PowHERhouse welcomes Sara Wolfe, Director of Indigenous Innovation Initiative, to Fall FireCircle, November 6, 2020.
PowHERhouse and Indigenous Innovation Initiative ("I3") are joining forces in support of Indigenous Innovators across Canada in a brand-new impact media production campaign. This national collaboration will focus on building an empowering amplification ecosystem of purpose-driven awareness-building, bridging to aligned connections and opportunities, and digital story-telling to proactively shift the narrative to all that is possible with hope, attention, and intention. We are pleased to announce I3's participation in FireCircle 2020.
OCTOBER 28, 2020 | PowHERhouse welcomes Sara Wolfe, Director of Indigenous Innovation Initiative, to the Fall FireCircle on November 6, 2020.
EXPANDING BEYOND BELIEF | A Reunion with Reverence, FireCircle 2020, November 6 - Join us for a morning of deliberate conversation and deep-listening circles Featuring Métis artist of impact, Andrea Menard, Gemini-nominated filmmaker Dianne Whelan, and author, speaker, and philosopher, Charles Eisenstein.
Meet Sara Wolfe, Director of Indigenous Innovation Initiative
Sara is Anishinaabe from Brunswick House First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a Registered Nurse, a Registered Midwife, and holds a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Management. Working more than two decades primarily in sexual and reproductive health, Sara was the founder and managing director of Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and co-led the development and implementation of the Toronto Birth Centre, Canada’s first mainstream healthcare facility to use an Indigenous governance and leadership framework.
Today, she is the Director of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, an innovation platform dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. It is one of the largest impact investors in Canada. Through the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, Sara is supporting innovators and communities to identify and solve their own challenges, drive inclusive growth, and improve peoples’ lives through Indigenous innovation. Their inaugural program is to advance Indigenous gender equality through innovation and social entrepreneurship.
About the Indigenous Innovation Initiative
The Indigenous Innovation Initiative aims to remedy resource gaps and assist in building capacity for Indigenous innovators, launching Indigenous innovations, and transitioning innovations to scale for the benefit of all Canadians.
At the request of Indigenous leaders, the Indigenous Innovation Initiative is hosted at Grand Challenges Canada. Funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, Grand Challenges Canada funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas Grand Challenges Canada supports integrate science and technology, social and business innovation—known as Integrated Innovation®. One of the largest impact-first investors in Canada, Grand Challenges Canada has supported, over 10 years, a pipeline of over 1,300 innovations in 106 countries. Grand Challenges Canada estimates that these innovations have the potential to save up to 1.78 million lives and improve up to 64 million lives by 2030.
To ensure we can meet the needs of Indigenous peoples, our initiative is deeply rooted in Indigenous values and wisdoms and built on a foundation of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. To do this right we draw on the guidance of our Indigenous Innovation Council, made up of remarkable Indigenous leaders, Elders, and knowledge keepers with a strong commitment to community engagement and co-creation.