What you know as social innovation might actually be Indigenous innovation.
“‘Social innovation’ is a Western term for how Indigenous people have always built business,” reads the homepage of a Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) project called Wìdjìwàgan.
Molly Damiani, CAP’s manager of social innovation explains: “So much of social innovation is inherent in many Indigenous nations in Canada and around the world. “There are so many characteristics that align with traditional ways of knowing and being and doing…It’s upsetting to see it being misappropriated as a non-Indigenous activity.”
Funded as a partner of the federal government’s Investment Readiness Program, Wìdjìwàgan runs three online courses aimed at clearing up any misconceptions or gaps in knowledge about Indigenous innovation.