NEW Ecosystem Drawing


Skookum Lab is led by the Indigenous community in Surrey.
The Social Innovation Ecosystem is an illustration of all Indigenous peoples, groups, and organizations actively engaged in the Lab. The Ecosystem ensures that Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing, and learning is embedded in our work.

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Our Ecosytem:

SUILC - An Indigenous coalition that convened Skookum Lab. SUILC provides overall guidance and accountability.
Land-Based First Nations - Situated on the territories of the Coast Salish First Nations, the lab respects the inherent right to self-governance within their communities.Guide Groups
Guide Groups - Four guide groups (Indigenous elders, youth, caregivers, as well as support workers) create safe spaces for people with lived experiences to share their wisdom and create supportive and resilient relationships grounded in culture and Indigeneity.
Jeska SlaterImplementation Team - The on-the-ground people that run  our engagements, facilitate our meetings, and ensure decisions get implemented using best practices. 
Task Force - The Indigenous Child Poverty Task Force is a forum for systems entrepreneurs to utilize their insights to guide the lab, ensuring that processes are consistent with the lab’s guiding principles.
Social Innovation Mentor - The lab's mentor challenges us to see the systems creating and sustaining Indigenous child and youth poverty and shares with us innovative methods for creating meaningful change.