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Freedom Dreaming: Creating Co-ops that Empower & Enliven Community

Brown background with graphics of curved lines and triangles, as well as Freedom Dreams logo. Text says "Episode #4 December 8, 2021 6pm-7:30pm ET. Workshop: Freedom Dreaming. Creating Co-ops that empower and enliven community. Christine Clark, founder, Freedom Dreams Co-operative Education. Josephine Grey, Co-founder, St James Town Community Co-op." Headshots of Christine Clarke and Josephine Grey. Community-led solutions lead to transformative social change and co-ops put the power to shape our realities and decide our own futures back into people's hands. Community organizer and human rights advocate Josephine Grey of St. James Town Community Co-op joins us to explore impact co-op models that meet community needs.

The workshop will be a participatory, question-and-answer session and we encourage attendees to come with their questions for Josephine on how to create impactful co-op models that truly meet community needs.

Freedom Dreams Co-operative Education Program is an online and place-based workshop series that shares knowledge about co-operatives and the solidarity economy from a Black, Indigenous and Person of Colour (BIPOC) perspective. The "Transformation on Our Own Terms" series explores the complex histories of co-operatives often left out of the examples and conversations in the mainstream co-operative rhetoric here in Canada, with cultural significance in South and Central America, Asia and Southeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and throughout the Black Diaspora.

As we ‘build back better’ in a post-COVID world, this webinar series demonstrates not only what’s possible but what’s necessary in order for BIPOC communities to take their power into their own hands regarding food sovereignty, social justice, economic self-determination and more. 

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54 Kensington Market, Neighbourhood Organizing and Community Land Trust

Urban building painted with mural of Mona Lisa, with a handmade banner in front that says "Community Owned Kensington." Image text says "Affordable Housing Challenge Project Seminar Series. 54 Kensington Ave, Neighbourhood Organizing, and Community Land Trust. Monday Nov 29, 2021, 7:30pm EST Zoom. Dominique Russel, Co-Chair, KMCLT. Chiyi Tam, Development Manager, KMCLT. Other KMCLT residents and board members. Moderated by Sinead Petrasek, PhD student, Human Geography." Logos of Kensington Market Community Land Trust and Affordable Housing Challenge Project.On June 1st 2021, a self-organized neighborhood group called the Kensington Market Community Land Trust (KMCLT) successfully bought their first building - 54 Kensington Avenue and took it off the private real estate market. For three years prior, the residents of the building, along with their neighbours and local political representatives protested and fought against the illegal eviction of 20+ tenants from this building. Now the building is owned by the community, through this democratically controlled community land trust. Come to our free online webinar to hear how Toronto's locals are fighting for affordable housing, despite seeing neighborhood changes rapidly displacing low-income tenants and those most marginalized. Hear the story of how this was possible, and bring your questions.

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Director of Policy and Research

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is seeking a Director of Policy and Research. This is a leadership position that will report to the Executive Director, leading CCEDNet’s advocacy and research strategies.   

Compensation: 
$62,218 - $83,278 annually, adjusted for regional cost of living variances, plus extended benefits
Deadline: 
6 Dec 2021

Building Partnerships

Icon of rainbow coloured buildings with text: "Building Partnerships 2021: The 9th Annual MNPHA Conference"The annual Building Partnerships conference features diverse speakers, ranging from property managers and engineers, to community service providers and civil servants, all of whom are involved with the provision of affordable housing on Treaty land. This year’s sessions will address sustainability, innovative models of housing, tenant-landlord communications and more, with a strong focus on the role of housing in reconciliation.  

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2021 ABLE fall virtual series

Image of adult hugging child with text: "2021 Able fall virtual series. Recover and rebuild. November 10, 18, 23. 12:00-3:00 PM EST. Register"Recover and Rebuild: Helping Canadians build financial security during the pandemic and beyond
The 2021 ABLE Financial Empowerment (FE) virtual series is a collection of online financial empowerment events designed to provide frontline FE practitioners, FE stakeholders, government, policy-makers and academics with knowledge, tools, resources and insights on financial topics to help struggling Canadians build financial resilience through the pandemic and recovery.  

The fall virtual series showcases relevant topics for post-pandemic financial empowerment and is geared for people from all sectors working to mobilize financial empowerment solutions to tackle poverty in Canada.

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2021 ABLE fall virtual series

Image of adult hugging child with text: "2021 Able fall virtual series. Recover and rebuild. November 10, 18, 23. 12:00-3:00 PM EST. Register"Recover and Rebuild: Helping Canadians build financial security during the pandemic and beyond
The 2021 ABLE Financial Empowerment (FE) virtual series is a collection of online financial empowerment events designed to provide frontline FE practitioners, FE stakeholders, government, policy-makers and academics with knowledge, tools, resources and insights on financial topics to help struggling Canadians build financial resilience through the pandemic and recovery.  

The fall virtual series showcases relevant topics for post-pandemic financial empowerment and is geared for people from all sectors working to mobilize financial empowerment solutions to tackle poverty in Canada.

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