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‘Community asset map’ to show locations of Island’s Indigenous businesses

By November 7, 2023No Comments

Jeff Bell, Times Colonist

“For the Indigenous Prosperity Centre, kelp isn’t just slimy stuff found on ocean beaches.

It’s a raw material that can be used for everything from vegan jelly to bricks that are stronger and lighter than concrete and even medical products.

“A lot of the things that you can do with hemp can also be done with kelp,” says executive director Christina Clarke.

The centre is using a $15,000 grant from the Victoria Foundation’s Spark Funds program to work with the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Economics Cluster to plot out all the Indigenous businesses on the south Island in a “community asset map” — including those with a focus on kelp, Clarke said.”

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