Ecotrust Canada works with rural, remote and Indigenous communities toward building an economy that provides for a healthy and resilient natural environment; sustainable and abundant energy, food, and housing; prosperous and meaningful livelihoods; and vibrant and inclusive cultures. We call this approach,
Building an Economy that Provides for Life.
A System in Need of Change
We assert that our current economy, which is dependent on ever-increasing growth, resource extraction, and unrestrained consumption, is fundamentally at odds with the social and environmental needs of the world.
Building Resilient, Local, Economies
As our current economic system breaks apart, it is along the fractured edges that Ecotrust Canada plants the seeds for systems change.
Proving the Possible through Social Innovation
Our approach focuses on triggering systems change through social innovation.
Our work is social — we support communities in creating change for themselves as active participants who take the lead in defining their own futures.
Our work is innovative — our strategies explore alternative solutions, both new and old, that are outside the bounds of the current economic system.
Learning Lessons and Scaling Success
Over our 25-year history we have had known great success, as well as notable failures, and both are crucial to the innovation process. Our commitment is to learn what worked and what didn’t, and to share those lessons as widely as possible.
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