Innovation & Partnerships
A Plains Cree word meaning ‘a lodge supporting those who dream’, Pawâcikêwikamik is dedicated to empowering grassroots Indigenous entrepreneurship and innovation in Saskatchewan.
During the spring of 2021, the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) received funding from Sustainable Development and Technology Canada (SDTC), for the creation of the very first Indigenous Innovation Accelerator of its kind in Saskatchewan.
Indigenous peoples have always embodied innovation and tradition. In today’s rapidly growing economy, a new generation of Indigenous changemakers continue to look for ways to combine traditional knowledge with new ideas to forge a new path for their peoples and communities, as they contribute to the innovation landscape in Canada.
With a focus on supporting, educating, and mentoring Indigenous peoples, Pawâcikêwikamik provides access to cutting-edge technologies, training, and mentorship to support the creation of successful start-ups, in a space that emphasizes culture, language, kinship, and connection.
Through a variety of initiatives – including a state-of-the-art MakerLodge space, an Indigenous Innovator-in-Residence program, access to non-repayable microgrants for Indigenous entrepreneurs, as well as a variety of community and youth-focused initiatives including the L3Harris Dreamers and Doers Innovation Camps and the Mobile MakerLodge, Pawâcikêwikamik offers a space for people to create and to try new things.
“Partnership is at the heart of what SIIT does. With the generous support from so many public and private sector, and government partners, SIIT is able to continue building capacity and empowering Indigenous peoples as they contribute to the economic growth of their communities and share their gifts and teachings with the world.”
– Riel Bellegarde – President & CEO, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
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