How can we solve the biggest health, social, and economic challenges for Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada, using a gender lens?

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Challenge award: $5,000

Challenge award: $5,000


This challenge is tied to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:


This challenge is tied to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

Background

Indigenous peoples have lived in what is now Canada long before the arrival of the first European settlers. Indeed, the history of Canada would be incomplete without the stories of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. The same is true of its future.

According to the 2016 census, there were 1,673,785 Indigenous people in Canada, accounting for 4.9% of the total population. This was up from 3.8% in 2006 and 2.8% in 1996. Since 2006, the Indigenous population has grown by 42.5%—more than four times the growth rate of the non-Indigenous population over the same period. The majority of the Indigenous population belonged to First Nations (58.4%), Métis (35.1%) or Inuit (3.9%). In addition to those who reported a single Indigenous identity, 2.6% of Indigenous people reported more than one Indigenous identity or an identity that was not included elsewhere.
The Indigenous population of Canada is young, with 26.8% of Indigenous people in 2016 under the age of 15, and 31.0% aged between 15 and 34 years; compared to 16.4% and 25.2% respectively for the non-Indigenous population.

The Indigenous Innovation Initiative (I3) was started to address health, social and economic challenges and spark community-led Indigenous innovation. Our vision is to improve peoples’ lives through Indigenous innovation.

Indigenous peoples’ resilience is rooted in their deep knowledge and relationships to land, community, and spirit. Social innovation is a concept that resonates within Indigenous worldview and values.

We believe that Indigenous innovators will use their knowledge, lived experiences and determination to solve the grand challenges in their communities. They are the closest to those challenges, and best suited to define the bold solutions needed to solve them.

In the context of Cooperathon 2020 the Indigenous Innovation Initiative at Grand Challenges Canada is looking for:

Indigenous-led innovative solutions to address social, health and economic challenges. The participants interested in this challenge need to follow the next 2 steps:

  • Identify a social, health or economic challenge that you want to tackle in your Indigenous community.
  • Suggest an innovative solution (Indigenous innovation) to that challenge that considers the four core principles of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative challenge.

Core Principles of Challenge

Gender lens
We define the application of a gender lens as the practice of considering the influence of gender and the impacts on people of all genders across all aspects of the innovation. Applying a gender lens includes consideration for how the innovation empowers women and girls, including gender diverse peoples, and how the work applies a gender-aware approach

Indigenous innovation
Indigenous innovation is when some or all parts of a program, product, process or service that is designed, developed or invented by an Indigenous person or community is one of the following:

  • A new idea, program, product, process or service
  • A unique modification of a current program, product, process or service

We recognize that Indigenous innovation as not exclusively something new, but something that can be based on historical or traditional Indigenous knowledge and practices and applied to a new situation or context.

Indigenous-led ideas
Each group that presents an idea for this challenge must be led by an Indigenous individual.

Indigenous Identity
The purpose of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative is to support innovation and social impact that is led by and/or created by Indigenous peoples.

We believe in an inclusive approach to Indigenous identity, and that things like past and ongoing colonial policies and the impact of racism has contributed to many Indigenous peoples, communities and groups being exclusively targeted or outright excluded by various programs.

It is our intention to be thoughtful about access to the Indigenous Innovation Initiative’s programs, and to make sure we demonstrate accountability to our communities. This includes being transparent about where each project is from and how it will make a positive impact for Indigenous groups, inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

We recognize that not everyone is “registered” with their respective Indigenous governance organization. We will work to support innovation by and for status and non-status First Nations, registered and unregistered Métis, and those who are and are not beneficiaries of their Inuit Land Claims Organization, no matter their gender, sexuality, experiences or gifts, and respecting the variety of ways an Indigenous community might be identified.

Successful applicants to the Indigenous Innovation Initiative’s programs and opportunities will be asked to demonstrate their connections to Indigenous identity and community. This could include a copy of your “registration” and/or a letter of support from your governance organization (e.g., Band office) and/or a letter of nomination from an Indigenous community organization or group, and/or other relevant evidence of your connection.

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