In This Issue
Located in rural Saskatchewan, the Ohpahow Wawesecikiwak Arts Marketing Co-operative first became certified in July 2008. It was established to provide the artisans of Big River First Nation with an outlet through which they could develop their skills and market their art collectively. The diverse group of artisans create works that inspire people, while preserving and promoting their traditional culture through authentic Cree art and hand made goods.
The co-op model was chosen for its inherent values of cooperation, consensus building and equality among its members. It has helped serve the purpose of bringing people in the community from all walks of life together, consisting of 35 members aging in range from 23 to 75.
Big River First Nation has recognized the economic stimulus of the co-operative model and is now developing a new worker co-op in the community. Fifteen participants have received 10 weeks of training and are developing business plans for 3 enterprises.
In a community of 3000, businesses are needed, and people can acquire new skills as they access work. "There is no reason to migrate to the cities right now as people are being laid off," said Marie Prebushewski, who works with the Big River First Nation co-ops. Hence, unemployed workers can look to the successes of the co-operatives as models that make entrepreneurship and quality jobs an option in their local community.
For more information, contact Marie Prebushewski, executive director of Thickwood Hills Business & Learning Centres at (306) 549-4726.
Lydia Giles - National Learning Events Coordinator
With CCEDNet's National Conference happening in Winnipeg this June, Lydia Giles has joined us as our National Learning Events Coordinator. For the past ten years, Lydia worked as Executive Director of the Manitoba Arts Network. In this position she organized annual conferences to provide resources and professional development for rural and northern community arts organizations.
Janielle Brooks-Smith - Rural Engagement Coordinator
Janielle Brooks-Smith has joined us to increase our Network's ability connect and support CED in rural areas. Janielle is currently completing a Master's degree in Rural Development at Brandon University. Her graduate research explores micro-credit as a rural livelihood strategy in Manitoba, with a specific focus on small-business development. Janielle believes that rural communities across Canada can be engines of economic growth and is interested in working toward their sustainability.
CCEDNet Manitoba welcomes CEDTAS as its newest permanent program. CEDTAS matches professional service providers wanting to volunteer their skills with non-profit groups developing CED projects. Working to make this happen are two dedicated staff:
Julio Rivas - Project Coordinator
Robyn Webb - Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
The partnership between CEDTAS and CCEDNet is based on a considerable overlap in the mission and day-to-day activities of both organizations, resulting in the better use of existing resources.
On January 7th, twenty leading thinkers and actors from our sector came together to give their input into a Social Enterprise Action Plan. In response to the Manitoba CED community identifying social enterprise as one of the priorities of our network, CCEDNet has been leading this research and engagement project. The action plan will layout the critical resources and supports needed for a robust and growing social enterprise sector in Manitoba.
The first completed portion of this work was a paper by Alex Chernoff called Creating Capital Pools to Support Social Enterprise Development in Manitoba. The next portion of the action plan will come from the work of Garry Loewen and Brendan Reimer, who have been conducting interviews with people working on social enterprise in Manitoba, across Canada and the U.S.
As part of our efforts to help shape the Federal Budget and Stimulus package, the Manitoba CED Network participated in the national campaign for the renewal of the Co-op Development Initiative, due to expire this March. The Manitoba CED Network sent letters to all Manitoba MPs, as well the Ministers of Finance and Agriculture, to encourage them to support this program which has been so successful in developing new and emerging co-ops.
The new year is upon us with a mix of optimism, apprehension, and uncertainty. Optimism for the wind of change that has blown over the United States and elected the first black man and a former community organizer to the White House. Apprehension about the growing global economic downturn and what it will mean for both the communities we serve and our collective ability to respond. And uncertainty as the political landscape in Ottawa changes in unprecedented ways.
Since our founding in 1999, the Canadian CED Network has grown to over 600 members representing thousands of Canadians across the country. Over the last decade, our members and staff have worked on generating resources and support for locally-led innovative initiatives in poverty reduction, grassroots action, creating healthy communities and advancing policy improvements. Most important, our Network has enabled people working in CED across Canada to connect with one another, sharing innovations and learning about effective solutions to common problems. The regular failings and limitations of the market economy have often been the catalyst for community innovation demonstrated by our members time and again across the country. This means that our work building stronger local economies and sustainable communities is needed now more than ever.
In addition to serving as a national voice and platform for collective action, The Canadian CED Network continues to offer opportunities for peer learning, collaboration, regional and national networking, resources and a space for members to organize around specific issues. Regional and national member newsletters keep you informed of these and other activities. Making Waves examines the successes and challenges of our work from a front-line perspective, and our website (www.ccednet-rcdec.ca) offers new opportunities for on-line information sharing. CCEDNet's national conference continues to be the foremost opportunity for CED practitioners to engage with one another and address emerging issues, and of course membership provides substantial discounts on conference registration rates.
Your membership is essential to our success as a movement. Membership is based on the calendar year, meaning that it is time for membership renewal.
The Province announced Winnipeg's Aboriginal youth will benefit from more than $640,000 in funding through the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement. This investment will support 11 projects that focus on helping Aboriginal youth to succeed through education, employment training, career development, leadership, and skills training. The projects funded today demonstrate the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement's support for Winnipeg's Aboriginal residents and offer Aboriginal organizations a means to participate fully through greater economic opportunities for Aboriginal individuals and communities.
The Provincial government is well on its way to meeting its goal of funding 6,500 more child-care spaces under the five-year Family Choices strategy, while ensuring schools with declining enrolment remain active in their communities. Manitoba has identified 10 schools that have surplus space that can be modified for child-care centres, developing 343 spaces at a cost of $1.5 million. These are the first of up to 35 new program sites committed to under Family Choices. The Province has also enhanced funding for 100 nursery school spaces to improve access for low-income families with children attending nursery school.
More information about Family Choices is available at www.gov.mb.ca/familychoices
Critical skilled-labour shortages in the north are being addressed by the Province with a $4.5 million Northern Essential Skills Training Initiative. The aim of this initiative is to reconcile labour and skill shortages that may inhibit economic growth in the north. Essential skills are those skills needed to be successful at work; they bring a work focus to more general literacy skills and are considered essential for lifelong career advancement. Labour force projections suggest thousands of workers will be required in northern Manitoba in upcoming years. The Northern Essential Skills Training Initiative will target lower-skilled, unemployed and under employed people to meet these demands.
The Province's plans to revitalize neighbourhoods are being expanded as $105,850 to support six projects in the new Neighbourhoods Alive! Community of Portage la Prairie. A variety of people should see benefits from these projects because the planning and development of community improvements has involved local residents throughout the consultation process. The Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation called for two key funding projects: the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and the Neighbourhood Housing Assistance.
More information on the Neighbourhoods Alive! program is available at www.neighbourhoodsalive.mb.ca
The Northern Healthy Food Initiative is a series of partnered projects initiated to meet such goals as increased food self-sufficiency; nutrition education that integrates traditional and modern gardening and food preparation techniques; helping families rediscover healthy local food sources; and encouraging the local economy of harvesters and self-sufficiency.
The province is funding the initiative in 2008-09 with increased grants totaling more than $600,000, which has leveraged support from a number of other sources along with participation from local residents and numerous organizations.
Not-for-profit organizations across Manitoba and municipal governments in rural Manitoba are invited to apply for grants from the provincial Green Team program to hire youth next summer. In addition to recreation, housing rehabilitation and neighbourhood safety projects, summer employees may focus on park and riverbank cleanups and public education programs on a variety of community development topics.
Info and Applications at www.gov.mb.ca/opportunities/summer,careers.html
Or Call: 945-0901 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-800-282-8069, ext. 0901
The Real Child-Care ChallengeA newly released report from UNICEF provides important information for Manitobans and should prompt immediate action.
The study, The Child Care Transition, finds that children of the world's most affluent countries spend a large part of their early childhood in some form of child care - but the child care they are in does not always meet best practices. Nevertheless, child care is a fact of life for most children. The current economic recession provides compelling reasons to make improvements now, rather than wait. Economist and Nobel Prize Laureate James Heckman explains why: Investing in young children "is a rare public policy initiative that promotes fairness and social justice and at the same time promotes productivity in the economy and in society at large."
For the sake of our children and families, Manitoba urgently needs an excellent, high quality early-childhood care and education system.
The Right to Housing Coalition is pleased to see the Harper government commit to much needed investments in housing, but remain apprehensive that the $2.075 billion ‘quick fix' will far short of what is required. Housing advocates across the country are calling for $2.5 billion investment toward the development of 30,000 - 50,000 new social housing units countrywide, together with required additional contributions from provinces and municipalities.
The Harper government budget allocation of $1 billion to renovate existing social housing is welcome news for Manitoba, as it will contribute to the provincial commitment to rehabilitate the much-neglected aging social housing stock. The Budget allocates an additional 1.075 billion of targeted investment. Skepticism continues over the situation for social housing in Manitoba; every year 1500 new social housing units are needed to meet demand. And while the targeted investment for seniors, persons with disabilities and on-reserve Aboriginals is critical, what about the many others in need of housing including Aboriginals living off-reserve, newcomers, and other individuals and families in desperate need of housing?
For more information visit righttohousing.ca
A recent research paper by Yves Vaillancourt, a professor at the School of Social Work at the Université du Québec à Montréal, explores the democratization of public policy in Canada and the role that Social Economy plays within this evolution, comparing and contrasting similar experiences in Latin America. The research investigates certain theoretical and empirical data on specific social policy reforms, paying particular attention to reforms in which co operation is seen between the state and stakeholders in the social and solidarity economy. Literature reviews concerning the participation of stakeholders from civil society, the market, the third sector and the social and solidarity economy in the democratization of the state and public policy are also taken into account.
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CoopZone is two things: a national network of co-operative developers, and an on-line clearinghouse of information, tools and resources. CoopZone provides tools, co-op development resources and advice on starting and growing co-operatives.
The website also is a great asset for keeping up-to-date with news, services, and training opportunities for your co-operative. Check it out at http://www.coopzone.coop
Authored and compiled by Community Wealth Ventures, a leading consulting firm to nonprofits and member of SEA, this publication is a must read for nonprofit organizations seeking new, more-reliable funding sources. Streams of Hope features a preface by Bill Shore (Chairman of Community Wealth Ventures), a forward by John Reynolds (President of the International Franchise Association's Education Foundation) and chapters by leaders in the franchise and nonprofit sectors. It serves as both an introduction to social franchising and a handbook for navigating this income stream.
Forum on the Solidarity Economy: Building Another World
March 19-22, 2009 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
This four day conference will include an inspiring range of solidarity economy tours, workshops, plenaries and cultural events. Solidarity economy practitioners and resource organizations, social movement activists, workers, academics, students, researchers, cultural workers, journalists and other fellow travelers are welcomed to come and be part of the growing global movement to build the solidarity economy.
Registration and workshop proposals forms are also available at:
SEED Winnipeg has developed new workshops to assist ethno-cultural groups learn new ways to raise money for their organization. Free 2-hour workshops are being held at SEED Winnipeg in February of 2009 on ‘How to Start a Community-owned Business in Canada' and ‘How to Build a Strong Organization in Canada'.
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The Caledon Institute has just released a paper calling for strong social programs to play a vital part in an economic stimulus package. Ottawa has at its disposal several effective social programs that can play an important part in an economic stimulus package to combat the recession. Boosting three geared-to-income programs - the Canada Child Tax Benefit, refundable GST credit and Working Income Tax Benefit - would put additional money into the hands of lower-income households who are most likely to spend it immediately. Employment Insurance, which now serves only four in ten unemployed Canadians, must be restored and strengthened. Ottawa should also bolster its transfers to the hardest hit provinces and territories so that they do not bear the full burden of social assistance and other recession-linked cost increases.
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