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About the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

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The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative was launched in April 2019 to seek innovative housing ideas that have potential to make a difference in rural, urban or remote Indigenous communities. Selected First Nation, Inuit and Métis innovators will receive funding and support for the development, and if approved, the implementation of their projects.

The Initiative supports innovative housing ideas that fall under one of six focus areas:

  • Traditional First Nation, Inuit or Métis Nation building styles and techniques
  • Using the home for empowerment, capacity building and support for local businesses
  • Support for vulnerable populations
  • Culturally-inspired urban spaces for First Nation, Inuit and Métis Nation people
  • Safety, security, and accessibility
  • Energy independence and efficiency

An Indigenous Steering Committee leads the Initiative with support from Indigenous Service Canada’s Innovation and Infrastructure team and the Privy Council Office’s Impact Innovation Unit.

The call for applications closed August, 2019; 342 applications were received. Of these, the Steering Committee selected 24 Innovators to be part of the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative Accelerator Phase.

Through the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative, we hope to:

  • Deliver social and economic benefits for Indigenous communities
  • Take a collaborative approach by establishing new partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and organizations, including private and not-for-profit sectors
  • Implement various sizes and types of projects in a range of communities—large and small, on and off reserve, remote and urban—across the country
  • Share lessons learned from implemented projects

Read more about the initiative on the Impact Canada website: https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/indigenous-homes

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