Indigenous-owned and operated businesses are increasingly recognized as fundamental to improving the well-being of Indigenous peoples and their communities.
Creating a home for these businesses to flourish in Toronto could have a significant impact on our city as well as the entrepreneurs behind the ventures.
The Indigenous Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ICIE) will provide a supportive space for First Nations, Métis and Inuit entrepreneurs looking to create or grow their businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits, collectives or cooperatives. With its space (currently under construction) at 200 Dundas Street East, the ICIE will provide holistic support for Indigenous ventures from across Canada that align with Indigenous values and culture.
Selina Young will discuss the effects of creating economic opportunities for Indigenous people at the ICIE and how it fits into the City's ongoing efforts to form enduring relationships with Indigenous communities.
Selina is Métis from north western Saskatchewan and grew up in Caledonia, Ontario along the shores of the Grand River. Selina has over 20 years of experience in the public service, having worked for the federal government, the Scottish government and with the Ontario Public Service. Selina's deep commitment to implementing reconciliation brought her to the City of Toronto in 2018 to lead the City's first Indigenous Affairs Office.