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Co-op Week 2021

23 Sep 2021 | Events, Upcoming event(s)

The Co-op Week takes place from October 17 to 23, 2021.  

Every year, co-operatives, and the people behind them, celebrate the co-operative movement and values in Canada.  

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) wishes to spread the word:  

Cooperation is the solution to building a better, more prosperous, and united future, with a perspective on sustainable development and inspired by our cooperative values.

Therefore, the theme in 2021 is:  

Embracing the future with cooperation

The chosen theme is meant to doubly qualify the collective future that we want:  

  • Gathering, which connects us to each other;
  • and that looks like the community in which the co-operative evolves.
History of Canada’s Co-op Week

Francophones in Canada have been celebrating Co-op Week since 1958. In 1981, English-speaking co-ops in the Maritimes and Saskatchewan organized celebrations to mark the event. The Week went national in 1982 thanks to the support of the Co-operative Union of Canada, a predecessor of the Canadian Co-operative Association. Co-op Week appears to be a unique phenomenon in Canada. In the United States, October is Co-op Month, and the International Co-operative Alliance and the United Nations observe an International Co-operative Day on the first Saturday of July. The week is always celebrated the same week as International Credit Union Day, the third Thursday in October each year.

Contest

Enter for a chance to win $250 worth of co-op products and services for #CoopWeek! 
Are you proudly supporting a co-op in your community? Tell us which one!  
 
Fill out the form by clicking here and identify your favorite co-op in the comments of this post (to come).  
 
You will have a chance to win a gift basket of co-operative products and services and from your region, valued at $250, thanks to Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. 
 
The contest begins on September 27, 2021, at 7:00am ET and ends on October 10, 2021, at 11:59pm ET. 
 
Participate now!

Communication kit

You can download the visual kit to share with your network about your participation in the co-operative movement. Your involvement is essential. 
 
Key messages:

Celebrate #CoopWeek October 17 to 23: Embracing the future with cooperation. Because co-operatives contribute to prosperity, social equity, and environmental justice in their communities. A solution that brings us closer to a better world! 
 
Download the kit

Before the official start of Co-op Week, we will be inviting people to participate in a series of activities to strengthen the sense of belonging to the Canadian co-op movement and to raise awareness of its diversity.


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