Manitoba Regional Network

About CCEDNet Manitoba

The Manitoba regional network of the Canadian CED Network is a robust and dynamic membership organization, with a network made up of organizations working on economic, social, and environmental change in Manitoba. This includes non-profit community-based organizations, social enterprises, and cooperatives.

What We Do

CCEDNet Manitoba takes action at local and provincial levels and supports Manitoba members towards CCEDNet’s vision of sustainable, equitable, and inclusive communities directing their own futures. 

The Manitoba Network:

  • Builds Strength: Increasing the capacity of community organizations to do their own work well. 
  • Builds Knowledge: Sharing practices, models, and stories that articulate CED approaches and strategies. 
  • Builds Connection: Weaving connections between members and communities toward a more developed CED ecosystem and toward our vision.
  • Builds Power: Advancing our vision and collective voice for change through public policy advocacy, government relations, and coalition building.

The Network achieve these strategic priorities through our three program areas:

  • Network Weavingbuilds connection and power in community organizations & social enterprises through convening stakeholders and leaders and representing sector interests through government relations.
    • Also includes the Network’s membership engagement, facilitation, and recruitment work. Manitoba members come together through numerous annual events, providing feedback and direction for the work of the Network and connecting with each other. 

  • Spark builds strength in community organizations and social enterprises. It is a pro bono matching service that works to connect Winnipeg-based organizations focused on economic, social, and environmental change with professionals wanting to donate their skills for social good. 

Community Economic Development in Manitoba

In Manitoba, our members have strengthened our province’s communities and have helped build stronger local economies that benefit everyone through the Community Economic Development approach.

Community economies can be sites of economic, social, and environmental transformation. Our members are challenging the status quo and building alternatives through a Community Economic Development approach. In Manitoba, the CED framework and approach has been especially informed by the Neechi Principles.

CED prioritizes local ownership and control. CED action is democratic, driven and led by community members. It engages and builds the capacity of community members to be agents for their own future.

Outcomes of CED include creating economic opportunities that improve social conditions, addressing poverty, and supporting environmental action.

Acknowledgement of the Land and our Shared Commitment

CCEDNet Manitoba gathers on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew, Oji-Cree, and Dakota people, and the homeland of the Red River Métis Nation. The work of our members and regional network occurs in communities across Treaties 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

We acknowledge the full and complicated history of this place, and the people who have always cared for it, with the intent and spirit of learning to become better, more respectful, guests here. 

CCEDNet Manitoba benefits from the participation and leadership of many local Indigenous leaders, and acknowledges how they have shaped our Network, our approach, and have been dear friends and teachers in our development. We look forward to continued relationship and cultivating joyous work together in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

To find out more or for general inquiries, get in touch with Michael Barkman, Manitoba Network Manager at m.barkman [at] or 204-943-0547 x 203.

Marlis Funk photo

Marlis Funk (she/her)
Manitoba Events and Engagement Coordinator

Michael Barkman (he/him)
Manitoba Network Manager