November 2010

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Profile: Yukon Artists @ Work

For over seven years, Whitehorse, Yukon has been home to one of Canada’s most unique art galleries. Aside from the incredible local art, the Yukon Artists @ Work Gallery is extraordinary because of its co-operative business model and commitment to its Northern community. The artist-run co-operative showcases original work by many Yukon artists who have dedicated themselves to a unique and creative vocation in the Yukon.

Before YA@W, Whitehorse had one of the highest populations of artists per capita in Canada, but a desperate lack of places to display the local work. As a founding member, Harreson Tanner has helped fill that void by establishing the co-operative fine art gallery. Tanner recalls, “The only way to get it [a gallery] was to create ourselves. No one was in a position to pay them self, but together we all chipped in.”

YA@W’s members pay a one time buy-in fee of $100, and then contribute $1 a day and a 25% commission on the work they sell. For the artists, these nominal fees are a sound investment. “Without the gallery, they’d have to send their work down south,” explains Tanner. The highly competitive nature of the wider art market, and the costs associated with exporting their work makes YA@W an invaluable resource for local artists. Most importantly, YA@W provides its artists a sense of ownership. “This can be their gallery,” which means that the workspace “doesn’t just generate revenue, but it also generates opportunities.”

Although the gallery belongs to the artists’ co-operative, YA@W has continually opened its doors to the Whitehorse community. “We wanted to dispel the notion of the starving artist with their hands out,” says Tanner. Instead, the gallery has extended a hand to the Whitehorse community by hosting art lessons and seminars, and donating the use of the gallery space for local fundraisers. YA@W invites community members to an open house at least once a month, and has hosted numerous events to raise money for injured and struggling artists. The gallery has also established linkages with the wider business community by creating an emergency fund for artists who lack access to employment insurance.

With a collaborative show set to open in New York, a recent artist-exchange in Siberia, and brand new facilities in Whitehorse, YA@W’s future looks promising. Where ever they travel, YA@W not only exhibits art, but also the success of a co-operative business with a social conscious. While international success is great for the artists, the gallery remains deeply committed to the community.

For more information and upcoming events, visit YA@W's website.

Canadian CEDNet News

A Gigantic Gathering in Winnipeg

On October 19th, communtiy leaders and engaged citizens from across the country came to Winnipeg for the 8th annual CED/CD Gathering. The record setting 605 participants enjoyed a day of networking, knowledge sharing, and workshop learning. The number of workshops also set a new standard, as those in attendance had over 25 learning events to choose from. This year's theme was “Cultivating Co-operation,” which allowed us to explore the co-op model as an effective CED tool. Ian MacPherson appropriately set the day's tone with his keynote speech, Cultivating Co-operation: The Roots Run Deep, which focused on the long history of co-ops and cooperative action in Manitoba.

The momentum the Gathering has gained over the past eight years now extends beyond the boundaries of Winnipeg, and it has become a leading conference opportunity for CED practitioners and enthusiasts. CCEDNet would like to thank the many people whose hard work made the event a huge success. We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Visit MAFRA's vimeo page for video footage of some of the 2010 Gathering's workshops.

CCEDNet MB Policy Summit 2010

With the new year fast approaching, nearly 30 members gathered this month to discuss CCEDNet Manitoba's future policy agenda. After months of planning and resolution tweaking, the crowd listened to and discussed 15 policy resolutions on issues such as social enterprise development, housing, poverty reduction, and local food procurement.

By the end, everyone in attendance had helped shape CCEDNet's objectives and strengthened our mandate by participating in the discussion and voting on the resolutions. If nothing else, we hope that everyone walked away with a better understanding of each other's work, and a deeper appreciation for the importance of collaberation through the Network.

Be sure to check the website in the coming weeks for the opportunity to download the results of that day - a full Policy Document with all the necessary amendments. In the meantime, click here to download our new CCEDNet MB poster, which was first displayed at the event.

Meet our Members

Jubilee Fund

Established in 2000, the Jubilee Fund provides loan guarantees to individuals and organizations looking to develop economic initiatives that promote self-reliance, human dignity and a better quality of life for the individual and the community.

Visit their website for more information.

Inner City Renovation





ICR is a for-profit, social-purpose construction company committed to creating quality employment and advancement opportunities for low-income, inner-city Winnipeg residents. They work closely with other organizations that are committed to building appropriate inner-city housing and contributing to the economic and social growth of their community

Visit ICR's website for more information.

Sparks are Flying

So far this year, Spark has met with almost 100 organizations in Winnipeg and has brokered 37 matches between volunteers with specialized skills and many of these organizations. The matches have leveraged more than $100,000 in needed technical assistance services help organizations continue their work and start new initiatives. The volunteers make valuable contributions to these leaders in improving local social, economic and environmental conditions. The end result is a stronger, healthier and more sustainable city for all of us.

To find out how you can get involved, contact the Spark office at 837-7275 or email at

Emerging Leaders Recruiting

CCEDNet's Emerging Leaders Committee is a group of young people with the purpose of increasing the contributions of young people entering into the CED field, and ensuring an active and meaningful voice in CCEDNet. The ELC is currently seeking new members for its national team.

Anyone who is interested is encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter and resume outlining your experience to Stacia, EL Co-Chair by November 30, 2010 (5pm PT).

Social Economy Research

CCEDNet, in conjunction with the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnership (CSERP) recently released Building & Strengthening Communities Through the Social Economy. The case studies included in the brief are a representation of the 1000's of organizations that are involved in the social economy in Canada. The report is intended to inspire and increase awareness of the organizations across Canada that are run like businesses, but who redirect their surpluses back to the community.

Download the full document.

Intelligent Donations

Inner City Rennovations, Jubliee Fund, and Momentum Calgary, all CED-driven organizations and CCEDNet members, were recently featured in Charity Intelligence Canada's annual Recommended Charities 2010 report. Charity Intelligence helps publicize and celebrate effective charities, and holds organizations accountable to their donors through result-based research. 

Click here to download the full Charity Intelligence document.

Manitoba CED News

A LITE Breakfast

Local Investment Towards Employment (LITE) will be holding its annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on Friday, November 26 from 7am - 10am. The event will feature great local food, a crafter's market, and entertainment by Fred Penner and the ECCO Choir. It is being held at Indian and Metis Friendship Centre at 45 Robinson St.

For more details

Manitoba Federation of Non-Profits Webinar

The Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations Inc. are hosting a webinar titled, "The Voluntary and Non-Profit Health and Social Services Sector in Manitoba"  on November 26 at 1:30pm (Cen. Time). The webinar will examine the he role of information in human resources planning at the organizational, sector, government, and funder levels.

Learn more

A Boost for Affordable Housing in Manitoba Townships

In late October, the Governments of Canada and Manitoba announced $10.1 million in joint funding for new affordable housing projects. The combined 81 units will enhance housing quality and accessibility for seniors in three southern Manitoba communities.

Read the full news release

Keeping Neighbourhoods Alive! for 10 Years

Winnipeg community members and government officials gathered last month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Neighbourhoods Alive! (NA!) Program. According to an independent project evaluation by EKOS Research, the celebrations were well deserved. The report confirmed the value of the NA! community-led model, and identified local involvement, resident-led priorities and community-driven initiatives as strengths of the program. The evaluation also reported that 91% of community members believed NA! projects have had a positive impact on the revitalization of their communities.

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A-Zone Party

The Autonomous Zone (A-Zone), located at 91 Albert St., is the home of several worker cooperatives and non-profit groups. These groups are trying to purchase the A-Zone Building as a cooperative, (of course!) in order to secure a long-term sustainable space for their organizations. To help raise funds, the A-Zone group is holding a benefit social.

When: Saturday, November 27th 2010
Time: 8:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Ukrainian Labour Temple – 591 Pritchard Ave.
Tickets: are $10.00 available at Mondragon or through friends of the A-Zone

MAFRA Grant Proposals

The Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance (MAFRA) is currently accepting proposals for small grants to do food justice related projects in communities across Manitoba. The deadline for the grant application is January 11, 2011. To learn more, visit MAFRA's website, or email at Download the application form below.

Grant Information and Application.

New Digs for the United Way





On November 18, the United Way celebrated the official grand opening of their new downtown home, located at 580 Main Street. In addition to United Way staff, the three storey, 20,000 square-foot office building is also the new home of various local non-profits, including CCEDNet's Spark staff.

CreateAction Intern

Each year, CCEDNet member organizations hire emerging CED leaders for six month internships with the help of the CreateAction Internship Program. There are currently 40 interns working across the country with various CED initiatives, organizations, and programs.

Barb Wilton is working with the Elmwood Community Resource Center and Area Association as a Community Involvement Coordinator. For this placement, she will be working to engage residence of the Chalmers neighbourhood - in the Elmwood community - in focus groups and events. These gatherings are intended to bring forward the voice of a number of groups from the neighbourhood. The hope is that these interactions (along with many others) can help to increase the relationship between the center and the residence of the area, so that they will want to be involved in future community development and neighbourhood planning in their area.


CED Tool

Cooperative Development Curriculum

Co-operative development is an important tool in community economic development and the creation of healthy sustainable communities. Skills development, management and leadership are key components of successful cooperatives. A series of modules have been created as learning tools for groups and individuals who are interested in cooperative development.

This learning tool takes readers through a six-step guide of a cooperative's development. The goal of each module is to present concepts in a brief and interesting way, focusing on core concepts and utilizing quantitative techniques, checklists and self evaluation to allow the user to understand the key concepts from assessing a business idea, to creating the business to operating a cooperative.

Visit the Manitoba Housing & Community Development website to download the guide.

National CED News

Northern Summit on the Social Economy a Success

From November 2 – 4, over 75 social economy and CED actors met in Whitehorse to share information, celebrate innovation, hear about research, talk about collective action, and build relationships that will strengthen this work across northern Canada. Participants came from communities across the north, as well as from various other regions of Canada. Topics included food security, poverty reduction, informal and community economies, co-operatives and social enterprise, affordable housing, as well as an interesting and informative tour to Raven Recycling (a social enterprise), Yukon Wildlife Preserve, and the Yukon Artists @ Work Co-operative.

More information on the Summit will be available in the next newsletter, but for more information on the Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada Committee (SERNNoCa), click here.

CCEDNet Book Club - Humanizing the Economy

A recently published book by John Restakis, Humanizing the Economy, shows how co-operative models for economic and social development can create a more equitable, just, and humane future. With over 800 million members in 85 countries and a long history linking economics to social values, the co-operative movement is the most powerful grassroots movement in the world.

Highlighting the hopes and struggles of everyday people seeking to make their world a better place, Humanizing the Economy is essential reading for anyone who cares about the reform of economics, globalization, and social justice

Learn more

SECC Presents: Social Enterprise 101 Webinar

The Social Enterprise Council of Canada is hosting a free, 75-minute webinar is taking place on November 25, 12:00 EST. The Webinar will provide a great overview of the practice of social enterprise, from two leading social enterprise practitioners - Sonia Pouyat and Andy Horsnell.

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Job Postings

For the latest CED postings visit the National and Regional job pages on CCEDNet's website

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