The Discovery Foundation’s Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation Resource Hub for UBC Ventures.

Supporting Indigenous partnerships through education and relationship building
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Delivery partner of: Discovery Foundation

The University of British Columbia is pleased to partner with the Discovery Foundation to help strengthen the many ways that UBC founders support Indigenous engagement activities, specifically around how to build sustainable relationships that generate positive impacts for the communities they aspire to serve. The Discovery Foundation has awarded funding that will enable entrepreneurship@UBC to build upon a range of activities focused on nurturing Indigenous partnerships and collaboration areas that are rooted in a deeper understanding Truth & Reconciliation. The core areas of focus for this funding include educational workshops around foundational understanding of Canada’s Indigenous history, relationship building through meaningful engagements, and exposure to new ways of thinking around how we  address the climate emergency and its devastating impact on First Nations communities.

 

There are three integral components of this partnership:
  1. Foundation Understanding of Truth and Reconciliation
  2. Relationship Building with Indigenous Communities
  3. Speaker Series with Indigenous Leaders and Entrepreneurs

 

The three components of this partnership include:

  1. Foundation Understanding of Truth and Reconciliation
    Our program aims to assist ventures in developing a profound understanding of Truth and Reconciliation. We will provide foundation knowledge through a series of educational workshops, enabling entrepreneurs to integrate these principles into their company-building practices. 

 

  1. Relationship Building with Indigenous Communities
    We aim to establish collaborations between UBC scientist-entrepreneurs and First Nation communities to co-identify critical climate issues to address, including sustainable energy, clean water, access to housing and more. By fostering collaboration and understanding, we aim to align the venture community with Indigenous perspectives, promoting sustainable and culturally sensitive practices. 

 

  1. Speaker Series with Indigenous Leaders and Entrepreneurs
    To broaden perspectives and deepend historical knowledge, our speaker series is designed to diversify thinking within the entrepreneurial community, offering insights into historical contexts and future opportunities. By providing a platform for Indigenous voices, the program encourages dialogue, mutual understanding and exploration of collaboration possibilities.

 

About the Discovery Foundation

The goal of the Discovery Foundation initiative is to develop a critical foundational understanding of Truth & Reconciliation across entrepreneurship@UBC for existing members and incoming venture teams. We aim to build relationships with Indigenous communities by developing an engagement framework that seeks to establish collaborations between UBC scientist-entrepreneurs and First Nation communities to co-identify critical climate issues to address. 

 

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Patrick Michell Fireside chate

Advancing Indigenous Partnerships with the Discovery Foundation

On March 22, 2024, the University of British Columbia welcomed the Former Chief of T'eqt''aqtn'mux (Kanaka Bar Band), Patrick Michell to a Fireside Chat with Dr. Shannon Bard, Climate Venture Studio Lead and Entrepreneur in Residence with entrepreneurship@UBC for a fireside chat and innovation showcase titled “The Climate Crisis and Indigenous Resiliency”, presented by the Discovery Foundation.

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