The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the Indigenous economy — its workers, businesses and members — to diversify and increase resilience to take advantage of economic opportunities and better withstand financial shocks. This call to action was initially raised by the Rising Economy Taskforce’s Indigenous Economy Committee and emphasized in Reboot: Greater Victoria’s Economic Recovery Plan, a multi-sector report released by South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) and the Rising Economy Taskforce in November 2020.
To address this need, the Indigenous Economy Committee recommended that an Indigenous owned and directed Indigenous Economic Development Office for South Vancouver Island be incubated and spun-off.
“The pandemic has highlighted the need for the Indigenous economy — its workers, businesses and members — to diversify and increase resilience.” – Indigenous Economy Committee Report, August 2020
Based on this recommendation, South Island Prosperity Partnership is collaborating with South Island First Nations, the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria to establish an Indigenous Prosperity Centre (IPC) for southern Vancouver Island.