Indigenous Pathways

Nothing about us without us

Driving Indigenous innovation through partnerships

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Business and Non-profit

Solve R&D challenges with Canada’s top talent, leverage your funding, and gain one-to-one support from Mitacs.

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Build new research partnerships, collaborate with top-ranked students, and apply any time for funding support.

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Discover job opportunities in your field, grow your professional network, receive training and funding.

Discover Indigenous Pathways with Mitacs

Like companies everywhere, Indigenous-owned businesses and organizations need to innovate in order to grow and achieve their strategic goals. But the tools you need to do that require talent, time, and budget.

Through our Indigenous Pathways initiative, we help you find top talent and co-invest in collaborative R&D projects.

Projects are a minimum of four months in duration – they can be longer – and now your contribution is only 25% of the cost of projects that have an Indigenous partner organization and/or an intern who is Indigenous.


Indigenous Pathways with Mitacs
Your key benefits

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Your project is co-funded; we fund up to 75% of the cost

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Your R&D project can be scalable and multidisciplinary

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You are matched with the right talent and expertise

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You gain access to our extensive global networks

  • We fund up to 75% of your project — a minimum of four months in duration.

  • If your project is bigger and requires more than four months, your investment remains at 25% of the cost.


In order to participate, one of the following requirements must be met:

  • The partner organization must be a for-profit organization with self-identifying Indigenous persons (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) who hold 50% or greater ownership shares
  • The partner organization must be a not-for-profit organization with board membership consisting of 50% or greater self-identifying Indigenous Persons (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)
  • The student assigned to the project must be a self-identifying Indigenous person (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)

Read our Indigenous Research Policy

Mitacs is committed to supporting research projects that have the potential to respond directly to the needs and priorities of Indigenous communities by making meaningful contributions in several key areas (e.g. reconciliation, public health, environmental sustainability, etc.).

Indigenous Peoples are colleagues and rights holders in such projects, and Mitacs encourages both Indigenous-led research and Indigenous and non-Indigenous collaboration on innovative proposals concerning these subjects.

What does Indigenous innovation look like?

Meet your advisor

David Plamondon

Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations & Initiatives in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion 

David Plamondon is a proud First Nations member of Treaty 8 living in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) in Treaty 6 territory. Prior to joining Mitacs, David worked for over ten years in Indigenous community engagement and support, with a focus on Education and employment. He has a diploma in Business Management from Grant MacEwan University and is a successful entrepreneur in his own right.

In 2019, David founded Pe Metawe Consulting a community-focused Indigenous business that supports Indigenous capacity building and community engagement. His lived experience as a Cree person provides him with a unique perspective on the challenges and barriers Indigenous Peoples face in accessing education and training. David brings a proven history of promoting and supporting Indigenous entrepreneurship to his role as Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations & Initiatives in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Mitacs


Mitacs is committed to supporting Indigenous communities and improving access to our programs.

We are 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.

Check out episode 2 of The Edge where we explore female entrepreneurship in Canada with Sunshine Tenasco.

Our Projects

Mitacs has fostered thousands of successful collaborations between organizations and researchers.

Nothing about us, without us: Indigenous data sovereignty

Dr. Moneca Sinclaire, member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation and researcher from the University of Manitoba is part of the inspiring team behind Our Data Indigenous, a novel survey tool that allows communities to retain ownership of the data they collect.

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Discover our Inclusive Innovation Action Plan

Our Inclusive Innovation Action Plan (IIAP) aims to address innovation gaps faced by all equity-deserving communities including Indigenous Peoples, Women and gender diverse individual, Racialized groups; Persons living with disabilities, and LGBTQ2+ communities.

This comprehensive Action Plan is available for download in PDF format. File size (5.5 MB).



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