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Food Business Coaching Grants
The Foundation is offering coaching grants to local and sustainable food organizations to engage a coach or advisor to support business development. The grants, which cover a year of activity, are part of the Food Business Boot Camp program coordinated by Food Secure Canada. Click here for details.

Farms to Cafeteria Canada Report

According to a new report released by Foundation grantee Farm to Cafeteria Canada, activity to bring healthy, local and sustainable foods into public agencies is growing in almost every province and territory in Canada. The report Local Foods: Canadian Schools, Campuses, and Health Care Facilities Speak Up (2013) is the first Canadian survey of its kind. Click here to read the report.

A Festival of Food Ideas
On Tuesday November 26th in Montreal's Parc La Fontaine Food Secure Canada presents A Festival of Food Ideas which will highlight some of the amazing food work from across the country, with food leaders Laure Waridel, Nick Saul, Debbie Field, Isabelle St Germain and many more. The evening will focus not only on what is wrong with the food system, but how we can fix it. Click here for more information.

Wapikoni Mobile’s 2013 Short Films Now Available
Wapikoni Mobile, a Foundation grantee, recently premiered several short films created by young indigenous filmmakers. Wapikoni is a Foundation grantee that gives isolated indigenous youth a voice through video and music. Check out the best films of 2013 here.

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New Publication: Leading Together
The Foundation is pleased to present Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnerships, produced in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights and the Tyee Solutions Society. Click here for details.
This publication profiles promising approaches to partnership between non-profit organizations and indigenous youth. Written by emerging and established indigenous and non-indigenous journalists, each article depicts a different partnership, with a focus on what worked, what didn't, and lessons learned. The publication was launched at the recent All My Relations Gathering, hosted by the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Click here to download the publication, and here to see accompanying videos. You can also view individual pieces online on The Tyee, SpeakJHR, and Wataway News sites.
JUMP Math in the News
Grantee JUMP Math has been making headlines. The October issue of Scientific American Mind contained an article by founder John Mighton. It cites a randomized controlled study funded by the Foundation – showing that students progress twice as fast when using JUMP as they do when taught by conventional means.
As math scores decline across the country, JUMP is experiencing increased demand for its program. Check out Scientific American Mind’s podcast and article, as well as articles in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.

Innoweave Update
Innoweave has reopened its Implementation Grants, which help organizations secure coaching to implement the tools and strategies outlined in the Cloud Computing, Developmental Evaluation, Social Enterprise, and Social Finance modules on the Innoweave platform.
“Our team just completed a social enterprise workshop, which gave us a good sense of the steps we need to take to develop and launch a social enterprise,” says Christopher Sutton, Manager, Fund Development for the Canadian Hearing Society. “A subsidy will be helpful as we move forward with our idea.”
Applications are due January 6th, 2014. For more information, click here.
Voices From the Field III in Translation
Dynamo Collectivo is releasing a French translation of Voices From the Field III, a look at 20 years of community change using an approach called the comprehensive community initiative.
The book was originally published by the Aspen Institute of Colorado. Lead author Anne Kubisch has visited Quebec several times, and the method has been adopted by a number of organizations – including Dynamo, whose Jongler avec la complexité initiative was supported by the Foundation. Click here for more info.
Job Posting:
Director, Strategic Communications
The Foundation is hiring a Director of Strategic Communications to help integrate a range of communications approaches with its grants and initiatives. Based out of Montreal, this mid-career level professional will lead the Foundation's communication portfolio, which includes overseeing communications activities, writing communication pieces, managing media relations, and contributing to organizational planning. Click here for more information.
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