Start: October 25, 2019 8:30 am
End: October 25, 2019 4:30 pm

Venue: St. John’s High School
401 Church Ave Winnipeg MB R2W 1C4

Accessibility: For questions about accessibility and accommodations, please call (204) 943-0547

See details and registration below for The Canadian CED Network’s The Gathering

For 18 years, Manitoba community builders have gathered every October to connect over a shared meal, to learn from one another’s work, and to celebrate the challenging but necessary practice of building stronger communities.

It has been a privilege to host this container, and to hold the stories and history of our community sector. Thank you to every single person who has participated, volunteered, coordinated, presented, worked, sponsored, provided feedback or contributed energy to this event. It continues to exist because of you.

We know, as a network, that we have a responsibility to grow with, and adapt alongside, our members. With that in mind, we’ve been asking ourselves: does the Gathering, in its current form, still respond to the most pressing issues facing our sector? Does our learning model address the skills and practices most relevant to our work?

We’ve also been listening. In community work, we are called to collaborate: with our colleagues, stakeholders, funders, community members, or across movements. We hear how challenging it can be to work together in collaborative arrangements or across issues, even though most people believe that solidarity and joint action would benefit us, particularly in the current political environment.

As we consider how to work more deeply, we realize The Gathering is one logical thing we can offer to this challenge. For this reason, we are embarking on a new vision for The 2019 Gathering: an entire day focused on building skills around collaboration across issues to explore how various movements could work together better. 

It will be an experiment and a risk, as all worthwhile work requires. Above all, we are excited to explore something new together, in hopes of weaving our movements towards stronger collective power.

What Does This Mean? 

The Gathering will take place at St. John’s High School on Friday, October 25, 2019. 

Workshops in the morning will engage key capacities for collaboration, including (but not limited to): facilitation, power analysis & anti-oppression, conflict resolution, collective visioning etc.

In the afternoon, folks will self-select into open space sessions within a set of streams to explore how various movements could work together better.

Each stream will be designed with sector leaders and supported by an experienced facilitator.

What Will It Look Like?


 8:00-8:45am Registration and Networking with Coffee and Refreshments

 8:45-10:00am Opening Plenary: The Future is Collaborative

10:00-10:30am  Networking Break/Rest

 10:30-12:00pm Morning Workshops: Collaboration Focus

12:00-1:30pm  Lunch catered by local social enterprises

1:30-3:00pm Afternoon Movement Weaving

  • Ending Poverty
  • Local & Fair Economies
  • Tackling Climate Change (featuring Green Action Centre!)
  • Sustainable Community Led Development
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access

3:00-3:30pm Networking Break/Rest

 3:30-4:30pm  Closing Plenary: Enough for All, Forever


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