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CSI Network News: Reflecting on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s announcement



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Please note that the following contains material some may find triggering in regards to residential schools in Canada.

This month, the unmarked graves of 215 Indigenous children were discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. This is our shared Canadian history. How we choose to move forward will determine our present and future.

As a settler, I am devastated and ashamed of our history and I am committed to reconciliation and taking action to right the wrongs, heal the hearts, and to honour ‘all our relations.’

Support for Indigenous people must be active; without action, nothing will change and systemic discrimination will continue. In this newsletter, as always, we try to provide you with solutions and actions to get to systems change. In mourning, anger, and reflection, take this moment to look for the action you can take.

– Tonya Surman


Reflecting on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s Announcement 

Today is a day to reflect. Chief Rosanna Casimir of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation called for a National Day of Prayer. In Toronto, the Bring Our Children Home March starts at 2 pm E.T  at Queen’s Park. (Photo by Ben Nelms/CBC)

Health supports for survivors, their families, and community members: 

  • A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

  • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society crisis line for grief, crisis, and trauma counselling: 1-800-721-0066.
  • First Nations Health Authority provides mental wellness and culturally-safe support

Resources for settlers to learn about the residential school system and take action towards reconciliation:

For further action, please refer to Settlers Take Action, a list of resources compiled by The On Canada Project.

Stories from
the Network


Members of the Kensington Market Community land Trust stand outside of Brimz and Kensington Variety with a handmade sign that says "Community Owned Kensington."

Kensington Market Community Land Trust acquires building in heart of neighbourhood

As of Tuesday, June 1, 54-56 Kensington Ave. is in the community’s hands.When it came up for sale, the Kensington Market Community Land Trust recognized that a new commercial landlord would not be in the best interests of the tenants or the neighbourhood. They are following the model of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust in purchasing property to preserve it, and protect the social and economic diversity of the community.

Community wealth is a powerful tool, and we’re proud to see it in CSI Spadina’s own neighbourhood. Putting local resources and infrastructure back into the hands of the communities they are meant for is a through line in many of our conversations with Next Economy leaders, from the importance of energy sovereignty in Indigenous communities, to democratic control of infrastructure as a path to an equitable future, to the positive systemic impacts of employee ownership.

Pandemic sees surge in Canadians who think government needs to get tougher on business to tackle climate change and inequality

Two thirds of Canadians now believe that governments need to get tougher on Canadian businesses through laws, regulations and taxes to tackle climate change and inequality issues, according to a survey from the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation (CCPC).

“As the harsh realities of inequality and climate change become increasingly visible, other sectors are galvanizing to join the movement,” said our CEO Tonya Surman. “It’s a real ‘now or never’ moment.”

At CSI, our community has known this for a while: Climate Ventures seeks to find solutions to the climate crisis through entrepreneurship.


CSI Connects


Next Economy Conversations with Kalen Taylor

Next Economy Conversations with Kalen Taylor of Purpose Construction
Thursday, June 24, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
How can employment social enterprises strengthen communities? Kalen Taylor will speak to their experience working collaboratively with communities to building and growing Purpose Construction, Aki Energy, and Aki Foods.

Earth Tech Pitch Night
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
What do you get when you combine live pitches, impact entrepreneurship, and Canadian cleantech? Our Earth Tech Pitch Night! Hear pitches from Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs  helping to address the climate crisis. You get to vote on which three ventures will walk away with cash prizes totalling $10,000.

Earth Tech is our cleantech accelerator made possible by the RBC Foundation, Bullfrog Power and the Peter Gilgan Foundation. Pitch Night cash prizes are supported in part by Fiix.

It’s Up To Us


Stop Old Growth Logging

British Columbia is in a struggle to protect some of the last and largest old-growth trees in the world. Only 2% of high-productivity old-growth remains in BC and the government has granted a license to harvest the last intact old-growth valley on Vancouver Island.

Climate Ventures alumni Cameron Jones is organizing a small rally in support of BC’s old-growth forests at Yonge-Dundas Square on June 13.


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


Justice for Workers: An Online Teach-In

Justice for Workers: An Online Teach-In
Saturday, June 12, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Learn about the movement for decent work, workers’ rights and how to organize to win. Topics include minimum wage myths and truths, how we can afford decent work for all, workplace justice, and paid sick days post-COVID.

Virtual ProPride: Beyond Inclusion Towards Belonging

Virtual ProPride: Beyond Inclusion Towards Belonging
Wednesday, June 9, 12:00 PM ET
Join CSI Member Pride at Work, in collaboration with Business + Higher Education Roundatable, for this panel exploring how to create spaces of belonging for LGBTQ2+ employees.


Greg Ioannou

How to Write a Query Letter
Thursday, June 10, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET
Learn the four standard parts to a query letter, and (optionally) get your query letter evaluated by CSI Member and Aurora Public Library Editor-in-Residence Greg Ioannou.


Biodesign Challenge Summit 2021

Biodesign Challenge Summit
June 21-25
The world is in dire need of good design that benefits both people and the planet. Tune into this showcase of projects that use art, design, and biology to reimagine medicine, fashion, architecture, food, bioethics, and more — all for a more sustainable and equitable future.


Job Board

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

Website and Information Systems ManagerStrategic Partnerships and Development ManagerMarketing and Education Manager | Organic Council of Ontario
Deadline: June 17, 5:00 PM ET
This longtime CSI Annex member is growing their team by three!

Impact Investment Associate | Tapestry Community Capital
Deadline: Rolling
Don’t miss this chance to work for an organization leading the shift toward community financing. (They’re also CSI’s longtime partner in our Community Bonds campaign!)

Assistant Operations Manager | Twenty One Toys
Deadline: Rolling
Work for a growing learning development and toy company based out of CSI Spadina!

Registered Psychotherapist or Registered Social Worker | Aworie Canada
Deadline: Rolling
A new CSI Member, Aworie is searching for folks to help them carry out mental health counselling services.

Audience Engagement Editor |
Deadline: Rolling
Housed in CSI Spadina, this digital publication uses journalism for social change.

Business Development Representative | Driftscape
Deadline: Rolling
This CSI Member is looking for someone to help expand it’s customer base into new provinces and states!


Go For It

Charities, nonprofits, and Indigenous community organizations can request free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for regular workplace screening of close-contact employees from the Government of Canada or the Canadian Red Cross.

The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is accepting loan applications from Black business owners and entrepreneurs through the Federation of African Canadian Economics! They will provide loans up to $250,000 to Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

The Healthy Communities Initiative will provide funding for projects, programming and services that help communities create safe and vibrant public spaces, improve mobility options, and/or provide innovative digital solutions. Deadline: June 25

In Amani Institute’s Social Innovation Management program, you will build skills in leadership, innovation, communication, and entrepreneurship, receive personalized coaching sessions, and practice your learning through apprenticeship or in your own job. Scholarship Deadline: June 14th

As Seen At CSI

Screenshot from CSI's Innovators Toast in our virtual space.
Last week, the CSI community got together in our virtual Gather.Town space to toast to 17 years of innovation and innovators!

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