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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

    We wish to express gratitude to all our partners and shine a light on:   First Nations Technology Council   Centre for First Nations Governance    Keepers of the Water   The Circle on Philanthropy    Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!

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First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission spotlight

To mark 20 years of the McConnell Foundation partnering to forward reconciliation work, we wish to honour our partners through the Reconciliation through the seasons spotlight series. On National Indigenous Peoples Day, we present the second edition. The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission (FNQLEDC) The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador […]

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McConnell commits $30M in capital transfers to Indigenous-led foundations

In March 2023 the McConnell Foundation celebrated 20 years of work in reconciliation, collaborating with Indigenous partners. As we mark this milestone, McConnell is moving forward with a $30 M capital transfer to community-focused Indigenous-led foundations, beginning with a transfer of $10 M to the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF).  This decision is an opportunity to shift […]

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June 2023 Newsletter

View the June newsletter to find out about: Our most recent partners, National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, Our net-zero carbon action plan, An update on our 2022 impact investments, Climate news, Financing opportunities. Read the newsletter

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Impact Investing update 2022

Last year was a period of reflecting, recommitting and re-envisioning for the McConnell investment team, together with its partners and many members of the sector. Our full annual impact report will be published in the fall of 2023 with a revised format, including an overview of our new impact targets and management approach that we […]

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The path to net-zero carbon: Our action plan

Acting on the net-zero carbon imperative For decades, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that to avoid catastrophic climate-related risks to our natural and physical environment, we must limit the global rise in temperatures to no more than 1.5°C above the pre-industrial era. In its most recent report in 2023, […]

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National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations 2023

Activities across Turtle Island to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day:   Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Mawita’jik Competition Pow Wow on June 23-25 Montreal – outdoor concerts begin at 3 p.m. on June 21 at Cabot Square Ottawa – join the Summer Solstice Festival celebration starting June 21at 4 p.m. Toronto – join the Annual Sunrise Ceremony on […]

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Updating our Communities funding strategy

We are pleased to share that we have updated the strategy for our Communities focus area. Going forward, we aim to support community resilience through amplifying the leadership of equity-deserving groups to address systemic barriers to economic and social justice   Supporting healthy, resilient communities has been central to the McConnell Foundation since our founding in […]

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New Emergency Fund and SIF Granting Stream in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis brings unique new demands on the charitable sector. Part of the McConnell Foundation’s response is to join with others in calling for an increase in charitable disbursements for 2020 to 5% (up from the 3.5% required by the CRA) and to propose a Sector Stabilization Fund.  Today the Foundation is announcing two […]

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Area One Farms — Keeping the farm in the family

Area One Farms operates private equity funds in the Canadian farmland sector. They partner with established farm operators to acquire off-market farmland, enabling family farms to expand and improve their financial returns while incorporating sustainable practices. This interview with CEO and Founder, Joelle Faulkner, has been edited for length and clarity. Walk us through the […]

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