Tides Top 10 Canadian Changemakers

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

Tides Canada Top 10Tides Canada announced its annual Tides Top 10 groundbreaking initiatives that are leading the pack in social change innovation. At an event sponsored by the Private Giving Foundation, the ten initiatives were recognized for leadership and cultivation of new ideas to solve challenging social and environmental problems, building bridges among diverse groups in pursuit of common solutions, and enhancing capacity in the non-profit sector by supporting emerging leaders and organizations. Read press release. Watch three-minute video. 

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Introduction to Transformative Finance

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

morgansimon_21Transform Finance is a committed community of investors, entrepreneurs and social leaders that seek to place communities back at the core of impact investing and that support community-led models of investment. See Morgan Simon, CEO and Founder of Transform Finance, speak about the goals of transformative finance on this five minute video.

 

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Cultivating the Future Women Farmers in Ghana

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThis is the fourth video in a series produced by Swift grantee, Groundswell International. In this video, learn how women farmers in Ghana are working together and sharing knowledge with other women in their communities to restore native crops and protect indigenous seeds.  To view this five minute video, click here. 

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UnderMining Agriculture

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.39.55_0-300x432The Gaia Foundation’s new report - UnderMining Agriculture: How the Extractives Industries Threaten our Food Systems exposes the hidden costs of mining on food, water, land, air and climate, showing how each is increasingly affected by toxins as the global land and water grab intensifies. Click here to read more. 

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Running to Stand Still – New Report Released!

by Swift Foundation on October 13, 2014

Malawi-reportThe research for this report is part of African Centre for Biosafety’s multi-year research programme in southern and east Africa to investigate seed and soil fertility practices and challenges facing small-scale farmers in the region. One of the aims of the study is to offer an evidence-based critique of the Green Revolution agenda, with a particular focus on the activities of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an institution that plays a critical coordinating role in expanding the GR agenda on the continent. Click here to download and read the report. 

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Stopping LNG to Save Salmon. Madii Lii, Gitxsan Nation.

by Swift Foundation on October 7, 2014

Stopping LNG to Save SalmonOn Aug. 26, 2014, the Hereditary Chiefs of Madii Lii Territory of the Gitxsan Nation declared their land CLOSED TO LNG development and other unauthorized industrial activity. The members of Wilps Luutkudziiwus have since come a long way in constructing Madii Lii base-camp in the Suskwa Valley to enforce their Territorial Management Plan, a vision which aims to preserve the land, air, and water for 1000′s of years. To find out more, watch this 5-minute video.

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Indigenous Lawsuits Could Paralyze the Tar Sands

by Swift Foundation on May 19, 2014

Reject-and-Protect-via-Idle-No-More-flikrWhether it calls the program “responsible resource development” or strives to become an “energy superpower,” Canada is digging up vast swathes of the earth and selling them as quickly as possible at the expense of the environment and aboriginal rights. In many of the treaty territories and unsurrendered First Nations across Canada, the constitutionally protected rights of indigenous people—including the right to hunt, fish, trap, and be consulted with and accommodated when new development is planned—are being increasingly overstepped by rapid industrial growth. Read more…

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Our Land, Our Business

by Swift Foundation on April 16, 2014

Swift grantee, The Oakland Institute, was involved with the launch of Our Land Our BusinessWillful Blindness Report, a campaign designed to hold the World Bank accountable for its role in the rampant theft of land and resources from some of the world’s poorest people–farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities. Click here to watch the short 1.5 minute video or click here to download the new report: Willful Blindness: How the World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings Impoverish Smallholder Farmers. 

 

 

 

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New Release from Oakland Institute

by Swift Foundation on April 11, 2014

Down on the farm meme2 180 Organizations from around the World Demand that the World Bank Shut Down Its Business Rankings & Benchmarking 

OAKLAND, CA (April 10) – As the spring meetings of the World Bank get underway in Washington, DC, 180 organizations, including NGOs, unions, and farmer and consumer groups from over 80 countries, demand that the World Bank end its Doing Business rankings and its support of the rampant theft of land and resources from some of the world’s poorest people — farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities, many of whom are essential food producers for the entire planet. Read more…

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Media Tour of Sarstoon-Temash National Park

by Swift Foundation on April 2, 2014

Greg-Choc SATIIMGreg Ch’oc, Executive Director of  SATIIM (Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management),  is interviewed by Channel 5 News in Belize about protecting the rights of the indigenous populations in the Sarstoon-Temash  region.  Read archived news clip.

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