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Tides Top 10 for 2012

  • Arviat Community Ecotourism Initiative (ACE)

    Sustainable community-based ecotourism rooted in Inuit culture

    Focus area: Capacity Building; Social Inclusion and Civic Engagement; Arts and Culture
    Where they work: Arviat, Nunavut

    ACE is an open and inclusive process to develop cultural-ecotourism in Arviat. A diversity of participants are working together to achieve this shared objective including dog team operators, cooks, ecoguides, elders, artists, singers, interpreters, high school student, entrepreneurs, hunters, community hosts and seamstresses.

    We chose them for: Empowering a spectrum of community participants to support and enhance the local economy and culture through sustainable, community-based tourism.

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  • Canadian Freshwater Alliance

    Connecting the dots between water stewards across Canada

    Focus area: Oceans and Freshwater; Capacity Building
    Where they work: National

    The Canadian Freshwater Alliance (CFA) assists Canada’s diverse non-profit water community to secure healthy, thriving waters from coast to coast to coast. Founded on the notion that people and the environment have the right to healthy waters, the Alliance is working to unite, train and mobilize diverse water stewards big and small, near and far.

    We chose them for: Laying down the foundation for a powerful movement that connects and advances local, regional and national efforts to protect and restore Canada’s waterways.

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  • Équiterre

    Everyday choices are opportunities to change the world

    Focus area: Social Inclusion and Civic Engagement; Climate and Energy; Food; Health
    Where they work: Québec

    Équiterre is building a social movement in Quebec by encouraging individuals, organizations and governments to make ecological and equitable choices, in a spirit of solidarity.

    Some recent projects include: supporting the Québec government’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; mobilizing a record-breaking amount of citizens in the streets of Montreal for Earth Day 2012; bringing food fresh from the fields to the hospital beds of urban Quebec.

    We chose them for: Presenting everyday choices we all make - whether it is food (community supported agriculture), gardening (ecological horticulture), housing (sustainable building, home energy efficiency) or shopping (responsible consumption) - as opportunities to change the world, one step at a time.

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  • Pond Inlet Environmental Technology Program

    Access to higher education in smaller Inuit centres

    Focus area: Education, Research and Capacity Building; Environment
    Where they work: Pond Inlet, Nunavut

    The Pond Inlet Environmental Technology Program builds capacity for scientific/policy analysis of environmental issues and management locally in Nunavut. Developed in partnership with a territorial college, a public government, a land claims organization, a charitable foundation and a mining company, the program creates the opportunity for students from a remote Northern community to stay at home and build skills applicable to the local economy.

    The program trains students to build careers as environmental practitioners, incorporating classroom and practical field experiences to cultivate the skills needed for professions in growing fields such as fish and wildlife conservation, parks management, environmental assessment and research and waste management.

    We chose them for: Proving that providing access to higher education in smaller Inuit centres is possible and effective.

  • Qqs Projects Society

    Youth opening the ‘eyes’ of youth to conservation and culture

    Focus area: Education, Research and Capacity Building; Environment; Arts and Culture
    Where they work: Bella Bella, British Columbia

    Qqs, pronounced "kucks," is a Heiltsuk word meaning "eyes." The mandate of the Qqs non-profit is to open the eyes of Heiltsuk young people of Bella Bella to their responsibility as stewards of our environment and culture, in the belief that the first is the foundation of the latter. They are also building capacity in Heiltsuk territory to realise durable conservation and well-being outcomes of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements.

    We chose them for: Sparking and sustaining youth engagement with the conservation of globally-significant ecosystems in the Great Bear Rainforest, and the health of the culture needed to ensure a resilient future for both people and place.

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  • Random Hacks of Kindness Toronto

    Hackathons for social change technology

    Focus area: Education, Research and Capacity Building
    Where they work: Toronto, Ontario

    Random Hacks of Kindness is a decentralised, rapidly growing global initiative encompassing a community of over 5,500 innovators in over 30 countries making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity. This is done by defining problems shared by local social change initiatives and organizing hackathons where volunteer web developers build tools for the grassroots groups to use as solutions.

    We chose them for: Harnessing the talents and generosity of ‘hackers’ to give grassroots groups with small budgets access to innovative, open technology solutions to further their missions.

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  • Reconciliation Canada

    The path to reconciliation is paved with dialogue

    Focus area: Social Inclusion and Civic Engagement
    Where they work: National

    Reconciliation Canada aims to establish a groundswell of Canadians from every level of society who are committed to fostering positive relationships between Aboriginals and other Canadians. Activities include a series of workshops, dialogue circles, Reconciliation Walk Training for Survivors, canoe gatherings, a BC Place Gala Event and a Walk for Reconciliation through the streets of Vancouver. Reconciliation Canada is leading an empowering process of reconciliation - working in tandem with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (mandated to seek the truth of what really happened in the Indian Residential School system).

    We chose them for: Working to connect a diversity of cultural, faith-based and multi-generational groups to gain a better understanding of one another’s shared histories.

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  • Sacred Headwaters Conservation Collaboration

    Strange bedfellows: Tahltan First Nation, Shell Canada, the BC Government, Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and ForestEthics

    Focus area: Oceans and Freshwater; Forests; Social Inclusion and Civic Engagement
    Where they work: Sacred Headwaters Region, British Columbia

    The Sacred Headwaters is the birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers - three of British Columbia’s greatest salmon rivers. After more than 10 years of protest, dialogue and negotiation, Shell Canada, the Tahltan First Nation and the BC Government announced in December of 2012 that there will be no drilling in the Sacred Headwaters area now or in the future. The continued moratorium on drilling in this ecologically significant area reflects a high level of accountability to the valuable ecology of the Sacred Headwaters area and its citizens, both local and downstream.

    We chose them for: Working in an often-divergent group of stakeholders to co-produce an outcome that works for both people and the planet.

  • Toronto Park People

    Leading a park renaissance

    Focus area: Environment; Social Inclusion and Civic Engagement
    Where they work: Toronto, Ontario

    Park People works with communities, park staff and private enterprise to make Toronto’s parks better. The project facilitates neighbourhood engagement, builds a network of local community park groups and brings public attention to issues affecting the city’s parks. Through its collaborations, research and outreach, Park People is changing the way people see parks in Toronto.

    We chose them for: Strengthening communities by championing the importance of good parks to the social, health, environmental and economic well-being of all Toronto residents.

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  • The Writers' Exchange

    Making literacy exciting and accessible for inner-city kids

    Focus area: Social Inclusion and Civic Engagement
    Where they work: Vancouver, British Columbia

    The Writers’ Exchange is cultivating support and mentorship for young writers with a range of creative writing programming. Students create publications from scratch, from brainstorming ideas, to writing and editing, to presenting their finished product. Over 150 volunteer mentors work with inner-city students so that each child can succeed to the best of his or her ability.

    We chose them for: Visioning and working towards a world where every child can have the literacy skills necessary to access a world where anything is possible.

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