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Youth, Artists Celebrating Canadian Innovation Week #CIW24

This year, May 13-17, 2024 is Canadian Innovation Week! It's one of our favourite weeks of the year, and we're proud to be taking part.

This year, May 13-17, 2024 is Canadian Innovation Week! It’s one of our favourite weeks of the year, and we’re proud to be taking part.

In the heart of communities, innovators are sparking change, leaving a significant impact on their local landscapes. Beginning May 13, organizations are invited to share their inspiring stories, amplifying the transformative power of local innovation. For today’s Canadian Innovation Week #CIW24 spotlight, we wanted to share some of the news about the Niriqatiginnga Youth Arts and Media Team and how they’re innovating with “local spark.”

Canada Invests in Indigenous Intellectual Property Protection

This spring, with support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and its Indigenous Intellectual Property Protection Program, the Niriqatiginnga Youth, Arts and Media Team will be learning about IP and Indigenous Cultural Expressions (ICEs). The new project was announced during the first week of May by The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. As a Manitoba-based program, building from the ground up with support from business, academia and government, Niriqatiginnga is excited to be integrating digital literacy into much of its capacity building this year.

Activities on this new project are focusing on educating and raising awareness about Intellectual Property (IP) and Indigenous Cultural Expressions among artists, youth, and Elders involved in community-based participatory arts entrepreneurship programming. By providing a platform for artists to access southern pricing and maintain control over their creative works, the “marketplace” aims to foster economic opportunities while safeguarding Indigenous Cultural Expressions.

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@1860 Winnipeg Arts

@1860 Winnipeg Arts is a small, community-driven arts entrepreneurship and cultural entrepreneurship program in Winnipeg, Manitoba.