The Centre will bring the right partners together and ensure the technology sector is meaningfully engaged in reconciliation and creating space for diversity in the workforce.

CIIT seeks to provide a space to work with various partners to gain a better understanding of Indigenous impact on the Canadian Technology and Innovation sector.

CIIT will look to better understand:

  • Indigenous technology and innovation labour trends
  • Indigenous technology and innovation contributions to the economy
  • Provide an Indigenous narrative on the innovation and technology sectors.

Timeline: August 2018 Landscape Report pending funding and partnerships

CIIT seeks to provide an Indigenous Innovation and Technology Network. This network will provide a common physical space and online/digital network and provide programming geared towards pairing social and technical innovation together.

  • Indigenous innovation events highlighting/pitching ideas
  • Indigenous youth innovation and technology training/summer camps
  • A network that brings together various business sectors to discuss Indigenous innovation and how technology can be used to better the Indigenous community

Timeline: April 2019 Launch Event pending funding

CIIT seeks to increase the representation of Indigenous Peoples in the technology and innovation sectors by offering programming that provides excellence in technology training.

  • This 24 month training and fellowship program will provide the learner with a unique on-the-job learning experience.
  • The participant will receive: housing stipend, salary, full stack technology, leadership and project management training, workspace and equipment.
  • Learning Modules include
    • Indigenous Leadership,Culture and Mentorship
    • Governance (Security)
    • Software Testing & Quality Assurance
    • The Basics of Blockchain
    • Simple Software Project Management
    • Entrepreneurship Skills

Timeline: January 2019 Initial Training and Fellowship Cohort pending funding.

Opportunity

There is an economic and social imperative to raise workforce* participation amongst Indigenous peoples, lower-income workers, women with young children, Canadians over the age of 55, and persons with disabilities.

*That task will become all the more important as technology replaces many of the jobs people in these groups currently perform.

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