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November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

November Lunch and Learn SeriesIf your organization wants to make a bigger impact in their local economy, then this free webinar series is not to be missed.

Training, education, and information is not only a co-operative principle, it’s an important part of growing any organization. Every Thursday during the month of November we are offering free noon-hour webinars that will expand your organization’s knowledge about strategic opportunities around economic development. All you need is to RSVP in advance.

Register for the November Coop Lunch and Learn Series

To best enjoy these webinars, we highly recommend watching this webinar with a colleague; invite them for lunch! All webinars run from noon-1PM (MST)

November 2nd: Co-operative Strategies that can grow your business save you money,

If your enterprise is looking to reduce costs, increase productivity, and build a strong work culture, then this 45-minute lunch hour webinar is not to be missed. Learn how co-operative strategies can be applied in your business, not for profit, or community.

Hosted by Seth Leon, Manager of Co-operative Services; Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

November 9th: Member Loyalty Programs: Enhance member value while supporting local business

North Parkland Power REA (NPP) has increased value to their members offering loyalty discounts to a range of local businesses. This strategy also connects their co-op to the local business community in a meaningful way. Learn how NPP devised and executed on this strategy, and the key actions needed to get started in your community.

Hosted by Andrea LaBrie, Member-Owner Representative; North Parkland Power REA ltd.

November 16th: As Local As Possible: Craft Brewing in Alberta

Alberta’s craft beer industry is exploding, having tripled in size over the past few years. Growth continues, all over Alberta, in an industry that has deep roots in the history of the province. Where has the industry come from and where will it go? How can your community play its part in making brewing a signature industry for Alberta?

Hosted by Terry Rock, Executive Director; Alberta Small Brewers Association

November 23rd:  Local Investing & Community Economic DevelopmentLearn about how to invest locally, raise capital for your local business, and how to grow your local economy. Recent changes to investment rules in Alberta will soon make things easier to invest locally and raise money locally. Learn how community economic development can help your business do well, and do good. This webinar will help frame local opportunities with long-term economic growth, opportunities to maximize your impact, access tax benefits, and mobilize growing networks.

Hosted by Courtney Hare, Public Policy Manager; Momentum

November 30th: How inclusive spaces increase market share and build stronger businesses

Creating welcoming spaces strengthen brand identity and improve customer experience. This webinar explains how to develop accessible and inclusive spaces that will help your business grow. Learn how to maximize your marketing and strengthen your brand. This webinar will also touch on project management for creating accessible spaces, and how to access grants.

Hosted by Sean Crump CEO and Head Chair; Universal Access

2009 CD/CED Manitoba Gathering

Please join us at the 2009 CD/CED Gathering

To create change, we build movements, coalitions and networks. To build better neighbourhoods, we work collectively through grassroots leadership. To benefit local economies, we create organizations and business run and owned by community - In all of this, we are Stronger Together.

Join others engaged in all aspects of building fairer and stronger local economies, tackling poverty and homelessness, and investing in sustainable communities for a full day of networking, learning, sharing, and inspiration.

With over 30 workshops, this free, all-day event takes place on October 23rd at St. John's High School in Winnipeg's North End.


There is no charge for registering for this conference.


Financial Empowerment for Development and Peacebuilding

Financial Empowerment for Development and Peacebuilding8:30am to 5:00pm
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd. 

In the rapidly changing world of consumer finance, vulnerable groups are particularly in need of financial empowerment. This course will engage social change theory in order to identify and evaluate responses to challenging consumer finance issues. This course will be valuable for participants engaged in a variety of sectors, including community development, family mediation, and international development. It will explore how consumer finance can cause harm that might have gender, class, or identity dimensions and will be a practical asset for community workers.

Register for Financial Empowerment for Development and Peacebuilding

For more information, go to or e-mail csop at
See Poster here

Jerry Buckland is Professor of International Development Studies at CMU’s Menno Simons College. His research and teaching areas include research and evaluation methods, financial empowerment, community-based development, and rural and Indigenous Peoples’ development. He has more than twenty years of experience in the field and has written numerous books, articles, and policy reports. He has been active in payday lending regulation debates in Canada.

Other CSOP course topics include violent extremism, peace skills, peacebuilding in Indigenous communities, ecumenical peacebuilding, ethics in a bordered world, trauma healing, and arts-based peacebuilding.

“CSOP is a place where new friendships are formed and where rich conversations about life, work and experience happen. It provides a space for mature learning and global connections.” —Kriz Cruzado, CSOP Participant

Financial Empowerment for Development and Peacebuilding is a course offered through the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP). The CSOP is an institute of Canadian Mennonite University and runs one-week intensive peacebuilding courses for two weeks in June that are available for professional development, personal interest, or academic credit.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit

Indigenous Food Sovereignty SummitCanad Inns Destination Centre
Club Regent Casino Hotel
1415 Regent Ave. West

Join Four Arrows Region Health Authority Inc. on June 19th, 20th and 21st to share and learn about indigenous cultural food practices and the ceremonies, stories, and traditional languages that honour food.

Register for the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit

As the Food Security Coordinator at Four Arrows Regional Health Authority Inc., Byron has seen first-hand the interest and need for Indigenous communities to reconnect with their food systems. Byron considers himself to be connected to Mother Earth and has found a definite need for this knowledge within himself. Indeed, this is how the vision for the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit began. First came the questions: What is food? What does it mean to Indigenous people? And how can we move away from thinking of food as merely sustenance?

To answer these questions requires moving away from a food system that is outside of Indigenous people, and broadening the scope of what an Indigenous food system could be. Too often we hear stories of food insecurity, of people going hungry, in Indigenous communities. Those stories are important, but so are the stories of how we are spending time on the land, growing, gathering, hunting, fishing, and trapping. In many cases, these traditional food practices; the knowledge, the ability and skills around the practices are already present in communities. But it often exists in small pockets, and there aren’t a lot of opportunities to share. It’s time to share stories that can help “reignite the fire within our communities,” as Byron calls it. It begs the question: What is Indigenous Food Sovereignty?

Research Principles for Working with First Nations

RPLC webinar 2:00pm Eastern Time

In this webinar, you will become acquainted with OCAP® and their online training course Fundamentals of OCAP®.

The First Nations principles of OCAP® are a set of standards that establish how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used, or shared. They are the de facto standard for how to conduct research with First Nations. Standing for ownership, control, access and possession, OCAP® asserts that First Nations have control over data collection processes in their communities, and that they own and control how this information can be used.

Register for Research Principles for Working with First Nations

Questions: Meghan Wrathall, 819-345-3777

Effective governance and policy-making is based upon sound, quality data. Rather than First Nations people being perpetual subjects of other’s research, policies like OCAP, which encourage First Nations participation in and ownership of data, contribute to effect policy making by leaders as well as ensuring research that actually meets the needs of communities themselves.

First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIG), is a First Nations organization well-known for conducting and storing the information from our on-reserve Regional Health Surveys across Canada. We have also developed the OCAP® Principles which also help First Nations implement. Our mission is to strengthen First Nations’ data sovereignty and the development of governance and information management systems at the community level. We adhere to free, prior and informed consent, respect na-tion-to-nation relationships, and recognize the distinct customs of nations, to achieve transformative change.


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