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Innoweave Update
Innoweave is currently accepting applications for the second wave of Implementation Grants. Funds awarded will help organizations access coaching to implement Cloud Computing, Developmental Evaluation, Social Enterprise, and Social Finance in their organizations. Click here for more details. 

Leading Together
on CBC

CBC’s new Aboriginal-focused online portal will be highlighting stories from Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnership – a recent Foundation publication. Click here for more info on the portal and here for info on the publication. 

New Report on Cosmetic Toxins
Environmental Defence recently released Taking Stock: How the Cosmetics Industry Ranks on Toxic Chemicals, a report which ranks the five largest cosmetics companies from best to worst for their actions to remove toxins from their product lines. The Foundation is pleased to be supporting this work. Click here to download the report. 

Grantees featured
The work of Foundation grantees Santropol Roulant and PLAN was recently featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Written by Tana Paddock and Warren Nilsson,  "Social Innovation from the Inside Out” provides insight into what enables some organizations to excel at developing new ideas and practices, and  internal culture and connectedness. Read the article here.

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Happy Holidays to all of our colleagues, grantees and partners!
Please see below for news from grantees and programs of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Early Childhood
Development Innovation Fund
The Foundation is joining with the Government of Manitoba to establish an Early Childhood Development Innovation Fund, the first of its kind in Canada.

Designed and implemented in partnership with United Way of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, and the Chamber of Commerce, the fund was launched with $500,000 investments from the Foundation and the provincial government. The fund will support the Boldness Project – a one-year process to develop a comprehensive approach to community renewal, focused on early child development. 
Click here to read more.
New Foundation Publication: Good Sport
The Foundation’s Sport for Development initiative drew upon sport’s ability to shape both individual character and communities at large. Over the years, this initiative supported hundreds of community-based sport projects; influenced the development of provincial and national sport policy; and promoted the skills development of community sport leaders. It is currently winding down.

Good Sport was written by award-winning author Silver Donald Cameron, and includes a foreword by Governor-General David Johnston. It is a compilation of stories that reflect the diversity of projects that took place in the Sport for Development initiative, from the participants’ perspectives. An enjoyable holiday read! Download the publication here.
Indigenous Partners, Not Prisoners
The Globe and Mail recently published an op-ed written by Erin Montour and Stephen Huddart of the Foundation. This editorial argues that Indigenous youth are poised to change their future, and that community organizations must establish meaningful relationships with them to help make that happen. The article cites the Foundation's recent publication, Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnership. Click here to read it.
 Sustainable Food Systems Network
Foundation grantee and partner Food Secure Canada held the second annual meeting of the Local Sustainable Food Systems Network in Montreal on
Nov. 25th - 27th. Food Secure Canada program manager Abra Brynne said
“it brought together an incredible and really productive mix of new and more experienced food actors. It was wonderful to hear the depth of conversation and to see genuine advances made in thinking and acting for sustainable food systems across Canada.” Resources and presentations from the meeting are available here.
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