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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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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

Register for The Fine Print-Episode #2 with Catherine Bush

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.

Cultivating Change: A just transition to a regenerative food system

Banner with Cultivating Change logoA just transition to a regenerative food system

Join Food Secure Canada from November 12 - 18, 2020 for a series of online conversations and workshops to explore the intersections between food systems, anti-racism, decolonization, and environmental justice movements.

Register for Cultivating Change

Cultivating Change will showcase the work of Indigenous, Black and racialized food leaders, and build consciousness and capacity for anti-racist and decolonized approaches and allyship within the food movement.

As a food movement,  bold change is needed from farm to fork, to regenerate Indigenous foodlands,  and to ensure that everyone has access to healthy, just, and sustainable food. However, it is impossible to achieve this change without centering reconciliation, decolonization, and racial justice in the development of the policies and programs that shape our food systems.

Learn more about Cultivating Change

NASCO Institute 2020: Choose Your Own Future

Banner Image of NASCO Institute 2020Since 1977, NASCO's Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff, and managers of group-equity cooperatives. The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.

Choose your own Future

Currently, cooperatives are facing uncertainty as all of us are in this new reality.  We are focusing on our commitment to a brighter future. Cooperatives are full of imagined possibilities and real solutions to problems of the present and the future. This year we will bring together cooperators to bring to life the future we want to see.

Learn more and register for NASCO Institute 2020

An Asset-Based Community Development Virtual Workshop

9am - 4pm Eastern Time

Cormac Russell has recently released a book called Rekindling Democracy- A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space in which he stipulates that organizations and professionals are not the solution to community problems, it is citizens who must be at the center of any authentic and powerful democratic response to challenges. 

Tamarack Institute has booked two virtual workshops with Cormac Russell who will lead participants through a learning journey to show how, as professionals and organization, we can shift to citizen-centred community development approaches from top-down institution-centred ones, and how we can challenge the status quo in order to reboot democracy. 

  • Option One: The Three Lane Hi-way- A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space (Dec 2 2020)

    Morning Session: Growing the led by the people space & The Hydraulic Relationship
    Presentations; Group work and deep dive discussions make this an energizing and liberating experience.

    Early Afternoon Session: Tools for precipitating Citizen-led action and community building
    Explore the power of questions, learning conversations; asset portraits. Here you will deepen practice, hone your skills and learn from peers.

    Late Afternoon: The Eight Touchstones: A Framework for Place-based Community Building
    The framework enable you to workout in practical terms how you are going to make this real in a back home context. You will develop a clear pathfinder framework to guide your future community building efforts.

    Register for Option One

  • Option Two: A Professional’s Guide to Working with Young People in Citizen Space (Dec 3 2020)

    Morning Session: Growing the led by the people space with young people in key contributing roles
    Using a mix of presentations, group work and deep dive discussions on how to support youth citizenship but also how best to support the wider community to recognize and include the gifts of young people.

    Early Afternoon Session: Tools for precipitating Citizen-led action and community building
    Explore the power of questions, learning conversations; asset portraits. In particular we want to explore ways that young people can be supported in community building roles within their own neighbourhoods.

    Late Afternoon: The Eight Touchstones: A Framework for Place-based Community Building
    You will develop a clear framework to guide your future community building efforts ensuring that young people feel central, without feeling overburdened.

    Register for Option Two

Learn more about the An Asset-Based Community Development Virtual Workshop

‘Owning the Economy’ Community Wealth Building Summit 2020

Banner with information about event10am to 4:30pm Eastern Time

Join the third annual Community Wealth Building Summit. This one-day summit is the premier UK event for uniting, informing and inspiring the community wealth building movement.

This year’s summit will showcase how community wealth building is being used to rebuild and reform local economies reeling from the impact of Covid-19. It will provide insight into policy and practice from city mayors, national and local governments, communities and practitioners in the UK and beyond; helping us all to build fairer, sustainable, and more resilient local economies in these unprecedented times.

Register for the Community Wealth Building Summit

This year’s event will present opportunities to hear from global thought leaders who are progressing community wealth building policy and from emerging and established practitioners

The summit will help you to:

  • Learn how community wealth building can and should be placed at the heart of the Covid-19 recovery effort;
  • Understand how community wealth building represents a break from failed economic planning;
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the ideas behind community wealth building and the places where they are being applied.

Learn more about the Community Wealth Building Summit


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