Indigenous Community

Spotlight on New Grants (June 2020)

In view of the critical nature of the period through which society is passing, the Board has decided to increase its granting activities. We have joined the Give5 initiative, which calls upon foundations to disburse at least 5% of their endowments instead of the statutory minimum of 3.5%.  The Trustees of the McConnell Foundation have […]

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For Greta, with gratitude

You’ve made us realize that it is time for a rethink, and for courageous action. In 1946, Albert Einstein, spurred by the knowledge that the threat of nuclear annihilation meant that humanity needed to displace war as a means of resolving human conflict, ran an ad in the New York Times that read in part: […]

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Post-secondary gathers to renew focus on reconciliation

As the key driver of economic and social mobility in Canada, universities and colleges have a unique role to play in supporting reconciliation. It’s why last month together with Yukon College our Re-Code program hosted a first-of-its-kind gathering entitled “Perspectives on Reconciliation.” Over 7 days, 31 Canadian post-secondary institutions gathered to discuss the roles they […]

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Smart Cities Challenge prize winners announced!

On May 14, the federal government announced the first four winners of the Smart Cities Challenge. Our Cities for People initiative helped with the Challenge design — advocating for social innovation and community needs to be at the heart of the Challenge. The winning proposals — from Montreal, Guelph and Wellington County, several Nunavut communities, […]

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Accelerate action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals : ESDC launches call for proposals

The Government of Canada launched a call for proposals on an ongoing basis under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program for 2019-2020 to support and leverage the work of stakeholders furthering Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding for one-year projects aimed at building awareness, increasing […]

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Indigenous doulas help keep families together in Winnipeg

By Joanne Latimer Dawn Lavand, 33, does everything she can to make sure childbirth is a joyous occasion for Indigenous women. Working part time as a volunteer Indigenous doula in Winnipeg, she brings hand drums to maternity wards, where she fans women with eagle feathers, braids their hair and sings—all the while keeping an eye on […]

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From the Highway of Tears to MBA Games in pursuit of safety for Indigenous women and children

By Laura Beaulne-Stuebing and Cara McKenna “Violence against women and children doesn’t know any cultural bounds or divisions” — Moose Hide Campaign seeks safety through Indigenous practices The Moose Hide Campaign started out small, but has grown into a national movement to end violence against Indigenous women and children. It’s also grown into an opportunity for […]

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Building Reconciliation Forum 2017: 3 Lessons Learned

By Jennifer Lockerby, McConnell Re-Code Fellow At the third annual Building Reconciliation Forum, hosted by the University of Manitoba, Indigenous people and settlers discussed progress, possibilities and challenges for reconciliation in post-secondary education. First, I would like to thank the people who welcomed me, a settler, as a visitor to Treaty One territory. By extension, my […]

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UNDRIP would bring justice to Indigenous peoples, leaders say

September 12-13, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador, with the City of Montreal and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in the Territory Kanien’keha: ka – Mohawk territory. This marks a major milestone in the recognition of […]

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12 Lessons Un-Learned for 2017

As a foundation dedicated both to reconciliation and the practice of social innovation, McConnell believes that individuals and institutions must develop the capacity to unlearn. In 2017, as Canada marks its sesquicentennial, many Canadians struggle to square the revelations uncovered in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission with national myths about the moral virtue of Canadians. […]

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