Bridging the Gap

“Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular, Indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining health, housing and other economic and social programmes affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer such programmes through their own institutions.”

Recommendation from Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report 2015

About Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is a National Conversation designed to explore the role that personal development programming could play in helping to close the socio-economic gap that currently exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

With the potential for great prosperity on the horizon, it is more critical than ever to build the personal and interpersonal leadership skills of Indigenous communities, organizations and individuals. What skills do people need to improve their socio-economic status? What personal development programs exist now and what additional resources are needed? These are some of the questions Urban Matters CCC is exploring through Bridging the Gap.

We are currently in the process of meeting with Indigenous peoples and other stakeholders across Canada to explore personal development as one of the pathways toward socio-economic equality. A position paper will be prepared highlighting what we heard, including needs and recommendations.

Join our Learning Journey

Take Our Survey

What will it take to Bridge the Gap? Tell us what you think by completing our short survey.

Participate in a Facilitated Conversation

Join us for a conversation at one of these upcoming events:

  • September 14, 2017 at EconoUs – Calgary, Alberta
  • October 5, 2017 at Aboriginal Finance Officer’s Association International Conference – Vancouver, BC
  • Stay tuned for future workshop dates

**if you would like to add us to your event agenda or host a conversation please email

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