• Manitoba,  Social Innovation

    SI Canada’s Manitoba Hub Partners with Red River College’s Indigenous Social Innovation Program to Support Indigenous-led Two Day Gathering

    On April 25th and 26th, Social Innovation Canada’s Manitoba Hub partnered with Red River College’s Indigenous Social Innovation program to support an Indigenous-led two day gathering, titled “Pathways to Economic Reconciliation: Is Social Entrepreneurship a step forward?” Over 80 people attending, including Indigenous high school students from both urban and Northern Indigenous communities, student’s of Red River College’s Indigenous Social Innovation program, social economy leaders and government for a full day of ceremony followed by a one-day social hack-a-thon to answer some of today’s most pressing issues in indigenous communities. Conversations focused on four key areas: How can we make housing more affordable and sustainable in our communities? How can…

  • Manitoba,  Social Innovation

    CCEDNet Manitoba and SI Canada Winnipeg node Social Enterprise Centre Team Up to Prep for SISF Funding Opportunities

    This Spring, CCEDNet Manitoba and Social Innovation Canada’s Winnipeg node: Social Enterprise Centre, are working together to explore how their region can meet the emerging opportunities of the federal Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. One thing they’ve already heard loud and clear is that the emerging language and practice of social innovation and social finance isn’t very familiar locally. So, they’ve developed a series of events to offer a range of topics and capacity building sessions to help local practitioners find their fit in this emerging framework. Kalen Taylor, the Executive Director of Purpose Construction and SI Canada’s Winnipeg node says, ” we formally launched our Springboard into Social…

  • Alberta,  Atlantic Canada,  British Columbia,  Indigenous,  Manitoba,  Ontario,  Quebec,  Social Innovation,  Social R&D

    Important Moments for Canadian Social Innovation in 2018

    This was a important year for social innovation in Canada. The biggest news is probably that the federal government announced an $805M investment in social innovation, the importance of which can not be overstated. But that funding exists because Canada has already become a global leader in social innovation, thanks to work being done from coast to coast by social innovators and organizations everywhere. As we begin this new year, we’re looking back on some of the important moments and learnings from 2018 that will help shape the year ahead.   The Social Innovation and Social Finance Committee Releases Their Policy Report A 17-person committee appointed by ESDC from government…

  • Manitoba,  Social Innovation

    The SEC’s post office beginnings

    What we call the Social Enterprise Centre started out as Canadian Pacific Railway Post Office Postal Station A building at 765 Main Street. Most people think of travel or transporting goods when they think of the railway, but one of the most important roles it played was mail delivery. Built in 1924, Postal Station A was an important part of the nationwide mail system. Mail received from across the country, as well as from folks in Winnipeg, was sorted and sent out through this building. The building also included a section called Immigration hall, which was demolished some time after 1969, leaving the structure as we see it today. Mail by…