Steadfastness and What We Can Learn From Mushrooms

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A person with dark hair and a blue dress is walking on earth towards a tree surrounded by some mushrooms. Underneath the ground we can see a mycelial network connecting all the living beings.

Blog by Zanna Ekeroth, DEI Practitioner. As we are entering the new year in the midst of multiple crises; a genocide fuelled by Western Supremacy, legislations attacking LGBTQ+ people’s rights, and roll-backs of DEI funding at large, it can feel heavy, maybe even hopeless, to keep doing this work. In times of staggering catastrophes, it’s … Continued

Equity & Inclusion in Co-ops Year in Review

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A lot has happened this year, as you can see in the graphic highlighting the offerings that were co-designed, co-facilitated, and co-produced by Zanna, Litzy, and me. Taking it a layer deeper, I wanted to explore the year through contemplative reflection questions from Ekta (@journeywithcompassion on Insta). With this, a seed is being planted towards … Continued

It’s time to liberate our DEI work from Individualism

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Against dark blue background, the contour of 7 individuals are cut out in wood. One of the individuals are lifted up by a hand and brought closer to the camera, leaving the rest of the group behind.

Blog post written by Zanna Ekeroth. Too often in DEI conversations, we seek inspiration from people who made it “despite the odds”. We tell stories about a few exceptional individuals instead of the collective that got together to demand change. We celebrate women CEOs under the tag #girlboss, worship Oprah Winfrey for being the first … Continued

Why is it important to check your privilege?

By Litzy Baeza On March 23 the Equity and Inclusion in Co-ops Community of Practice met. Our topic and focus of discussion was centered on Positionality. “Positionality” refers to how differences in social position and power shape identities and access in society. Privilege is a big part of positionality and is the focus of this … Continued

BC Government Funding for Co-op Development

In July 2022, the BC Government funding of $2 million through a one-time government grant to British Columbia’s co-operative movement was officially announced. This funding will support co-op business development and growth, expand services, and enhance the work of co-operatives. We sat down with Elvy Del Bianco, Director, Cooperative & Government Relations, to discuss the … Continued

Welcome New Member – Ananda Cooperative Wellbeing Services

The BC Co-op Association is pleased to welcome Ananda Co-operative Wellbeing Services as our newest member! We reached out to the folks at Ananda to give them an opportunity to share some information about themselves – here’s what they told us: “Ananda Cooperative Wellbeing Services is a worker-owned coop that takes ancient well-being rituals and … Continued