Below are the project details for the Round 1 recipients of the Investment Readiness Program:
- Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS)
- Centre d’amitié autochtone de Val d’or
- Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Inc.
- People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre
- Red Deer Native Friendship Society
- The Pas Friendship Centre Inc.
- Under One Sky - Monoqonuwicik-Neoteetjg Mosigisg Inc.
- Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society
Project name: Honouring Her Spark
Category: Large Scale
Details: The Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) has developed an Indigenous Women’s Economic Framework, which outlines that Indigenous women in Saskatchewan communities are ready to take the next step in their journeys to becoming successful and leading “good lives”. As shared in the framework, they are aware that addressing economic security and prosperity needs to be done in a culturally relevant and holistic manner. The AFCS will assist FCs in formalizing advocacy and support circles already established in many Saskatchewan Friendship Centres (FCs) as well as further developing Indigenous Women’s Coalitions.
Project name: A building site towards economic and social prosperity
Category: Large Scale
Details: Since 1974, the Centre d’amitié autochtone de Val D’Or (CAAVD) has been providing accommodation and food services to Cree patients staying in Val-d'Or for medical appointments. Accommodations have been coordinated by the Cree Patient Services Department of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CCSSSBJ). These patients occupy 90% of the CAAVD's hotel service. The revenues generated by this economic activity are reinvested into community and front-line services, contributing to the strengthening of the capacity to carry out the mission.
The CAAVD plans to increase its hotel services by building an annex to the existing building and by renovating the building, occupied since 1995. The cost of this work is estimated at $15M. Professionals, architects, engineers and real estate development consultants are accompanying the CAAVD in this project. IRP funding will allow the professionals to produce a functional and technical plan, a compendium of the functional and technical requirements to be integrated into the construction project and to establish the costs.
Project name: Social Enterprise Development and Assessment
Details: With the IRP funding, the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Inc. will assess the possible avenues for growth and the impact of its existing social enterprises. The Friendship Centre currently owns and operates three enterprises–The Wihkipow Restaurant, Kokoms Corner Gift Shop and Granny's Place (an overnight stay enterprise).
Project name: Transformative Design Project
Details: The People of the Dawn Indigenous Friendship Centre (PDIFC) have taken on the role of property manager for an existing commercial complex, which includes rented office space for government, non-profit organizations and community entities. In order to maintain the existing tenants and remain competitive in the commercial market, there are many renovations that require immediate attention. The PDIFC will use IRP funding to make the complex more accessible, functional and modern. This stable source of income will grant the PDIFC long-term sustainability.
Project name: Ghost Tours Social Enterprise Development
Details: The Red Deer Native Friendship Society would like to develop a ghost tour tourism attraction for Red Deer. Ghost tours are organized events encouraging participants to learn more about the haunted history of a particular location. During this particular ghost tour, the Red Deer Native Friendship Society hope to share Indigenous cultural experiences and local Indigenous history through the art of storytelling. Through researching local haunted locations in Red Deer, they hope to connect and build relationships with community members who hold historical knowledge. They also hope to build partnerships with businesses and organizations in our community to tell their haunted history.
Project name: Indigenous Artist Emporium
Details: The Pas Friendship Centre (TPFC) serves the town of The Pas and several surrounding Métis and First Nation communities. The TPFC will use IRP funding to produce a feasibility study and a business plan to research the viability of setting up an Indigenous art gallery and studio. During the summer months, the community welcomes several thousand tourists, and we would like to draw their attention to the many Indigenous artists in the area. Currently, our community does not have a dedicated space for Indigenous artists. As a result, they are using local malls, free outdoor locations, etc. and are selling their art at a fraction of what it is worth.
Project name: Under One Sky Indigenous Cultural Diversity Training Expansion
Details: The Indigenous Cultural Diversity Training program (ICDT) was developed by Under One Sky Friendship Centre (UOS) as a response to repeated requests for cultural competency training from healthcare providers, educational institutes, local businesses, and municipal agencies. The program was developed with the support and guidance of The First Light Friendship Centre who have successfully achieved investment readiness through their own ICDT program. Under One Sky has prioritized the ICDT enterprise as a key financial lever which can generate sufficient revenue and profits that can be returned to the organization, and in turn capitalize the service delivery capacity of UOS, as well as its greater mission. The IRP funding will allow UOS to: train additional ICDT program instructors; retain expertise to evaluate the program, its impacts, and the social return on investment; and hire a business development consultant to identify and attract new clients, generate recurring revenue and find cost efficiencies in program delivery.
Project name: Klatawa Bike Shop
Details: The Klatawa Bike Shop has become a popular destination for cyclists. In fact, in the first three months, the bicycle shop had over 500 visitors who were either purchasing a bike or repairing their own bicycle. It is apparent that the bike shop has ample opportunity for growth including providing mobile repairs, pop-up tune-up stations, specialized manufacturer repairs and providing education programs to at-risk or marginalized individuals. With the IRP funding, our plans for growth include:
- The hiring of a senior bike mechanic
- Creating a mobile bike clinic – hiring up to four experienced bicycle mechanics who will be responsible for providing high-quality tune-ups and bicycle repairs in any Vancouver neighbourhood. The mobile service will operate Monday to Sundays with scheduled shifts that will accommodate day and evening services. The mobile team will offer a range of services including tire patches, bicycle tuning, complete overhaul of all bearings, chain replacements and other mechanical needs as required for mountain or road bicycles.
- Pop-up tune-up stations – We will set up special tune-up stations near bicycle routes within the City of Vancouver to ensure that cyclists who are passing by have the opportunity to have their bicycle repaired along their commute.