You may recall that last year around this time The Winnipeg Boldness Project participated in the first annual Indigenous Innovation Summit held right here in Winnipeg, and hosted by the National Association of Friendship Centres with support from The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. We were able to facilitate a social lab process and had the opportunity to hear about other projects like ours that are working towards systems change.
This year we joined many others from around the country for the second Indigenous Innovation Summit hosted in Edmonton, Alberta. As we were not hosting a lab this time around, we were very excited to attend all the sessions instead, including a panel hosted by Winnipeg Boldness project director Diane Roussin on the topic of innovation around children.
Events such as this provide a time for us to not only build our knowledge and capacity as staff, but also to meet others doing similar work and facing similar challenges. This helps to encourage the work that we do, as it creates a network of support and allows us to see others succeeding at strengthening their communities and building new solutions for change.
Here are a few pictures from the summit: