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Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation receives $500,000 grant to develop an innovative, Indigenous-led social finance model to reduce diabetes

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February 16, 2021 (Vancouver, B.C.):  The Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation (RIIF) announced its plan to create a Diabetes Reduction Bond – an innovative model for designing and financing diabetes interventions in Canada and around the world. Diabetes and its complications are a serious burden for Indigenous communities in Canada.

“We have to rethink how we address social problems in order to make lasting change in our communities,” said Jeff Cyr, CEO of RIIF. “Indigenous communities and knowledge have to be at the centre of the approach. This solution really is a trifecta that will drive transformation in the health care system: 1. The investment of private capital allows 2. Indigenous community-led intervention to improve health outcomes, 3. resulting in massive systemic savings for government.”

These solutions will work overtime and be scalable to many communities across Canada, creating lasting positive outcomes. These include direct investment into communities, improved economic wellbeing for Indigenous families, increased Indigenous leadership in social enterprises, and significant long-term cost-savings for the health care system.

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Investment Associate - Raven Northern Lights Fund

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Permanent, Full-Time
Location: Yellowknife, NWT (preferred), or other Northern location (remote working possible)
Reports to: Chief Investment Officer
Start Date: ASAP


Are you passionate about helping Indigenous entrepreneurs in the North access patient risk capital and support to take their business to the next level and create positive change in their communities? Are you interested in leveraging Indigenous-centred business practices to unlock innovation, create systems change, and generate new pathways of self-determination for Northern communities?


This role is a permanent full-time employment position based remotely in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut, though office space will be available in Yellowknife. The role offers a base salary of $90k-110k, a comprehensive benefits package, and eligibility for performance-based awards. Reporting to the Chief Investment Officer, the Investment Associate’s primary responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Conducting financial, commercial, and impact due diligence on investment opportunities
  • Structuring and documenting investments
  • Working with entrepreneurs to scale their businesses and community benefit streams
  • Supporting investor relations and reporting

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