Vote for Tides Canada’s Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund for 2014 Social Finance Innovator Award


Tides Canada’s Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund and its work with the KUTERRA project has been nominated for the Social Finance Innovator Award in the 3rd annual Social Finance Awards.

The awards, hosted by and the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, recognize individuals and organizations that are mobilizing private capital for positive social and environmental impact in Canada. The theme of this year’s awards is “Moving Money that Matters,” a nod to the important role of investors and social entrepreneurs in ensuring the advancement of the social finance landscape in Canada.

Tides Canada’s Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund is one of seven finalists for this year’s award thanks to a nomination from Vancity. The Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund endeavours to protect BC’s wild salmon while building a viable and sustainable aquaculture industry in collaboration with First Nations, government, industry and environmental organizations. One of the Fund’s key projects is the ‘Namgis First Nation’s KUTERRA project, a northern Vancouver Island business whose mission is to produce the most environmentally sound, safe and healthy land-based Atlantic salmon. Since 2011, Tides Canada has granted the ‘Namgis First Nation and KUTERRA almost $2.7 million for development and operations in addition to providing project management and technical support.

KUTERRA Land Raised Atlantic salmon went to market in April of this year and is currently available in Safeway stores across British Columbia and Alberta, giving consumers a healthy and sustainable option grown without pesticides or antibiotics.

KUTERRA was also recognized earlier this week with the highest ranking from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program – a “best choice” green.

Please vote by Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 11:59 EST. The winner will be announced November 7th, 2014 at this year’s Social Finance Forum.

Interview with Tara Marsden, Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office

Gitanyow is a community nestled along the Kitwanga River in Northwestern BC. They are represented by the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs to establish modern treaties and implement First Nations conservation practices and land use planning for their territory. We interviewed Wilp Sustainability Director for the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Tara Marsden and learned more about the Gitanyow model of long-term conservation planning, the significance of observing and adopting First Nations values and methods in conservation, and the importance of flexible, multi-year granting.

Community stories share local food successes in northern Manitoba

928 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba lies Barren Lands First Nation and Brochet. Facing high food costs, the community of just over 600 people expanded on an already existing interest in gardening by building a 14 x 20-foot greenhouse in 2013 in coordination with their local health centre and the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC). This is only one of many inspiring examples from the NMFCCC 2016 Community Stories booklet, which shares learnings from 18 communities.