work, live, learn, and play.

In addition to directly targeting Indigenous Leaders, Decision-Makers, and Community Members, and Job Seekers, they publish information to more than 20,000 e-Subscribers and to their network of more than 25,000 Social Media followers on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn ensuring we are inclusive to all Indigenous Peoples.

Milanese says, “The most-effective way to build a community presence is to have your messages posted on community bulletin boards which gain instant credibility and establish your desire to engage the community. Social Media must be viewed as a natural extension to the community bulletin board bridging the traditional, cultural, and virtual Indigenous communities”.

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