Skookum Lab’s Key Findings
From a comprehensive engagement and research process, the lab found that Indigenous residents feel invisible in Surrey, disconnected from each other, and displaced from their land and culture. These factors profoundly relate to their experience of urban Indigenous poverty; for Indigenous people in Surrey, poverty is about much more than income alone. For more information, see the lab's Community Engagement Findings.
Through our community engagement process, Skookum actors have prioritized 5 Action Areas: Education, Financial Security, Family Connections, Wellness, and Space & Place.
Skookum Lab's Four Cs
Based on our Guide Groups’ wisdom, Skookum Lab developed the "4Cs" as the desired impact areas of our prototypes:
1. Community Belonging
2. Connection to Family
3. Cultural Awareness/ Visibility, and
4. Cash/ Financial Security
As of 2020, the lab is now in the prototyping stage and will test these promising initiatives!
Guide Groups: Indigenized community engagement and culture-based activities with the Surrey-Indigenous population in Surrey
Ambassador Program: A Surrey Indigenous Leadership Program
Indigenous Housing: An Urban Village Co-op
Indigenous Gathering Space: Many Voices, One Home – A SUILC Led Discussion Paper
Understanding to Action: Racism Through a Social Innovation/ Systems Lens
Evaluating Successes to Scale Up: An Indigenous Social Innovation Evaluation Team & Plan developed to monitor and evaluate 5 prototypes