As we gather here to discuss the future of Indigenous relations in Canada, it's important to acknowledge and understand the past. The initial relationship between Indigenous peoples and Europeans in Canada was one of collaboration, mutual benefit, and mutual success. The Indigenous people have been here for thousands of years and are rooted in the land both culturally and spiritually. They have always had a deep understanding and connection to the land, and have been stewards of natural resources for millennia.
The arrival of Europeans brought new technologies, resources, and trade opportunities. Indigenous peoples and Europeans formed alliances, traded goods, exchanged knowledge, and formed friendships. The fur trade, for example, was a mutually beneficial relationship that lasted for centuries. However, over the past 200 years, the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the government and businesses of Canada has become increasingly discouraging, marked by exploitation, displacement, and a loss of culture and rights.
Despite this difficult history, it is important to remember that the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Europeans in Canada did not always have to be this way. It is our hope that through "Project 2222," we can begin to imagine and create a new future for this relationship. One that is based on mutual understanding, respect, and success for all.
During this event, we will challenge attendees to think about what the next 200 years of Indigenous relations between business and government could look like and work together to create solutions that would improve relations and quality of life for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, building a more inclusive and equitable economy and country.
In this interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to think beyond the present and into the future, as we challenge ourselves to imagine the next 200 years of Indigenous relations between business and government. Through group discussions and brainstorming exercises, attendees will work together to create solutions that improve relations and quality of life for all of Canada, building an inclusive economy and country that benefits all Canadians.
This event will be led by a facilitator who will guide attendees through a series of thought-provoking questions and exercises, designed to spark creativity and innovation. Attendees will be divided into groups, each with a specific focus, such as economic development, education, healthcare, and environmental sustainability. We now have an opportunity to build on the positive aspects of the past and to create a new path forward, one that is based on mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation. “Project 2222” is an opportunity for all of us to be part of this important conversation and lay the foundations for our next 200 years of development.