Taught by the land: Canadian Roots Exchange shares how land-based education empowers Indigenous youth across Canada

Why It Matters

High transportation costs and urbanization are just a few barriers that keep Indigenous youth from connecting to the land. Land-based education plays a huge role in not only lowering these barriers for youth, but also teaching them how to build a relationship with the environment and protect it.

Largest private donation in B.C. Parks Foundation’s history could signal larger shift in philanthropy

Why It Matters

Canada’s remaining wilderness needs greater protection. A $100 million donation will protect more land in British Columbia – but it could also change how business leaders choose to preserve their legacies. Right now, only an estimated 3 per cent of charitable donations benefit the environment.

Rates of violence spike during heat waves. Are community services prepared for a hotter world?

Why It Matters

Extreme heat is a major cause of climate-related illnesses and deaths, but its link to gender-based violence is largely overlooked. With climate change creating more heat waves, more assaults could happen in the coming years.

Full video: An in-depth conversation with the authors of Sacred Civics

Why It Matters

Cities are facing a reckoning post-pandemic — the ways they are designed have pushed communities further into the margins than ever before. These authors argue it’s imperative to put humanity, spirituality, and a connection to nature back at the centre of urban design.

“Hospicing the old world”: An in-depth conversation with the authors of Sacred Civics

Why It Matters

Cities are facing a reckoning post-pandemic — the ways they are designed have pushed communities further into the margins than ever before. These authors argue it’s imperative to put humanity, spirituality, and a connection to nature back at the centre of urban design.

Hundreds of churches across Canada could be converted into social purpose real estate — here’s how one foundation is making it happen

Why It Matters

Many of Canada’s 27,000 faith buildings are in danger of closing thanks to rising commercial rents, shrinking congregations, and demographic changes. Meanwhile, social impact organizations often lack affordable spaces to run community services.