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Blog: More than the Poor Cousin

Tuesday
Oct312017

Rooted in resistance and embracing hybridity: Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve’s virtuous circles of community action and environmental stewardship

If you have ever heard of Canada’s Clayoquot Sound, it is most likely to have been in reference to the War in the Woods. During the late 80s and 90s, our region – which is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island – received national and international attention for resistance to the forest practices of the current day. The resistance began in our communities – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – and grew to attract supporters from across Canada and beyond. While the Clayoquot Blockades led to changes in the forest practice code in our region, this call from community voices to do things differently was also the beginning of our community foundation.

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Monday
Sep182017

What does it mean to be a resilient funder - and why does it matter more than ever? Guest blog from Global Greengrants

In January 2017, the Chinese government began requiring all not for profit foreign organizations, including foundations, to register in order to continue to operate in the country. Funders have responded by registering, leaving, or muddling through, waiting to see how the situation plays out.

Heavy-handed Chinese government? Perhaps. But China is not alone on this. Over the last two decades, dozens of countries around the world, of every political stripe, have slowly been squeezing the space for civil society to operate.

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