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Investment Readiness Program

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is one of five National Indigenous Organizations recognized by the Government of Canada. Founded in 1971 as the Native Council of Canada, the organization was originally established to represent the interests of Métis and non-status Indians. Reorganized and renamed in 1993, CAP has extended its constituency to include all off-reserve status and non-status Indians, Métis and Southern Inuit Aboriginal Peoples, and serves as the national voice for its provincial and territorial affiliate organizations. CAP also holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which facilitates its participation on international issues of importance to Indigenous Peoples.

CAP is an ecosystem mobilizer working on a project called Wìdjìwàgan – Sharing Our Stories: A Traditional and Modern Knowledge Exchange. CAP will address gaps in social innovation knowledge for both the SI community and the Indigenous community. CAP will develop a traditional and modern knowledge exchange program that would provide indigenous communities the opportunity to inform modern SI/SF practice through traditional and current Indigenous knowledge and to allow the social innovation community to provide Indigenous communities with a clearer and greater understanding of modern SI concepts.