Investment

NEECHI COMMONS FUND

Neechi Commons is one of the most significant social enterprises in Canada. Accordingly, Vancity Community Foundation (VCF) has recently set up a Neechi Commons Fund that can receive funds from donors wishing to receive charitable tax receipts and from other charitable organizations or foundations. Funds contributed to the Neechi Commons Fund help Neechi to cover the cost of equipment and building upgrades, marketing initiatives, training and other forms of support. The VCF is experienced in supporting social enterprises with program related investments that further their own charitable objectives. All donations into the Neechi Commons Fund will be greatly appreciated. To support Neechi please click on the following link: http://www.vancitycommunityfoundation.ca/donor-advised-funds/Neechi-Commons-Fund

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Neechi Commons is helping to bring badly needed revitalization to Winnipeg’s Main Street north of the CPR tracks and to adjoining north-end neighbourhoods. It features a neighbourhood supermarket, a fruit and vegetable courtyard, restaurant and catering, an indigenous arts centre. Over 40 jobs have been created, drawing heavily on local area residents in a part of town that has one of the highest urban unemployment rates in Canada. Many of the jobs go to youth. Economic balance and self-reliance in Aboriginal communities have been undermined for a very long time. Neechi Commons contributes to economic healing that is needed to support personal and social healing. It is an opportunity for people to support reconciliation between indigenous people and society as a whole.

Neechi Foods Co-op is incorporated as a worker cooperative, owned and operated by its staff.  A cooperative business model is in line with the primary values of sharing and community that anchored Aboriginal economies for thousands of years. The worker coop model gives people the opportunity to be in charge of their economic destinies as business owners, as well as employees. “Neechi” (or “Niji”) is an Ojibwa and Cree term for friend, sister or brother.

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One Response to Investment

  1. Neecha says:

    Love it!! I’m in Ottawa and wish you were here too!!
    Meegwetch 🙂
    Neecha

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