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Driving Indigenous innovation through partnerships

Industry

Solve the research challenges that your Indigenous organization is facing, leverage your funding, and receive one-to-one support from Mitacs.

Students

Develop your career through new research connections, job experience, professional training, and funding across all disciplines.

Professors

Build research partnerships while funding your students and postdocs. Apply any time for help with funding.

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Using AI for Indigenous language revitalization

The Sanyakola Foundation is a not-for-profit society, formed after consultations with Kwakwakaʼwakw elders in Port Hardy, British Columbia. It is the brainchild of Sara Child, researcher at North Island College, who is on a mission to build a template for Indigenous language revitalization worldwide.

A community-based approach to managing impacts in northwest BC

Simon Fraser University students collaborated with the Metlakatla Stewardship Society on a management program that equips the Metlakatla First Nation to make well-informed decisions on the cumulative effects of resource exploration within their territory.

CO-Away: a digital tool to help northern communities address COVID-19

University of Regina researchers have teamed up with residents of Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, on a platform to support enduring solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative has the potential to expand beyond the region and address other challenges.

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“Education got us into this mess and education will get us out of this mess”

-  Senator Murray Sinclair

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Candice Loring is a proud member of the Gitwangak Band from the Gitxsan Nation. Candice is passionate about economic development in Indigenous communities, which led her to pursue a degree in business management with a minor in psychology from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Drawing on her extensive experience working in the financial industry, Candice now applies her business expertise as a Director of Business Development and Indigenous Community Engagement with Mitacs. Candice’s greatest accomplishment is raising her two boys, Jonah and Caleb.

Candice Loring

Director of Business Development and Indigenous Community Engagement

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Indigenous Pathways supports Indigenous businesses and interns. Eligible partners contribute only 25% of the cost of projects.

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Partnerships

Mitacs is committed to supporting Indigenous communities and improving access to our programs. The road to healing and reconciliation is long, but we are dedicated to strengthening our relationship with outstanding Indigenous innovators across Canada.

Mitacs is delighted to partner with Denendeh Development Corporation (DDC), a not-for-profit corporation that fosters employment growth and career development in Dene Communities in the Northwest Territories (NWT). The DDC-Mitacs initiative will increase access to academic and industrial opportunities for northern residents, while ensuring their traditional values, lifestyle and culture are appropriately reflected in research guidelines and policies.

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We are also a Seed Sponsor for the Pow Wow Pitch, North America’s premier pitch competition for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs. Founded by local Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg entrepreneur Sunshine Tenasco, the Pow Wow Pitch provides free resources, live training, and mentorship opportunities through the Indigenous Startup Program.

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Get in touch with David

David Plamondon is a proud member of Treaty 8 Alberta who now lives in Amiskwaciwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton). David has spent over ten years working in recruitment and education with a focus on supporting Indigenous Peoples and communities throughout Alberta. David took that passion and applied it towards his own entrepreneurial ventures that allowed him to take a more grassroots approach in bettering the lives of Indigenous Peoples in his home territory and beyond. David uses his passion to support Indigenous Peoples as a Business Development Director, advancing the Indigenous Pathway program throughout the Prairie provinces.

David Plamondon

Business Development Director

“To improve the economic conditions of our communities, we will require an educated and skilled workforce.” 

- Darrell Beaulieu 

Chief Executive Officer, Denendeh Group of Companies 

Upcoming events

Mitacs is launching a webinar series to celebrate the work of Indigenous innovators and researchers from the first Indigenous Pathways Research and Innovation call. From January to June 2022, the series will highlight Indigenous research practices and opportunities emerging from the Pathways program – through topics determined by Indigenous communities.

Join us on January 27, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET for our first webinar exploring the Sanyakola Language Revitalization project. The project shares a model for the reclamation of endangered Indigenous languages using immersive technologies. Register now to participate in Celebrating Indigenous Research: Sanyakola Language Revitalization Project.

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