At MakeWay, our shared platform is home to over 60 projects based from coast to coast to coast. Initiatives benefit from the support of a mission-aligned community, charitable expertise, and shared resources, so they can focus on the work closest to their heart. Over the next few months, we’re sitting down with our shared platform projects to learn more about what they do. This week, we connected with the Ayalik Project to hear about their relationship with MakeWay, their source of inspiration, and the most recent paddling expedition they facilitated for young boys in the sub-arctic region north of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories! Where are you based? While we operate the administrative side of things remotely, the Ayalik Project has local liaison volunteers on the ground in several Nunavut communities, and has sent Nunavut Inuit youth to programs throughout...

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At MakeWay, our shared platform is home to over 60 projects based from coast to coast to coast. Initiatives benefit from the support of a mission-aligned community, charitable expertise, and shared resources, so they can focus on the work closest to their heart. Over the next few months, we’re sitting down with our shared platform projects to learn more about what they do. Recently, we connected with the Western Arctic Youth Collective! Read on to find out all about them. Where is your Project based? We are based in the Western Arctic region (the Beaufort Delta region) of the Northwest Territories. Our goal is to have a physical base in Inuvik to operate out of post-COVID-19. When was your Project founded and by whom? WAYC is created by Inuvialuit and Gwich’in youth, for youth with connections to the Beaufort Delta...

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Many grassroots and community-based initiatives struggle to drive real-world change while managing the demands of a stand alone charity. And so, MakeWay launched the shared platform model in Canada, one of the first of its kind. It takes a lot of hard work to create positive and lasting change. The precious time and energy available to changemakers should be spent on making it happen. With the shared platform, more time and money goes towards achieving greater impact as projects benefit from sharing important administrative resources and expertise. We host over 60 projects on our shared platform, all across Canada. Over the next few months, we'll be sitting down with each of them to find out more about what they do and how they work. This week, we touched base with Jake Miller, Director of Project Neutral, an initiative...

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Kira Young has lived on Great Slave Lake for most of her 14 years but doesn’t know much about it, scientifically. That’s about to change as she and six other students from across the N.W.T. embarked on a week-long science expedition Saturday aboard a research vessel to uncover some of the lake’s secrets.

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Up to 26 people living and working in the Downtown Eastside will gain new training to enhance their skills as recycling workers, thanks to new funding from the Government of British Columbia.

Binners’ Project will receive over $115,000 from WorkBC’s Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) Employer Sponsored Training program to deliver classroom training and practical experience to employees who are at risk of layoff.

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Many people wish for lower tax bills and more money in their bank accounts. But a group of young, rich Canadians want the federal government to tax them more.

About 200 wealthy people aged 18 to 40 belong to Resource Movement, an activist group that is expanding across Canada. Their mission is to reduce inequality between Canada’s wealthiest people and the rest of the population.

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In a remote camp in the Northwest territories, Melaw Nakehk’o documented her family passing time in isolation while the territory was in lockdown mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nakehk’o is an activist and Dene/Dënesųłiné artist, originally from Fort Simpson, N.W.T. She made her first Hollywood debut in 2015 when she played the character Powaqa in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant.

She’s also a recognized community leader and helped revive and teach moose hide tanning techniques, work which initiated a resurgence of the practice. As well, Nakehk’o is a founding member of Dene Nahjo.

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Working in teams, seven athletes swam and paddled 50 kilometres from Amherstburg to Leamington in under six hours for the Lake Erie Challenge. The Lake Erie Challenge is hosted annually in support of the Lake Erie Guardians and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.

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This article was originally published on Shopify on June 21st, 2020. Shopify believes in making commerce better for everyone, including reducing the barriers to starting a business and supporting more voices in entrepreneurship. For centuries, Indigenous peoples have confronted systemic racism and injustices, institutionally and otherwise. Over the last year, we've been developing our plans to build a global support system for Indigenous entrepreneurs, with the goal of enabling more Indigenous businesses to move online in 2020. To realize this mission, Shopify has partnered with Indigenous-led organizations in Turtle Island (Canada) and Aotearoa (New Zealand), including Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, EntrepreNorth, Te Whare Hukahuka, and Rise2025. Together with our partners, we will co-create locally and culturally relevant ecommerce education and provide participants in their communities with free access to our platform for 6-months. In addition, Shopify will...

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This article was written by Gordon McIntyre for The Province. It was published on June 18th, 2020. It has come a long way since it began in Vancouver in 2016, when winners collected a total of $116, 596 for their own pockets. This year that number was $285, 502. Binners put a record amount of money in their pockets this past fiscal year for a project that gives watie-pickers spare change and dignity. But how the coming year will fare with the challenges of COVID-19 remains to be seen, because Binners' Project relies to a large degree on collecting bottles and cans at large events such as the PNE and music festivals. "We had a record-braking year and it has been humbling to witness the incredible work the winners are doing in our community," said Landon Hoyt, director of...

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