Bernice Clarke

Bernice Clarke

Founder & CEO
Uasau Soap Inc.

In 2012, Bernice Clarke founded Uasau Soap Inc., an all-natural bath and body product home-based business that incorporates Inuit teachings, traditional knowledge, Bowhead whale and Nuna to share, teach, and preserve Inuit culture while helping relieve troublesome skin conditions.

Passionate about lifelong learning and preserving her culture, Bernice holds a Diploma in Inuit Studies and a Certificate in Office Administration from Nunavut Arctic College, a Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency from the University of Victoria, and a Certificate in Advanced Management from Saint Mary’s University. Bernice was born and raised in Iqaluit Nunavut by her mother, Annie, and Grandmother, Kanayuk Kootoo, and now lives with her husband Justin and is a mother to three adult children and her youngest, who is ten.

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

Opening Ceremonies

Join Emcee Sunshine Tenasco, Kitigan Zibi Annishnebeg entrepreneur, author and activist, as she kicks off the inaugural SOAR Digital Gathering of Indigenous Entrepreneurs presented by Square.

Bernice Clarke, Inuk Founder of Uasau Soap, opens the SOAR gathering with a qulliq (seal-oil, blubber or soapstone lamp, ᖁᓪᓕᖅ) burning ceremony.

Bree Island, also known as Auntie Bree, is a nehiyaw iskwew / Cree woman from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Treaty 8 territory. Auntie Bree is a visual artist and owner of Mixed Creatives, a GFX VFX studio. And she is here today to share the story and meaning of the SOAR logo she co-created with the SOAR team.

SacRED is a modern-day digital shape-shifter, storyteller through movement and medicine woman of the heart, on a mission to support all people and the planet to recognize truths of the past and present while returning to a natural rhythm of well-being for the future generations. SacRED performs a spoken word and song that speaks to the rising of Indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators.

2:30 pm - 3:05 pm

Story Circles: Inuit Entrepreneur Stories

Join Leena Evic, President of the Piruvik Centre and Bernice Clark, Founder and CEO of Uasau Soaps Inc., as they share their entrepreneurial journey and how they use entrepreneurship to honour, celebrate and promote Inuit culture and strengthen their communities.