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New Sask. partnership targets increased Indigenous participation in tech sector

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A partnership between three organizations in Saskatchewan aims to increase involvement and opportunities in the technology sector for First Nations.

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Birch Narrows Dene Development Inc., MMLK Group Inc. and Superior Strategies on Monday announced the launch of All3Innovation LP, a new majority Indigenous-owned technology business.

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The groups collectively specialize in technology products that contribute to efficiencies in the mining, industrial and commercial sectors, using robotics instead of humans in environments that are unsafe, as well as helping clients with environmental, social and governance performance.

“We’re focused on developing meaningful, long-term relationships with customers and Indigenous communities throughout Canada,” said Mark Hinz, CEO of MMKL Group.

Jason Thompson, owner of Superior Strategies, said as an Indigenous person and business owner, he’s proud “to create opportunities for Indigenous participation in the technology sector and to be building a company with partners whose philosophy and values align with those of Indigenous peoples — and by that I mean our collective focus on relationship building, protecting Mother Earth and improving the socio-economic health of our communities.”

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Jason Thompson, owner of Superior Strategies, speaks during the unveiling of All3Innovation LP — a new majority Indigenous-owned technology business, in Saskatoon on Dec. 12, 2022.
Jason Thompson, owner of Superior Strategies, speaks during the unveiling of All3Innovation LP — a new majority Indigenous-owned technology business, in Saskatoon on Dec. 12, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Birch Narrows Dene Development CEO Anthony Clark said the partnership allows Birch Narrows’ community members to participate in the technology sector while engaging clients in a meaningful way.

Birch Narrows Dene Nation is located in the boreal forest region in northern Saskatchewan, approximately 575 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

“Birch Narrows as a community has a strong and vibrant young demographic that will be able to enjoy the benefits of being involved in this sector of the market,” Clark added.

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