On February 20-21, 2024, Urban Indigenous Social Economy Forum aims to amplify the voices of community-driven urban Indigenous social economy initiatives, to educate the social innovation/social finance (SI/SF) sector on the unique needs of urban Indigenous social purpose organizations, and to share creative and novel insights to advance the work of the social economy ecosystem.
With this Forum, the National Association of Friendship Centers seeks to unite changemakers and visionaries from across industries and sectors to reimagine inclusive, sustainable, and equitable futures informed by urban Indigenous perspectives.
The Forum will highlight the diverse and invaluable work of Friendship Centres (FCs) and urban Indigenous social purpose organizations who are working to foster economic and social prosperity for and by Indigenous Peoples in urban communities. By doing so, the Forum aims to amplify the unique insights, experiences, and ideas that will strengthen collective impact to reimagine the future of the social economy.
The agenda will provide opportunities for attendees to explore and learn from urban Indigenous social purpose organizations nationwide through workshops, storytelling, knowledge sharing, and networking. By gathering a diverse range of actors, the Forum aims to promote the unique and diverse needs of urban Indigenous social purpose organizations.
To increase action and impact at all levels, the agenda will explore the following themes:
- Nourishing food-secure communities
- Decent work and community-led economic growth
- Health and wellness
- Training and capacity building
- Sustainable and inclusive infrastructure
- Arts and Cultural Revitalization
- Indigenous Tourism and Hospitality
- Enhancing urban Indigenous community services
First Nations, Inuit & Métis, Social Economy, Urban CED