10 partnerships making way for nature and communities thriving together: Our first year as MakeWay

A year ago, as we adjusted to a flurry of Zoom calls and working from home in June 2020, we launched our new name: MakeWay. While we couldn’t have the dance party we had originally envisioned, the new name has offered focus during a difficult year, and a clear call to action for us all to work together to make way for what’s possible. Today, we’re shining a light on 10 ways we’ve been able to support community-led transformation and systems change as MakeWay, and the partnerships that made this possible over the last year.   MakeWay and the Canadian Women’s Foundation launched a new strategic grantmaking program in service of women and girls in Canada’s territories and Inuit regions. So far the partnership has supported young girls and teens in Rankin Inlet through the Akpaliapik program...

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Honouring the children by moving to action

As details emerge and are shared from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory (Kamloops, B.C.)  around the world and within our communities, we want to share a message of compassion, and extra care, to breathe deep, and practice kindness for yourself and others. Our hearts are with families, friends, and loved ones of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and all Nations, mourning those lost to the Canadian Residential School System and generations who continue to suffer.

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Grassroots groups unite to connect more people with water issues: Code Blue campaign 2020

Water is life. It’s a simple fact of life we rely on everyday. Especially in British Columbia, where freshwater powers our towns and cities, grows our food, and provides our recreation.  In BC, and across Canada, the sources of our freshwater – our watersheds – are the envy of the world. However, our ability to go out and enjoy our waters so easily leads many Canadians to have a false sense of security. The truth is our waters, from our rivers to our wetlands, are experiencing unprecedented challenges. And when it comes to protecting this precious lifeline, it has been a challenge to rally public support and get everyone on the same page. “Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a disconnect between the community support we knew was out there for reforming water and watershed management,...

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Remembering Pegi Dover

For forty years, Pegi worked to make this planet a better place. MakeWay is grateful to have had a long history of partnership and friendships with Pegi over the years, through the Environmental Funders Network, with the Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative, and the Artic Funders Collaborative.

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Here’s what you need to know about CRA’s qualified donee status

Last week, the Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC) hosted a webinar to share learnings about qualified donee status, how to register with the CRA, and creating pathways to access charitable dollars. In 2014, the Government of Canada changed some of their guidelines regulating how charitable organizations could deliver money. Under the new regulations, if a community is not registered as a qualified donee performing a function of government, a charitable organization cannot grant to them. “2014 happened to be the first year that the NMFCCC was working together with communities in Northern Manitoba,” said NMFCCC’s Coordinator, Julie Price. “What we found was of all the communities that we were trying to work with, we could only grant directly to about two of them. We commit to never leaving anyone behind and never saying no because...

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Moving toward a regenerative economy: MakeWay team member Kim Hardy joins Integrated Capital Institute as a Fellow

Kim Hardy is Pacific Program Lead at MakeWay  – she works with funders, changemakers, and innovators to amplify community driven solutions across British Columbia. Currently, Kim is a Fellow at Integrated Capital Institute, hosted by RSF Social Finance, where financial activists are leveraging capital as a tool for positive change. The curriculum is grounded in the understanding that we live in an outdated economic system that perpetuates inequality and ecological harm. Fellows are seeking to learn from one another and find new ways to align economic interests with social equity and ecological integrity. We’ll touch base with Kim a few times over the course of her 9-month long Fellowship and explore how she’s bringing this learning to MakeWay (and vice versa!) Growing up in Snaw-Naw-As Territory on Central Vancouver Island, I remember well the War in...

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Moose Hide Campaign: a movement to end violence against women and children

Violence against women and children and violence against the land are intertwined, says Moose Hide Campaign co-founder Raven Lacerte. At MakeWay, everything we do centers around a common goal of helping nature and communities thrive together, because we believe that interconnection is crucial. That’s why we want to take a moment this month to talk about an initiative that’s encouraging all Canadians to take a stand and bring an end to violence against women and children. The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence toward women and children. Creation Story In 2011, Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven were hunting moose near Highway 16 in Northern British Columbia, a corridor also known as the Highway of Tears — a place where dozens of Indigenous...

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