In This Issue
- National CED News
In recognition of the strong and vibrant community economic development sector in Manitoba, as well as the National CED Conference held in Winnipeg last week attended by hundreds of community leaders from across the country, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs issued a proclamation declaring it "CED Week in Manitoba!" Participants attended more than 40 workshops, 5 full day site visits, and heard passionate keynote speakers from Pukatawagon, Manitoba as well as Quebec, Guatemala, and Bolivia and contributed to a collective National Action Planning forum. The Conference, hosted by SEED Winnipeg and Ka Ni Kanichihk, focused on exploring Indigenous Models of CED.
The Province of Manitoba and the Canadian CED Network also partnered to bring together more than 60 civil servants to hear about innovative and effective CED-related policy initiatives from Nunavut, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Ontario. As well, the Canadian CED Network's Food Policy Working Group organized a forum attended by more than 50 people from all parts of the country to talk about building a national policy framework for strengthening local food systems in Canada.
These activities all emerge out of the priorities identified by members: bringing people together to learn from each other, to find solidarity and support, to explore supportive policy frameworks that enable CED, to profile effective models and practice, to raise the profile of CED, and to create space for members to identify priorities for advancing our work and for building a supportive environment for CED activities in Canada.
Thanks to all our members from across the country who attended and contributed!
Harbour Golf Club and Resort at Elbow, Saskatchewan, Friday, July 10.
Support the co-operative approach of "people helping people". Funds raised will assist the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) and Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program (SCYP).
This is a great networking opportunity for co-operators, sponsors, suppliers and friends of the Co-operative Development Foundation and Saskatchewan Co-operative Association. Please join as a golfer, sponsor or donor. It promises to be a great day!
The federal Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) has been renewed! After countless hours of lobbying efforts by the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Conseil Cooperation Canadien et de la Mutualite and provincial associations and their members across the country, the federal program has been renewed for $19.1 million over 4 years. The new CDI program will be managed by the two national associations, with the provincial associations as delivery partners, and it will continue to be an important support mechanism that encourages co-operative development across the country.
The Canadian CED Network congratulates the Coop Community on this achievement, and was more than happy to advocate for renewal of the CDI and to mobilize our members across the country in support of it as well. To see our letter of support click here
Community Economic Development is based on the foundational premise that each community (or region) has within itself or within its grasp considerable capacity and opportunity to fine-tune its social, economic and environmental future. It is often about local people taking responsibility. It is often about changing perspectives and choices with respect to development options, community resources, market parameters and decision making capability.
Within the last decade, independent and locally owned businesses around the world have begun to actively engage in building sustainable local economies. These businesses are accountable to stakeholders and the environment. They are more than employers and profit-makers; they are neighbors, community builders and the starting point for social innovation, aligning commerce with the common good and bringing transparency, accountability, and a caring human face to the marketplace. They are active change agents.
Read more about the Saskatchewan Business & Community Alliance on Local Living Economies at http://www.seda.sk.ca/slle/main.html
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All kidding aside, this is one way to describe the pilot project community leaders in Winnipeg launched three years ago. They had identified the same thing as the Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet) did when it surveyed community economic development (CED) organizations in 2002: many people active in CED feel that they lack many of the skills required to pull off all the projects that need doing.
This is why one of the pillars of the first National CED Policy Framework concerned building the capacity of communities.That is also why CCEDNet stipulated that a capacity building component (if only $18 million over five years) was essential to the ill-fated federal Social Economy Initiative back in 2004.
To answer this need for capacity in Winnipeg, four groups simultaneously arrived at a series of diverse but related concepts. They ranged from the provision of mentoring and side-by-side training in proposal writing, budgeting, management, project development, and governance, all the way to direct engagement of technical professionals, after the example of the Community Design Centre in Pittsburgh. The provincial government, which was interested in funding to address this community need, asked the parties to go into a room together and not come out until they had agreed on one unified concept.
Following up on it's May 13th Telelearning Session, in which York University Professor J.J. McMurtry and Brendan Reimer, CCEDNet's Regional Coordinator for the Prairies and Northern Territories shared their research and experience with different approaches to social purchasing and procurement, the CSEHub has released an accompanying newsletter with resources to build on the discussion from the telelearning session.
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