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One House Many Nations: Policy, Practice, & Practicalities

2pm Central Daylight TimeRural Policy Learning Commons

Idle No More's One House Many Nations (OHMN) initiative works to address the dire housing situation on First Nations and other Indigenous communities. This initiative has brought much -needed attention and awareness to the housing crisis and homelessness that affects Canadians and Indigenous peoples, while making a difference by building housing and supports for land defense, including the Muskrat Hut. The Muskrat Hut is an off-grid (solar-powered and wood stove heated) mobile centre with an incinerator toilet (zero waste), water catchment/storage system, shower /change room, and wash up sinks to support living on the land. The Muskrat Hut project was a finalist in the Team category in the Science, Technology, Innovation and Collaboration Award in 2019.

Most recently, One House Many Nations' Making the Shift research is working with youth in four First Nations (Opaskwayak, Big River, Yellowknife, Brokenhead) to build four homes on-reserve with and for the homelessness in these communities. Dr Wilson is collaborating with the Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership to fund Treetudents and two Homebuildersfour architecture students, two Homebuilder students and three professors who assisted in building the Muskrat Hut in Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and are now currently helping design homes with homeless people in the four reserve communities.

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Dr. Alex WilsonDr. Alex Wilson, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, is a professor with the Department of Educational Foundations and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Her teaching and research focuses on Indigenous land-based education, Queering education and land protection through sustainable housing.

Key Policy Recommendations for Strengthening Community Economies

Webinar promo image: Key Policy Recommendations for Strengthening Community Economies, November 19 | 2pm Eastern Time (includes pictures of all the speakers against a backdrop of dandelions)Complex challenges like unemployment, poverty, the decline of economic activity and subsequent reduction of social services in urban and rural communities, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, systemic racism, and climate change require comprehensive responses.  The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many of the weaknesses in our social and economic systems, exacerbating some of these challenges and drawing attention to others as we, collectively, find a way forward that results in a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future for all.  

Across Canada and around the world, community economic development (CED) initiatives already foster inclusive economic revitalization, access to capital for business development, local ownership of resources, job creation, poverty reduction, and environmental stewardship.  At a larger scale, CED can provide the foundation for COVID-19 recovery that allows us to “build back better”.

What, specifically, do we want to see happen right now?  What are the key policy changes that will facilitate the implementation of CED solutions to communities’ challenges?

On November 19 we talked about our current policy priorities, how they can accelerate economic recovery in a COVID and post-COVID world, and how you can get involved!  

Guest Speakers:

  • Raissa Marks, Government Relations Director & Mike Toye, Executive Director, Canadian Community Economic Development Network
  • Hazel Corcoran, Executive Director, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation
  • Kelly Dowdell, Policy & Research Specialist, Momentum
  • Teshini Harrison, Policy Analyst, Ontario Nonprofit Network
  • Wendy Keats, Executive Director, Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick
  • David Lepage, Managing Partner, Buy Social Canada


Designing our Economies | Indigenomics by Design Virtual Forum

Promo Banner for the Indigenomics Insitute event "Designing our Economies: Indigenomics by Design Virtual Forum. Monday, November30th, 2020 ( Indigenomics Institute invites Indigenous leaders, businesses and organizations, government, educational institutions, private industry and corporations to Designing our Economies | Indigenomics by Design Virtual Forum. This forum, on Monday November 30th, 2020 will focus on the path towards Indigenous economic freedom, and will be an opportunity to come together to advance the vision of an annual national $100 Billion Dollar Indigenous economy. 

Indigenomics is modern constructive economic design. This forum will focus on Indigenous economic design as fundamental to the success of the emerging national annual $100 billion dollar Indigenous economy. Building our collective economic response to now is essential to build upon a strong foundation of resilience that will be felt for generations. 

The 2020 Indigenomics '10 to Watch' List will be announced. The Institute publishes this annual list of businesses and organizations who demonstrate excellence, innovation, leadership and committed action towards the growth of the Indigenous economy.​

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About the Indigenomics Institute

The Indigenomics Institute is an Indigenous economic advisory for public governments, Indigenous communities and the private sector. The Indigenomics Institute focuses on four core areas in overcoming Indigenous economic barriers and addressing challenges:


Indigenomics honors the powerful thinking of Indigenous wisdom of local economy, relationships and human values. Indigenomics is about increasing the role and visibility of Indigenous peoples in the new economy. It is about understanding indigenous ways of being and worldview. Indigenomics draws on ancient principles that have supported indigenous economies for thousands of years, and works to implement them as modern practices.

Indigenomics welcomes you to an Indigenous worldview. It brings to the forefront human values and practice. It invites dialogue, and thought provoking insight into possibility of the Indigenous relationship both in Canada and beyond. It explores the pathway of the threshold of the indigenous relationship and modern economies.

Communications Specialist

Request for Proposals

Contract Amount: $35 -40/hr depending on experience
Contract Term: 6 months with potential for extension or conversion to full-time employment

Deadline for Submissions: 5 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2020
Contract Start Date: TBA

Contact: Paul Cabaj at Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

Organizational webpage:

6 Nov 2020

The History of the Canadian Women's Movement & What's Next

"A whole generation of women have grown up without any knowledge. of the [Canadian] women's movement--let alone what makes it unique"--JUDY REBICK...FEC promo image with picture of Judy Rebick (Thursday, November 5 from 7pm-8:30pm Eastern)7:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time


We can't truly move forward unless we know where we have been.

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn about this the history of the Canadian women's movement from the incredible Judy Rebick, Canada's most influential and impactful feminist activist.

Rebick not only knows the history--she and her allies and colleagues across the country--made feminist history!

In this evening's Teach n' Talk, Judy will present a 40 minute talk on the history of Canadian women's movements with the aim of highlighting key moments, players and what makes it unique from sister movements in the U.S. and International women's movements. Following her formal presentation, we will kick off our conversation and invite questions about where the movement is today, and what to expect next--or anything you want to ask!

Given this event is on the heels of the U.S. election, it should be an interesting evening!

About Judy Rebick

Judy is outspoken, opinionated, direct and never holds back. Given this is right after the U.S. election, it's guaranteed to be a fiery evening.


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Access is pay what you can

The Feminist Enterprise Commons (FEC) is an online co-working space for enterprising intersectional feminists creating projects, new ventures or operating as sole proprietors in ways that advances social justice for all.

We hold a series of events, skills shares on feminist enterprise building wisdom and tools, writer's workshops, and community meet ups about current events.

THE FEC is a membership community created by LiisBeth Media. LiisBeth is an online magazine for enterprising feminists worldwide. 

The Fine Print-Episode #2 with Catherine Bush

"The Fine Print" promo image with pictures of Lana Pesch and Catherine Bush, alongside Bush's novel "Blaze Island"7:00pm – 8:00pm Eastern Time

Join us for the second episode of The Fine Print on October 27, for a conversation with author Catherine Bush about her new novel, Blaze Island. The Fine Print is a one-hour conversation with a change-making author in The Book Café of the Feminist Enterprise Commons. There will be time for audience Q&A and feminist networking.

Bush is the author of five novels, including Blaze Island (2020). Her work has been critically acclaimed, published internationally and shortlisted for literary awards. She is the coordinator of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph. Bush often speaks about writing fiction on the climate crisis, and was a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, Germany.

“Riveting and morally complex, Blaze Island is a beautiful, kaleidoscopic work that offers a resounding reply to the question of how literature might wrestle with the deepest threat facing the planet, anthropogenic climate change.”— Kyo Maclear, author of Birds, Art, Life

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Bonus guest! Elizabeth Bush—yes, Catherine’s sister—will be joining the event. Elizabeth Bush has worked at Environment and Climate Change for about twenty years, and her work has focused on the science of climate change for most of that time. Most recently, she was very involved in preparing a major report called Canada’s Changing Climate Report which is available online to the public at It is her hope that the release of that report and the user friendly website for disseminating results will help contribute to the conversation among Canadians about climate change. Elizabeth has also participated with her sister Catherine in many family dinner conversations about the climate crisis and what to do about it.

HEY! We’re giving away TWO FREE COPIES of Blaze Island to the first two people who email us the name the Canadian island that is fictionalized in the book.  

NOTE: The signature cocktail for this episode of The Fine Print is the Vodka Kombucha Smash made with the Canadian Iceberg Vodka. For a virgin cocktail, omit the Iceberg.


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