Indigenous and Northern Centre for Innovation
The goal of this project is to support Indigenous economic development corporations in the establishment of technology-focused companies designed to introduce, test and market new and emerging technologies of potential application for Indigenous communities. At present, northern, remote and Indigenous communities are being left behind in the technological revolution. Companies do not reach out to First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. The” innovation gap” is growing larger. This initiative will connect development corporations with start-up companies, corporations and researchers working on technologies of potential application in these communities. The tech development unit will evaluate and test the suitability of these technologies for northern and remote communities and peoples, examine the market potential locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and market and support selected technologies. The over-riding purpose is to ensure that Indigenous and northern communities gather the benefits from fast-moving technological innovations.