Infrastructure Canada has announced a $50 million prize for Smart Cities Initiatives that will improve the liveability of cities. The City of Toronto is preparing to participate in the Federal Smart Cities Challenge and has put an open call out for ideas for their submission.  With one of the largest and fastest growing Indigenous populations in Canada, the opportunity exists in Toronto to dramatically shift the urban conversation as it relates to reconciliation, entrepreneurship and social inclusion.

A Smart Cities Challenge public consultation on innovation and the Indigenous District is taking place on Thursday, January 25th from 2-4pm at MaRS at 101 College Street, CR3. 

A 16,000 square feet Indigenous business incubator in the Downtown East is currently being developed. This extraordinary initiative will be the catalyst for a future Indigenous District, soon to be an international visitor destination anchored with Indigenous cultural and entrepreneurial ingenuity both traditional and contemporary in its pursuits.

The district will leverage and utilize data, technology and community strengths to uplift and bring Toronto another step closer to being a truly inclusive Smart City.

This event is supported by The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Indigenous Placemaking Council, and the Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Council.

More information can be found on the Facebook event page as well as Ward27News.ca. RSVP here: http://www.ward27news.ca/smartcityTO