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A group shot of the Foxwise team.

Since 2000, FoxWise Technologies Inc has been providing IT solutions to Kanata North and beyond. 

The Indigenous-owned business established itself to provide IT services to the federal government alongside First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. 

Founder Sam Damm said FoxWise prides itself on working in meaningful ways with companies and clients while holding First Nations values and concepts at its core. 

“We respect the unique cultures and histories of Indigenous communities and employ Indigenous approaches in all our work.  FoxWise actively seeks to recruit, train and hire an Indigenous workforce,” said Damm. ‘FoxWise Technology Inc. is dedicated to furthering Indigenous prosperity by providing industry leading Information Technology (IT) solutions and services to Indigenous organizations, all levels of government and corporations through Indigenous procurement programs.”

FoxWise founder Sam Damm.

How is the technology used? 

FoxWise Technologies offers comprehensive IT solutions that address the multifaceted needs of modern businesses, government and community. Its services span across hardware, software, and security solutions, ensuring that our clients have robust, reliable, and secure IT infrastructures.

Damm chose Kanata North for FoxWise’s headquarters due to its thriving ecosystem of innovative tech companies that provided unparalleled access to cutting-edge technologies, top-tier talent, and numerous collaborative opportunities. 

“Being in Kanata North allows us to foster close relationships with key partners, such as Compugen Inc., with whom we work closely in Ottawa,” he said. “This partnership enhances our ability to deliver comprehensive IT solutions and support to our clients, leveraging the strengths and expertise of both teams.”

Giving back 

FoxWise is committed to empowering Indigenous communities through various initiatives, most notably through the FoxWise FIT Community Service Program. It was designed to address and bridge the technological gaps within Indigenous communities. 

“We begin by assessing current IT and communications systems, then propose and implement upgrades to meet industry standards,” explained Damm. “A key component of this program is hiring and training local community members as IT support staff, fostering self-reliance and sustainable growth within these communities.”

Beyond technological support, FoxWise has played a crucial role in supporting the development of social procurement. Damm is a founding member of The Public Sector Aboriginal Business Association (PSABA), and advocates for progressive policies like Set-Asides and procurement modernization. 

In 2017, Damm’s strategic vision resonated in the House of Commons, addressing the Procurement Strategy for Indigenous Business, Set-Asides, and the evolution of procurement practices.

FoxWise is dedicated to fostering talent and creating pathways for the next generation. Damn is actively engaged with youth, providing mentorship, workshops, and internships that cultivate interest and skills essential for success in the digital age.

“We have a strong track record of directly contributing to workforce development by recruiting, hiring, and training over 50 Indigenous staff members,” said Damm. “This initiative not only empowers individuals with valuable employment but also enriches our community, creating a more resilient and inclusive technology sector.”

Indigenous History Month 

June is Indigenous History Month, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It first began in 2009 and this year had four themes for each week: Environment, traditional knowledge and territory; Children and youth; Languages, cultures and arts; and Women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ people.

“Indigenous History Month holds immense personal importance for me,” stated Damm. “It’s a time dedicated to healing, connecting, and learning. It provides an opportunity to engage deeply with Indigenous perspectives, through our literature, music, and stories. It’s a chance to ask questions, to listen, and to move forward together with love, happiness, and success.”

By Charlie Senack, Ottawa Business Journal.

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