The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved the following grants and contributions:
Breakfast Club of Canada ($450,000)—to introduce community food security and other related activities in several remote regions, with the goal of improving health and well being in Indigenous communities.
MaRS Solutions Lab ($1,000,000) — to support the growth and development of the social lab approach in Canada, which aims to help tackle complex social and economic challenges that involve systems change.
4Rs Youth Movement ($310,000) — to support the 4Rs Youth Movement—a collaboration between National and youth-lead Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations—in establishing a strong foundation for an enduring national youth reconciliation movement.
Prosper Canada ($300,000) — to support the adaptation and introduction to Canada of a successful financial literacy model currently used in the U.S., with the aim of improving the financial stability of economically vulnerable populations.
The Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK ($243,000) — to strengthen the NETWORK’s learning from its Cabot Square Project—which addresses Aboriginal homelessness—and to expand upon this approach in other Montreal neighbourhoods.
CityStudio Vancouver ($162,000) —to support the activities of CityStudio Vancouver, an experimentation and innovation hub for the City of Vancouver where city staff, community members, experts and students from six universities and colleges co-create projects that support city programs.
Blue Metropolis Foundation ($50,000) —to support the creation of a new literary prize for Indigenous writers.