Episode 1: Decolonizing Wealth with Edgar Villanueva

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Why It Matters

The world of philanthropy suffers from the same colonial structures and deep, systemic issues that affect the rest of the world around us. To truly effect change, we need to heal philanthropy from within.

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?

How Can We Decolonize Impact Investing?

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Over the last two years, impact investing in Canada has grown by a massive 81 percent, with $14.75 billion now invested in purpose-driven solutions. But according to Jeff Cyr, of Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, there's one big problem with traditional impact investing: its lack of Indigenous inclusion. We caught up with him to learn how we can decolonize social finance.

How blockchain is saving Lake Winnipeg

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Buzzwords are becoming action. Blockchain technology is demonstrating that in a country tackling complicated, cross-jurisdictional problems such as water governance, there are open, grassroots, and transparent platforms that can help. This is just the beginning.

Innovation Policy Needs, Er, Some Innovation

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If society wants innovation to tackle major social and environmental challenges, we need to proactively shape innovation policy to accomplish those goals. However, Canada's bifurcated social innovation and mainstream innovation approach lags behind its international peers for building bold mission-oriented interventions our circumstances require.

Who Gets To Own The Future?

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Critical questions for impact-focused organizations: How do we talk about the future in vulnerable contexts? How about in contexts where young people do not necessarily feel that they have full agency over their own destiny? What about spaces where Indigenous culture and history were overtaken by colonial markers of progress? Here are some things to reflect upon, right now.