The 2016 Indigenous Innovation Summit: A place where tradition and innovation come together

EDMONTON — The National Association of Friendship Centres and its partners invite you to attend their second annual Indigenous Innovation Summit to be held on November 8 and 9, 2016 at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre. Organizations from across Canada will be showcasing innovation in unique and new ways. The event also features keynote speakers Joseph Boyden and Tomson Highway. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in deep and meaningful conversations with leading experts in innovation.

“Innovation is an Indigenous concept. Our people have been innovating for millennia,” said Erin Corston, Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), the event organizer.  “We’re looking forward to showcasing our innovative ideas and practices and building on the success of the first Summit.”

More than 300 delegates are expected to attend, including representatives from First Nations communities, national Indigenous organizations and Friendship Centres, as well as mainstream social innovators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. By bringing together leaders in Indigenous social innovation from across Canada, the Summit aims to share knowledge, expertise, and wise practices. It promises to unlock new ideas and build new fields of innovation.

Panel topics include:

  • Evaluating and celebrating your innovation;
  • Elders and seniors;
  • Intergenerational perspectives on innovation;
  • Networking with fellow innovators;
  • Building tactics to achieve your goals;
  • Actualization: exploring challenges and how to overcome them; and
  • Engaging and empowering children and youth.

The Summit is designed for and by Indigenous people, and is organized by the NAFC.

“In Edmonton, we’ll have a great opportunity to build on the many successes of the first Summit in Winnipeg,” said Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, a Summit partner. “We’ve seen over the past year how Indigenous innovations are transforming lives in Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous communities, and I believe this is just the start of a long and fruitful shared journey.”

There is still space available for those who wish to attend the Summit. Registration details are available on the Summit website.

About the National Association of Friendship Centres

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is a network of 118 Friendship Centres and seven Provincial and Territorial Associations (PTAs) from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For over 50 years, Friendship Centres have been the primary providers of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Indigenous people living in urban areas.

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