Inaugural Indigenous Prosperity Gathering

November 12 & 13, 2019

Songhees Wellness Centre

Featuring keynote speaker Carol Anne Hilton, MBA – Founder & CEO of the Indigenomics Institute

The inaugural South Island Indigenous Prosperity Gathering 2019 brought together Indigenous leadership to explore economic development priorities of the 10 First Nations on the South Island. The event was aimed at identifying opportunities for collaboration and decision making on key actions to move forward. The event was invitation only.

In this inaugural gathering, First Nations representatives joined together in dialogue around what’s working, what needs to be done, and how to explore collaborative projects that might benefit multiple nations through equity, revenue-sharing and jobs.

SIPP invited Indigenous leadership representing the South Island First Nations to participate in the dialogue. In addition to senior leadership, Elders, youth, and key staff were encouraged to participate. Non-Indigenous partners were invited to join certain elements of the agenda, and allies and advisers from the South Island’s leading financial institutions were on-site to offer expertise and to help find clarity within the financial sphere.

There is glaring economic disparity between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community in the region. SIPP and its partners believe that equality can only be achieved through collaboration. For this to be successful, direction from the region’s Indigenous leadership is essential. As a regional convener of likeminded partners, SIPP is working alongside the Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ Nations, and Pacheedaht Nation, to learn from their wisdom, goals, and aspirations, directly related to their economic development initiatives.

The South Island Indigenous Prosperity Gathering 2019 was deemed a success and SIPP is currently in the process of developing a quarterly set of Prosperity Gatherings as a part of our 2020 year.

For more information on this or future Prosperity Gatherings, please contact tmalcolm@southislandprosperity.ca

These are the preliminary questions that will be explored among the participants. Participants are encouraged to expand on these questions addressed to Indigenous leadership.

What are your immediate priorities?

We recognize that your priorities may not be directly related to economic development, but we need the full picture in order to make a support plan that has a chance of being effective.

What hinders or supports your progress?

Let us know what is working for you, what deters you, and what moves you forward.

What do you need from the non-Indigenous community?

Is it reconciliation? If so, what does that mean?

Is there value in increased collaboration among the South Island First Nations?

If so, what concrete opportunities exist and who should coordinate?

What do you need from SIPP, municipal governments and other collaborators?

SIPP is a formidable partner in coordinating efforts and finding solutions once consensus on action is reached.