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CSI Network News: How First Nations are closing the digital divide



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British Columbia First Nation addresses digital divide

Across Canada, rural and remote First Nations face a significant digital divide. In the context of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities in Canada, the digital divide refers to the unequal distribution in access, use of, or impact of broadband connectivity and digital and communications technologies that exist between many Indigenous communities (especially in rural and northern areas), and urban and southern communities.

To address this challenge, some communities are working towards a variety of innovative, locally driven broadband development initiatives. Among them is Klemtu, a remote First Nation village of 500 people nestled in a small harbour along the shores of Swindle Island in British Columbia that is only accessible by boat or float-plane.

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How Are You, Really? A Call to the Community

As social changemakers, we place a lot of responsibility on ourselves to do more and respond more urgently during moments of crisis. At CSI, we say, “It’s up to us.” And while that remains true, it’s important to acknowledge that working amid uncertainty, grief, loss, and isolation whilst balancing the needs of relationships, home, and financial pressures can take a significant toll on our mental health. Burnout, and it’s more conversational counterpart, screen fatigue, are real. If you’re feeling exhausted, you’re not alone. We see you.

So, as Mental Health Week comes to a close, it’s a great reminder to check in, especially given the state of the world – and to acknowledge that support doesn’t stop once the week ends.


CSI Educates


Online Social Entrepreneurship 101 presented by the Centre for Social Innovation and Alterna Savings

Social Entrepreneurship 101 is back! Whether you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur or looking to innovate within your organization, we’ll help you brush up existing skills, learn new competencies, and understand how to begin putting your ideas into practice.

Join us for this 8-week, part-time online program that covers the foundations of social entrepreneurship. Five scholarships are available — apply by May 23.

CSI Connects


How to be a Mentor with the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) Experiential Learning

How to Be a Mentor with OCAD Experiential Learning
Wednesday, May 12, 12:30 – 1:15 PM ET
Learn how you can join OCAD’s network of industry and community partners mentoring students and how a placement might benefit your organization.

Climate Ventures Conversations: Nicole Rycroft of Canopy
Thursday, May 20, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
We’re speaking with Nicole Rycroft, founder of environmental not-for-profit Canopy and winner of the US$3M 2020 Climate Breakthrough Award, about the partnerships, innovations, and solutions that are protecting our forests.


Want to get your events on our events calendar? Find out what membership could look like for you!


Your five-step marketing plan and where to focus first.

5 Steps to Build a Better Marketing Plan
Tuesday, May 18, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Are you overwhelmed at the thought of a marketing plan? Or maybe the plans you make never really impact what you actually do? Join CSI Member Carolyn Bergshoeff of WindWater Marketing for a practical workshop on building a marketing plan that works for you.

Greg Ioannou

Editor-in-Residence: Traditional, Self-Publishing or Hybrid?
Thursday, May 13, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET
There are now a lot of different ways to get a book published. CSI Member Greg Ioannou will walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each method.


How Traditional Design Thinking Protects White Supremacy

How Traditional Design Thinking Protects White Supremacy
Tuesday, May 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM ET
Define white supremacy and how it shows up beyond overt acts of hatred, explore how white supremacy is upheld in the ideologies and practices of “traditional” design thinking, and examine how we might shift design mindsets.


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Three Ways to Boost the Changemaking Power of Grants
Thursday, May 20, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Learn about and reframe three misperceptions that limit the power of grants, and hear examples of how a new mindset will lead to more impactful programs and more competitive funding requests.


Ornamentum Fall/Winter 2020 Magazine Cover

Ornamentum Magazine – 15th Anniversary Panel Discussion
Sunday, May 23, 3:00 PM ET
Re-experience what it was like to create a new magazine, discover the latest trends in the decorative arts field, and learn about what the panelists are working on.



Job Board

Want to post your opportunities to our job board? Find out what membership could look like for you!

Director, Community Impact | Toronto Foundation
Deadline: May 14, 5:00 PM ET
Are you a creative producer, changemaker, and bridge-builder? Does your leadership journey in philanthropy cross issues, functions, sectors, and communities? This role could be for you.

Research and Data Collection Specialist, Digital Media and Communications Specialist | Birth Mark
Deadline: May 14
CSI Member Birth Mark is expanding their team! Both of these jobs are offered under the Canada Summer Jobs Grant, so you must be between 15-30 years old to apply.

Bilingual Communications and Engagement Specialist | CSI Institute
Deadline: May 31
We’ve extended the deadline to apply to this role with SI Canada, an initiative of the CSI Institute (CSI’s affiliated charity). Help shape this national initiative!

Network Coordinator, Board of Directors | Faith & The Common Good
Deadline: Rolling
This longtime CSI Member is looking for a Network Coordinator to support the organization’s operations and maintain network resources. They’re also seeking to fill two positions on their Board of Directors.

Junior Digital Marketing Account Manager | ConnectAd
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI Member is looking for a Junior Digital Marketing Account Manager to join their tight-knit team. Under the direction of a Senior Account Manager, you will work on a variety of nonprofit accounts, where you can help make a difference to meaningful causes.


Go For It

CSI Member Apathy is Boring is looking for youth aged 18-30 to join the next cohort of RISE Ambassadors: “Resilient Cities.” From accessibility to arts to infrastructure and green spaces to civic engagement, resilient cities are about developing spaces, activities, and initiatives that can lead local communities to thrive. Deadline: May 23

Applications for the League of Innovators’ Labs virtual accelerator for youth-led startups building tomorrow’s businesses in a diverse set of industries are open! Deadline: July 5

As Seen At CSI


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Last week, you read about a transformative learning institution based in CSI Annex. Here’s a snap of CaST’s film and video students exploring lighting techniques in The Garage.

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