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    • Opening statement: Standing Committee on the Status of Women

      Sara Wolfe, Director, Indigenous Innovation Initiative Grand Challenges Canada July 7, 2020   Introduction Ahnii. Bonjour. Good afternoon, Madam Chair and committee members. My name is Sara Wolfe and I am the Director of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative at Grand Challenges Canada. Thank you for inviting us to speak today on the gendered impacts of […]


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    • OPTions Hackathon: Inspiring new safe abortion methods

      Access to safe abortion is fundamental to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. More than 25 million unsafe abortions occur annually, 97 percent of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. The right to choose when, and if, to have a child affects women’s and girls’ ability to pursue education, build […]


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    • Am I Indigenous?

      Sara Wolfe        Jeff Cyr Am I Indigenous? This seemingly straightforward three-word question is, in truth, highly complex and fraught with history, often a traumatic history that was written by non-Indigenous people.  Canada’s legacy of colonization has made it even more complex—who, how and where we as Indigenous people are identified shifts and […]


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    • The Indigenous Innovation Initiative Launches Inaugural Program

      TORONTO, May 11, 2020 – The Indigenous Innovation Initiative, hosted at Grand Challenges Canada is excited to announce the launch of its inaugural program, Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, on May 11, 2020. The program will provide much-needed seed funding to innovative projects that will promote gender equality in Indigenous communities […]


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