Stories

A Collaborative Theory of Change: How we work is just as important as what we do

It began as a pilot in 2013 and became a fully-realized collaborative in 2014. An essential part of our journey as a Collaborative was documenting our methodology in a Theory of Change and describing our collective efforts and the community-led vision for change. Over the course of seven years, we’v

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Taking the Nawalakw Culture Project from Vision to Reality

Creating a connection with land and language is helping restore pride and dignity to First Nations youth, and creating economic opportunities for the local community. Partnerships with Sea to Cedar and MakeWay are facilitating the fast growth of this important project.

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Moore Foundation: Saving salmon runs and coastal rainforests in British Columbia

For almost 20 years, MakeWay has helped the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to fund impactful environmental action in Canada.

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A donor makes a remarkable gift

Toni Frisby passed away in 2017, age 60, leaving a generous – and surprise – gift to MakeWay in her estate. We talk to some of the people closest to her to learn more about the remarkable woman she was, and what might have inspired her generosity.

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Northern spirit of innovation is alive in EntrepreNorth’s first cohort

Handcrafted soaps made with bowhead whale oil, earrings adorned with dentalium shells and moosehide, and sage “smokeless smudge” spray inspired by traditional Dene medicine – these are just some of the products created by the nine Northerners that made up EntrepreNorth’s first ever cohort of entrepr

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Digital Justice Lab Builds a More Equitable Future

Q&A with The Digital Justice Lab’s Project Director Nasma Ahmed on their mission to build alternative digital futures, in Canada. By working alongside technologists, community activists, and policymakers to shape a better understanding of technology and its impact on communities across the country.

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The Dragonfly Fund: a story of strategic philanthropy for a toxic-free Canada

We talk to an anonymous donor of The Dragonfly Fund about her partnership with MakeWay and how she became involved in the issue of toxics in Canada.

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The NWT On The Land Collaborative brings together diverse partners to support programs that connect people and place

The Collaborative brings together diverse partners to support on the land programs, connecting people with their land, culture, and community.

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Mike Robbins: Ecotourism consultant and philanthropist

How can tourism be sustainable and empower local communities and their economies? We chat to Mike Robbins about how his work and giving back align.

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Powered by Data maximizes the availability and impact of data for public good

With a mission to maximize the availability and impact of data for the public good, Powered by Data blends data policy and data strategy to enable the social sector to better share, use, and learn from data.

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Together Project helps Government-Assisted Refugees find support

Together Project connects newcomers and Canadians for friendship and support as part of an effort to build stronger, more inclusive communities.

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Great Bear and MakeWay: An Uncommon Origin Story

MakeWay’s birthplace is one of the most unique places on Earth—the globally significant and biologically rich Great Bear Rainforest.

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Jane’s Walk: Staying local, going global

Jane’s Walk is one of the longest-running projects on MakeWay’s shared platform. It is a unique, citizen-powered movement that promotes informed participation in civic life through free, locally organized, walking tours.

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Interview: Jess Housty

Grantee partner Jess Housty shares her thoughts on leadership, indigenous stewardship, and how philanthropy can support First Nations.

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Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project: A unique platform for youth

What issues might Ontario’s Indigenous youth want to tackle if they had the resources? A question MakeWay asked the community as we worked together to grow projects that promote environmental, social, spiritual, and physical well-being.

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Eyes and ears on the Pacific Coast

The Coastal Stewardship Network supports local Guardian Watchmen programs led by First Nations communities on the North and Central Coast.

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Leonard Schein: Independent cinema founder and philanthropist

You may recognize Leonard Schein as the former owner of much-loved independent cinemas in Vancouver, including the Fifth Avenue Cinemas, the Park Theatre, and the Ridge Theatre.

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Inspiring a new generation of leaders in the North

Dene Nahjo is a new generation of leaders and community builders working to promote indigenous leadership.

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East Scarborough Storefront: Building community together

In East Scarborough, local residents and organizations have come together to build a thriving community in the face of adversity.

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Na-tas-kek: Reconnecting with mother earth

Amazing things can happen when people in communities rediscover their connections with each other and food.

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The food that binds us

MakeWay learning trip participants discover the food that is at the heart of two northern Manitoba communities.

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Fostering social innovation through shared spaces

In the heart of Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood on 585 Dundas Street, you’ll find the home of the Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park.

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Healing a Great Lake

Lake Erie Alive is facilitating a comprehensive and lasting solution to the lake’s harmful algal blooms via a collaborative, coordinated effort.

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Building knowledge, sense of belonging, through the Koeye River fish weir

We highlight an initiative that seeks to deepen our understanding of the Koeye River and the resources that it supports.

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