September News
Indigenous Innovation: The Moose Hide Campaign
In 2011, during a father-daughter moose-hunting trip along BC’s Highway of Tears, Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven - members of the Carrier First Nation - were discussing the issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women, and what they could do to help. “What if we could invite men to wear a moose hide patch in recognition of the need to protect women and children from violence?” they wondered. Five years and 250,000 moose hide squares later, they are about to bring their successful Moose Hide Campaign from BC and Alberta to the national level. On the eve of its October 5 launch in Ottawa, Paul and Raven speak about the journey so far...    
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12 Lessons Learned: a visual reflection on a year of learning
During the summer we took stock of what we’d learned about philanthropy and social innovation over the previous 12 months. The result? 12 Lessons Learned a compilation of recent insights that have been distilled into graphic form by Adjacent Possibilities. We hope that by sharing them we can contribute to conversations and reflections about how change happens.
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The Canadian edition of the Skoll Global Challenge is now open
In partnership with the Skoll Centre and the Trico Charitable Foundation, the Foundation’s RECODE initiative is inviting Canadian post-secondary institutions to run the Canadian edition of The 2017 Global Challenge at their school. The Challenge helps students recognize that tackling challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. Schools must apply to participate by October 14.
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Second Indigenous Innovation Summit this November: sign up now
Join us at the second annual Indigenous Innovation Summit taking place in Edmonton, November 7-9. The summit, organized by the National Association of Friendship Centres, is designed by and for Indigenous people and non-Indigenous partners, and will bring together Canada’s leading social innovators, social entrepreneurs and Indigenous leaders for what promises to be a landmark gathering. The event will feature authors Joseph Boyden, Tomson Highway, and other remarkable speakers, in a unique interactive format.
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Q. What if public accounting rules allowed investments in evidence-based social programs to be amortized?
A. Governments could flow a lot more money into prevention and early intervention programs!
“Investing in social programs improves social conditions and, as a consequence, improves people’s lives. That’s fairly obvious. What hasn’t always been as obvious is that such social spending doesn’t come at the cost of economic growth. There is increasing recognition that investing in human beings produces a positive return on investment. (...) Social spending can be a powerful economic stimulus that results in happier, healthier people. If this is the case, why don’t we invest more in improving social outcomes?” 

In an article published in the Globe and Mail, McConnell Senior Fellow James Hughes and Upstream Founder Dr. Ryan Meili make the case that the Public Sector Accounting Board should allow the amortization of expenditures on evidence-based social programs to be reflected in public accounts.
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Resetting the table: A national food assembly
Food Secure Canada, Canada’s national network of local food advocates, chefs, academics, and social enterprises - and an important voice on the future of food - is holding its ninth annual national assembly in Toronto from October 13-16. The three-day event, titled Resetting the Table, will feature over 50 skill-building workshops, tours, keynotes and networking sessions. The Foundation's Sustainable Food Systems team will be hosting several workshops at the event.
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Changing the role of Healthcare Foodservice
On October 13, the Foundation’s Nourish team will be co-hosting the Getting to an Abundance Mindset in Healthcare Food Service workshop that tackles the question: How can we achieve a mindset of abundance, to harness the potential of healthcare food in patient care and community wellness? And what are the narratives that need to shift to support the emergence of a more proactive, preventive culture that reconnects food and health? Getting to Abundance is a co-presentation of the RSD5 Symposium and Food Secure Canada's National Assembly.
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Maison de l’innovation sociale launches in Montreal
The Foundation was pleased to join lead partner the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation for the announcement of a new social innovation centre to be established in Montreal. The Maison de l’innovation sociale (MIS) will provide a working and meeting place for entrepreneurs, citizens, academics, students, technology experts and investors from across Quebec, to maximize the collective impact of initiatives for equitable and sustainable development.
Drawing on existing achievements in the field, the MIS will provide access to several special services: a reference centre linking to experts and potential mentors in accounting, law, technology and more; a social innovation ‘generator’, where people from all fields will brainstorm new open innovation ideas; and a research lab.
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Here are some of our favourite blogs from the past few months.
Who gets to decide the Future of Food?
Nick Saul, President & CEO of Community Food Centres Canada is optimistic about the future of food, “despite, even, the end-is-nigh portent of chicken-flavoured nail polish”.
Major step for social enterprise in Canada:
Federal Government launches social enterprise directory

David LePage of Accelerating Social Impact CCC on what the Federal Government’s newly minted definition of social enterprise means for social entrepreneurs.  
The round-up: the dark and light of Future Food
The Foundation’s Sustainable Food Systems director, Beth Hunter, wraps up our Future Food series with some dark and light predictions for the future of our food systems.  
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Community News  
The Prime Minister’s Youth Council
The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Minister of Youth, is seeking applicants for the first Prime Minister’s Youth Council. Approximately 30 youth from across Canada will meet directly with the Prime Minister several times a year to provide non-partisan advice on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate and clean growth, and many others.
RECODE HackED seeking Campus Leaders
HackED – a RECODE initiative encouraging grassroots innovation in Canadian higher education – is currently recruiting campus leaders from students across the country. The leaders will help launch, organize, and promote HackED events and initiatives. Participants will learn more about leadership and innovation – and play a leading role in a movement happening across the country.
Innoweave workshops
Are you a community organization interested in social innovation and in enhancing your organization’s capacity for impact? Innoweave will be hosting 22 accelerators, webinars, and workshops this including:
Wondering how Innoweave’s workshops can help your organization? Read Foundation grantee Santropol Roulant’s reflections on the Impact and Strategic Clarity module.
New Resources 
The Beef with Beef

Beef is often given a hard time when it comes to the impact of its GHG emissions. In this article, Foundation grantee, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, takes a closer look at the beef with beef, and examines some possible ecofiscal solutions.
The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience
A new report from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food outlines the critical need to enhance agricultural biodiversity to ensure a future that protects and improves resilient seed systems.
Networked change: How progressive campaigns are won in
the 21st century.

A new report from NetChange Consulting maps out the strategies and practices that made today’s most successful advocacy campaigns work and provides practical insights for organizations of all sizes to integrate into their campaigns.
Warrior Lawyers: from Manilla to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth
In more than 180 countries around the world, citizens are legally entitled to air, water, and food, the essentials of life. And in some countries, Mother Nature herself has legal rights.... But not in Canada or the United States. In Warrior Lawyers, a new book by long-time Foundation partner, Silver Donald Cameron, courageous and dedicated lawyers from nine countries tell their own stories of trail-blazing lawsuits that have transformed nations and changed history. The book accompanies Green Rights, a new film about the human right to a healthy environment.
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