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The Importance of Treaty Training for Indigenous Youth

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There is an increasing knowledge gap between emerging Indigenous leaders and the treaty negotiators who came before them — a gap that can be hard to close due to a culture of oral knowledge sharing and the situational nuances that can play out in negotiations. How can we bridge the gap between those with lived experience and those who have grown up with treaties already in place?

Inclusion on the Court: What the NBA Can Teach Us About Relative Privilege

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The Raptors locked down Canada’s first National Basketball Association win last week, to raucous celebration across the country. While we continue to celebrate the win, Amy Ge — of the equity-focused consulting firm Feminuity — takes a minute to unpack recent issues of inclusion and privilege on both the basketball court and the football pitch and explores how sport strengthens inclusion in communities.

How Can Organizations Across Canada Share Data With One Another?

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In fraught and fast-changing times with insecurity in work, climate, and food systems, there is a need to make decisions rooted in evidence that is effective and robust. Crowdsourcing reduces the overhead and effort required to stay on top of policy and movements happening across the country. Join the crowd.

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Building an Inclusive Open Government

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With an increase in access to technology, there’s a growing movement for democratizing access to data. Part of that shift has been a call for open government — making government data more accessible and involving citizens in decision-making. To explore the benefits of open government to the world of social impact, we sat down with five passionate public servants leading this work.

3 Ways the Canadian Justice System is Failing Women (& How We Address It)

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As cultural perspectives shift, so do a country's expectations of its governance and systems — so it's not entirely surprising that in July, Canada’s federal government announced nearly $2 million in funding to help advance gender equality in Canada’s justice system. But exactly where is that inequality showing up most, and how are national women’s organizations tackling these issues?

What’s a Community Bond, Anyway?

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Thanks to ever-changing political environments and limiting restrictions imposed on nonprofits by funding bodies, the ability of non-profit organizations to grow and secure their long-term is often hampered. One solution? Community bonds present an opportunity for organizations to leverage the power of their community to fund projects that can have a big impact, even beyond real estate usefulness. Christopher Trotman of Tapestry Community Capital gives us a primer on the impact investing tool.

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Why We Need Co-ops in 2019

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Platform businesses are not necessarily the financial success that their market valuations suggest, even if they have a dedicated community who use them. Now, however, networks of like-minded people and organizations are emerging to accelerate a first wave of digital co-operative enterprises.

3 Ways to Start Integrating Accessibility into Your Workplace (& Life)

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Canada's federal government has made significant moves to support individuals with lived experience of disability in recent months — from passing the Accessible Canada Act to investing in AccessNow, an app that maps accessible locations across the country. But how can Canadians be better advocates for accessibility on an individual level?

The Changes That Artificial Intelligence Will Bring to the Social Sector

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When we speak about AI, we’re not talking about some far-off future. AI has already fully arrived both in Canada and around the world, and it is already impacting society — from the way we feed our familiies down to the way crisis line workers do their jobs. James Stauch and Alina Turner continue their series on AI and social impact.

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