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Indigenous Innovation – Spacing Toronto

by ahnationtalk on June 20, 201954 Views

I am one of an estimated 70,000 Indigenous people living in Toronto. And while there is a variety of social services spaces like the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, and a handful of businesses sprinkled throughout the city, like restaurants Tea N Bannock in Gerrard India Bazaar, and Pow Wow Café in Kensington Market, there is no defined space for Indigenous people. While people from the Greek diaspora can find the dishes their yiayia used to make and support business owners who’ve immigrated from their home country, that kinship doesn’t exist for the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.

But Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is looking to change that, with a business incubator and accelerator — The Indigenous Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) — that aims to spark an eventual Indigenous business and cultural district — the first of its kind in Canada.

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