NMFCCC

COLLABORATORS & SUPPORTERS

Speak to the staff team at the NMFCCC. I don’t know of a group that is better connected and has deeper relations with communities in the north, that are able to help foster those connections, but also to bring people together and to share that knowledge. I think one of the best ways to invest in Northern Communities is through the Collaborative.

Sarah Stern,
Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security

Photo: Peguis First Nation 2019 Learning Trip

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Collaborators & Supporters

Collaborators are much more than funders. They are committed partners who believe and participate in a strong support network for community-led work. Collaborators take part in personal and organizational learning and unlearning. They provide guidance and contribute to consensus-based decision-making. They listen deeply and share what they have learned with other organizations and governments. Their commitment and reciprocity creates strong relationships throughout NMFCCC.

There are four anonymous donors sitting at the NMFCCC table who contribute funding, network
supports, and participates in learning opportunities throughout the year.

The Arrell Family Foundation’s mission is to improve human and planetary health through food. We have supported NMFCCC for several years as we have much confidence in its collaborative approach to improving access to healthy foods and the development of resilient local economies.

Laura Arrell

Laura Arrell

MANAGING DIRECTOR

The Definity Insurance Foundation is a national philanthropic organization that works with charitable partners across Canada to address barriers to good health, socio-economic opportunity, and climate-related challenges by supporting solutions that focus on the roots and impacts of inequality. Anchored by our values of community, justice, and integrity, we proactively seek partnerships built on relationship. By partnering with NMFCCC, together we advance community-led solutions that address systemic barriers, with a particular focus on those faced by Indigenous communities. Being invited into the collaborative allows us to listen to communities disproportionately impacted by barriers and energize collective power to move toward a more just and equitably society.

Arti Freeman

Arti Freeman

Chief Executive Officer

Abby Wong

Abby Wong

Operations and Grant Administration Manager

Tamer Ibrahim

Tamer Ibrahim

Granting Director

The Donner Canadian Foundation supports organizations across Canada and believes that it has a responsibility to build respectful and reciprocal relationships with Indigenous peoples. In our work, we aspire to uphold the core values of trust, patience, respect, honesty, clarity, understanding, communication, presence, transparency, flexibility, and reciprocity.

The foundation is honoured to be a member of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative and to have the opportunity to listen and learn from NMFCCC’s staff, advisors, and community partners. We’re excited to be collaborating to support community- developed initiatives that promote food security, community health, community economic development, and environmental sustainability.

Karine Parvin

Karine Parvin

Program Officer

We at Harbinger are so inspired with the determination of northern peoples to be self-sufficient and to recover from years of damage due to colonization. Sometimes a little support from outside funders, at the right time, with the right leaders, enables positive change. We have learned as funders that it is not about the money – it is more about the relationships which involves listening and respect.

The Lawson Foundation is a Canadian family foundation that invests in and engages with ideas, people and organizations that contribute to the healthy development of children and youth. We invest in four inter-related strategic areas that we believe will have a significant impact on the healthy, optimal development of children and youth:  Early Child Development, Outdoor Play, Child and Youth Diabetes including food security and independence; and Youth Action and the Environment. In addition to these primary areas of focus, we also support initiatives that strengthen philanthropy and support the charitable sector.

The Lawson Foundation has three broad means of supporting the work of Canadian registered charities in our areas of interest.

 

  • GRANTING: We provide grants to charities for activities including community action, knowledge mobilization, monitoring, leadership, public policy, knowledge development, capacity building, evaluation and learning.
  • CONVENING:  We act as a convenor and connector to create bridges and conversations by bringing leaders and organizations together to share knowledge and learn from one another;
  • IMPACT INVESTING: We seek to use our broader financial resources to achieve both a social/environmental and a financial return and to support initiatives in an innovative and complementary way. 

MakeWay (formerly Tides Canada) is a national charity that builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together. MakeWay is a member of the NMFCCC and the administrative host. We provide human resources and communications support, legal oversight, and fund development while linking and promoting this work through our networks and donor communities. We participate in the NMFCCC because we believe in the power of collective action, the wisdom of communities and the need for reconciliation in Canada. It is a privilege to learn with the partner organizations, the Northern Advisors and the communities.

KeunWoo Lee

KeunWoo Lee

BUSINESS ANALYST

The Maple Leaf Centre for Food Security (“the Centre”) is a registered charity committed to working collaboratively with non-profit and charitable organizations, the private sector, and governments with the goal of reducing food insecurity by 50% by 2030. The Centre works to raise awareness of this pressing social issue, advocates for critical policy changes and invests in scalable programs that seek to directly support people, households, and communities facing food insecurity. The Centre has been a proud collaborator with the NMFCCC since 2017. The Centre team and board, as well as Maple Leaf Foods team members, have been privileged to be able to learn from and with communities, other collaborators, and the Northern Advisors about what it takes to build food sovereignty and food security in Northern Manitoba.

Lynda Kuhn

Lynda Kuhn

SVP Global Government and Industry Relations

Sarah Stern

Sarah Stern

Executive Director

Merryn Maynard

Merryn Maynard

Manager, Social Impact

We recognize that creating enduring change takes time, and involves much more than granting, including strategic convening across sectors, and solutions finance. The Foundation is working under three focus areas: climate, reconciliation and communities. We’re especially interested in the NMFCCC because of the way that it combines community development including in indigenous communities, sustainable food and food security, health and social enterprise. We value the approach taken by the Collaborative and the opportunity it provides to learn with community partners.

Kelly Hodgins

Kelly Hodgins

(she/her) Program Manager McConnell Foundation

The Province of Manitoba is grateful for the opportunity to participate as a collaborative member. Our participation has enabled us to meet mutual goals of increasing access to healthy food and create opportunities for community economic development. We are looking forward to continued learning from the communities and from the diverse group of individuals who also participate in this important work

The Sprott Foundation is dedicated to addressing homelessness and hunger in Canada. We are proud to participate in NMFCCC’s work because the values and approach of the Collaborative are perfectly aligned with our mission to support initiatives that enable self-sufficiency and dignity in seeking food sovereignty. We are grateful for the opportunity to listen, learn, and unlearn with NMFCCC’s dedicated staff, caring supporters, northern advisors, and participating communities.

Juliana Sprott

Juliana Sprott

Chief Giving Officer

Megan Lorius

Megan Lorius

Managing Director

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