Saskatchewan CED News: November 2013

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November 2013 Newsletter
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New Research: Mobilizing Community Capital for Co-op Development

The lack of accessible financial tools are one of the largest barriers to co-op development and expansion in Manitoba. Fortunately, there are solutions. New CCEDNet research explores the potential to create a province-wide community development investment fund, expanding on the Province's existing CED Tax Credit, that could raise equity capital for new and existing Manitoba co-ops. The research also makes recommendations for enhancing the existing CED Tax Credit model. Read the full report by clicking the link below.

Youth Employment in the Social Economy
In this age of growing concern for social and environmental conditions, youth are increasingly looking for purpose driven employment opportunities in the hopes of developing mission-related careers. Last week, CCEDNet hosted a webinar titled, Youth Employment in the Social Economy: How a New Generation Can Generate New Opportunities in CED. A recording of the webinar is now available. The session introduces  examples of how youth can take charge of their own careers within the Social Economy, both by creating their own initiatives and by finding ways to integrate themselves into existing programs and projects.

CED Wire Updates
  1. A Visit from Japan's Seikatsu Club to Québec: Yvon Poirer offers highlights from this international collaboration among cooperators | Read more
  2. The Final Reflection of my CreateAction Internship: Chris Thomas shares his experience and learnings as CCEDNet's communications intern | Read more
  3. Meet Charlene Lafreniere: CCEDNet interviews Charlene, a Thompson city councilor, community leader, and 2013 Gathering keynote speaker | Read more

Saskatchewan CED News 

Credit Union Supports Employment Centre

The Regina-based Conexus Credit Union has invested $10,000 into refurbishing a training room at the Regina Work Preparation Centre for job-seekers trying to enter the workforce. The Centre supports many job-seekers from communities typically under-represented in the workforce. Conexus regional vice-president Scott McMann remarked that the investment is intended to empower individuals and support community development.

Co-op Week in Saskatchewan

Co-op Week was an exciting seven days of co-operation and celebration in Saskatchewan. Among the many events were the Co-op Merit Awards, which honour individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to co-operatives and credit unions in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Co-op Association also sponsored a newspaper insert that was published during Co-op Week. The insert includes several articles that highlight how local co-ops are helping to build a better world and stronger communities.

First Nations Communities Create Blueprints for Economic Growth

An innovative pilot project is helping First Nations communities across Saskatchewan to support them in developing economic action plans. An initiative of the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, this project has helped four communities identify economic development opportunities best suited to unique circumstances. Working with Urban Systems, each community is guided through a step-by-step process - from asset mapping to action planning - that eventually becomes their blueprint for future economic growth.

[Source: Axiom News]

New Co-op Webinar Series: Empower, Educate & Co-operate FASTER

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) recently announced a new online learning opportunity for emerging and existing co-operative businesses. The Principle 4-5-6 Webinar series is founded on three of the seven co-operative principles - #4: Autonomy; #5: Co-op Education; and #6: Co-operation. This series will focus on providing business development information, tools and methods that will empower and educate your co-op's members, board and staff to co-operate faster.

National CED News

A Year to Remember: Relive Canada's IYC 2012

Feeling nostalgic for last year's International Year of Co-operatives? Relive the fun and excitement with the Canadian Co-operative Association's Final Report on IYC 2012 in Canada. The report includes photos and stories that evoke the creativity and celebration from coast, to coast, to coast. The report highlights the hundreds of events that reached thousands of people, dozens of new programs aimed at educating members and thousands of co-ops rallying around the IYC theme.

Co-operative Education Opportunities

The Canadian Co-operative Association has compiled a list of Canadian university and colleges that offer post-secondary education opportunities on co-operatives. The list includes programs from coast to coast that cater to both students and co-operative professionals already active in the field. This is an ongoing project so if you know of any programs that should be added to the list, contact Erin Hancock.

Poverty in Canada: The Good News & Bad

There is both good and bad news to be found in the Poverty Trends Highlights: Canada 2013 report. Poverty Trends Highlights finds that Canada's poverty rate is at a record low, although that depends which measure is used. Despite this dip, the poverty gap continues to widen, and the rates of poverty are still climbing for lone-parent families. The report, released by Citizens for Public Justice, concludes that we can effectively reduce poverty if governments make it a priority, but the evidence shows further action is needed.

CED Tool: Green Economy at the Community Scale

Green Economy at Community Scale is one of the first research-based explorations of the green economy at the local level. The report is drawn from the authors’ original analysis of the flow of natural and financial assets at the national level. It analyses conceptual foundations, and provides empirical evidence, for more sustainable community-based economic activities. The final section of the report draws together findings and identifies positive steps towards the creation of green local economies.

A Little Bird Told Us: Top Tweets of the Month

Here is a brief sampling of some of our most popular tweets from the past 30 days. Click hereto follow us on Twitter.

Upcoming Events

Social Impact Measurement

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Ethnocultural Co-operatives
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Co-operative Marketing in a Digital Age

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Innovative Approaches to Improve the LES of Canada's Immigrants

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Ethnocultural Co-operatives
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2013 Building Sustainable Communities Conference
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Imagine Canada National Summit: 2 Years Later, Where are we Now?

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Seven Strategies for Sustainable Community Futures

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Public Policy & Its Implications

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Living the New Economy
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Using Community Capitals to Build Assets for Positive Change

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Unlocking Opportunities in the Collaborative Economy

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Leadership in Fair Trade

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