The Abundance Project: Wêyôtan

“It is rich…
“It is in abundant supply…
“It is a wealthy time.”

From the book Cree: Words, edited by Arok Wolvengrey

The Abundance Project: Wêyôtan

“It is rich…
“It is in abundant supply…
“It is a wealthy time.”

From the book Cree: Words, edited by Arok Wolvengrey

What is Wêyôtan?

From West-Coast potlatches to giveaways on the Prairies and by the Great Lakes, giving has been a foundation for community prosperity for centuries.

For the Plains Cree, wêyôtan is the time of wealth that comes from GENEROSITY.

To empower climate-change-mitigation efforts, we are pioneering new economic models that embody these cultures of ABUNDANCE.

More than an investment approach, this project will foster a next-generation economy of sharing and INTERDEPENDENCE.

The Abundance Project

Working with non-profit social enterprise partners, we connect investors with clean-energy projects to implement solar and other green retrofits on buildings owned by First Nations, faith communities and non-profits.

Organizations immediately save on their energy bills and, as they pay us back, we re-invest into more projects, which:

  • RE-ENGAGE barriered workers’ access to training and meaningful employment in Canada’s emerging green economy
  • REDUCE greenhouse emissions and operating budgets to help increase the impact that organizations have in our communities
  • REPLENISH a revolving fund that will extend the impact to further community-owned operations.

Project partners

We have joined forces with Raising the Roof to accept charitable donations, and are working with Faith and the Common Good to connect with faith communities across Canada. The Abundance Project will also build from ongoing partnerships with Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Yellowhead Tribal College and the Bissell Centre.

(Sidebar) The use of financial tools to release capital and create social and environmental impacts is not without precedent. RE-volv has successfully employed a pay-it-forward financing model to help 35 non-profits across the United States install solar systems and save on their electric bills. Closer to home, Encompass Coop and Aboriginal social enterprise Aki Energy have deployed pay-as-you-save financing to install geothermal on First Nations throughout Manitoba, providing employment and low-cost clean energy to these communities. (end sidebar)

We are looking for:

  • Citizens to help share our project message and connect us to prospective partners
  • Investors willing to provide capital needed to install solar panels and implement energy-efficiency measures
  • Community organizations that own buildings and are interested in partnering with us.

Let’s work together!

Contact us for more information.

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