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Indigenous Innovation Summit: What Happened and What’s Next?

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The inaugural Indigenous Innovation Summit (#IIS2015) was a groundbreaking event. This gathering brought together many stakeholders who don’t necessarily always work together: Elders, youth, service providers, academics, artists, social entrepreneurs, foundations, government representatives – the list goes on. A total of 320 people attended the proceedings from November 18-20, at the beautiful Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Hosted by the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), and organized in partnership with the Winnipeg Boldness Project, the 4Rs Youth Movement, Canadians for a New Partnership, the Circle, and the Foundation, the Summit convened people interested in social innovation, solutions finance, social entrepreneurship and more.


As the first of three planned summits, the focus of this one was to develop a common language around social innovation and solutions finance; to connect those with resources to those with ideas; and to highlight some of the most innovative work currently taking place in Canada and abroad. (more…)

Reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples will involve each and every one of us

Nicole_Blog author enThere are certain events that always stay with people, etched in their memories forever. For me, Wednesday, June 11, 2008 marks one such event. On that day, I was at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge in Saskatoon alongside hundreds of survivors of Indian residential schools, as they listened to the prime minister make a statement of apology for the abuse and neglect that had been perpetrated in those schools for over a century.

I had begun working with survivors from the schools the previous year. I have always been drawn to work that enables me to have an impact on people’s lives. I think that is the reason why I ended up working in the public service. My first job was at Service Canada, where I worked on implementing the Common Experience Payment as part of the Indian Residential School Resolution.

Statement of apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools

Statement of apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools in 2008