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Winnipeg Boldness Project
Get to know more about this project that has been developed with support from the Foundation. The latest video provides an overview of how a diverse group of stakeholders  are working together in the inner city neighbourhood of Point Douglas in Winnipeg to create positive outcomes for children and families. 
Click here to watch the video.
RECODE Webinar: Creating the conditions for change
On June 3, RECODE hosted the webinar Creating the Conditions for Change: Lessons and Resources. The webinar shared a host of resources on how to create the conditions for change, including a suite of tools and guides from SiG@MaRS, Social Innovation for Complex problems and more.
Click here to download the presentation deck.
ÉTS École de l'innovation citoyenne
in Paris
RECODE partner, L’École de l’innovation citoyenne de l’ÉTS (EIC) was invited to participate  in the Salon Innovatives 2015 conference, June 16 & 17, hosted by the prestigious Centre national de la recherche scientifique, based in Paris. The ÉIC was part of a delegation showcasing social innovation projects in Québec.
Click here to learn more about the École de l’innovation citoyenne
RECODE: Social innovation for complex problems MOOC
A new resource
for social innovators!

The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), housed at the University of Waterloo, recently launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Social innovation for complex problems.
Click here to learn more or to enroll.
Seven Words for Design
Tony Salvador, director of Experience Insights Research at Intel, a RECODE partner, recently released a new publication, Seven Words For Design, a series of personal essays and design challenges oriented around seven words: Belong, Care, Work, Transform, Choose, Listen, and Believe.
Staff News
We are pleased to welcome the following new team member:

Mali Bain
WellAhead Provincial Lead - British Columbia

A former secondary school teacher, Mali understands first-hand the challenges and opportunities schools face in advancing integrated approaches to wellbeing in schools. Mali has spent the last few years working at UBC on communities of practice and community partnerships. Mali’s role will be to lead the design, implementation and operations of WellAhead in British Columbia.
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For SOCIAL INNOVATION resources and materials, visit the SiG Knowledge Hub.
June News
Social Innovation Lab Guide
On June 19, longtime Foundation partner, Frances Westley, and the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) published the Social Innovation Lab Guide. It was produced with support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, with  input from leading experts on social innovation around the world. It includes a prologue by Joeri van den Steenhoven, director of the MaRS Solutions Lab, which ran two prototype labs to test and refine the model.
Social innovation priciples are now embedded in all Foundation activities, testimony to the importance of this approach in tackling complex social problems.
Click here to download the Social Innovation Lab Guide. 
New report:
Food, Farms, Fish and Finance
The Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its new report, Food, Farms, Fish and Finance: Practical impact investment strategies to seed and sustain local food systems. Based on over 80 interviews, this report identifies some of the major challenges in the Canadian food system – for farmers, entrepreneurs, investors and sustainable food interveners – that are being overcome, or still need to be overcome, in order to provide more local and sustainable food. The report also identities opportunities for impact investors. Click here to read the full report.
Tapping millions in postsecondary education funding for Aboriginal youth
Millions of dollars in federal funding for postsecondary education are currently going unclaimed by Aboriginal families. That’s why the Foundation, the National Association of Friendship Centres, and several other non-profit organizations, academic institutions, private and community foundations and financial institutions have partnered to encourage participation in the Canada Learning Bond among Aboriginal people in Canada. The Bond is offered by the federal government and gives low-income families an opportunity to start saving for their children’s post-secondary education through a Registered Education Savings Plan.
Click here to learn more.
Canada Social Report
On June 16, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation and the Ontario Government, launched the Canada Social Report, a “living” web-based document that provides social data and information on social programs. The report addresses two serious problems: the loss of key sources of social statistics, and the need for more accessible social policy information in Canada.
Click here to view the interactive report
New report from Environmental Defence 
The Dirty Truth – How Toxic Cleaning Products Are Putting Canadians At Risk, a first-of-its-kind study by Foundation grantee, Environmental Defence, finds that the use of daily cleaning products adds to indoor air pollution. The study tested the impact of cleaning products on indoor air quality and found that levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems such as asthma – went up higher than recommended levels during cleaning. Click here to read the report.
National campaign to end violence against Aboriginal women and girls
The National Association of Friendship Centres recently launched Action for Women, a national campaign to end violence against Indigenous women and girls. Action for Women will provide information, resources and support to empower Indigenous women and girls; engage men, families and communities to change behaviours that lead to violence; engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous men across Canada to understand their responsibilities; and work together with new organizations to end violence.
Innoweave update
This fall, Innoweave has confirmed more than 20 in-person and web-based opportunities to help organizations generate large-scale change and find new ways to achieve impact. Engagement sessions, webinars, and workshops will be taking place across the country for their Impact and Strategic ClarityCollective Impact (including Youth CI), Scaling ImpactSocial EnterpriseCloud Computing, and Developmental Evaluation modules. Visit the Innoweave Events page to learn more. 

Reminder: Innoweave is accepting applications for Implementation Funding until July 2. Organizations that have attended an Innoweave workshop and are clear on their impact goals are eligible to apply for funding to work with a coach. Visit their  website, or email for more information.
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