Awarded Grants

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Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association

Project Safe Relationships for Youth

Youth relational and dating violence is a problem in Abbotsford and many communities. Abbotsford Restorative Justice in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley and School District 34 will scale the Restorative Action program currently facilitated in all Abbotsford middle schools into the secondary school level and will scale deeper in developing circle discussion content to address issues surrounding this problem as well as skill development to aid in prevention for our youth. Emphasis will also focus on influencing school district policies and procedures which will assist in making Abbotsford communities safer and more restorative for students to learn and grow

Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia

South Vancouver Neighbourhood House - Seniors Hub: Working with Seniors Using the Neighbourhood House Approach

Three neighbourhood houses (NH) documented their model for working with and building the capacity of seniors in a report titled Sustaining Seniors Programs through the Neighbourhood House model, 2009. A Union of BC Municipalities Grant in partnership with the City of Vancouver and United Way supported this project. Resulting from this report a collaborative relationship was formed between the NH and the Seniors Funders table- including Vancouver Coastal Health SMART Fund, City of Vancouver Social Planning, United Way, New Horizons, and Vancouver Foundation. The hub vision includes a place where seniors: gather and make connections across generations; find neighbourhood- based activities that support aging in place; are valued for their skills and abilities; and engaged in active roles in the community. To implement this model a coordinator is required along with resources to support seniors capacity building. An evaluation framework will allow us to monitor our progress and share our learnings

British Columbia Law Institute

Older Womens Dialogue Project

In 2012 the CCEL began the Older Women's Dialogue Project, a 1-year project on the pressing legal and social policy issues impacting older women. Working with West Coast LEAF, we met with over 300 women and heard about their concerns and calls to action on issues. We also realized that some groups of women are particularly hard to reach, and require a different approach to consultation. The next phase of work involves: (1) Community-engaged research with older women who are particularly marginalized, isolated or vulnerable (focus groups and/or interviews) 150-225 women (2014); (2) Compilation, analysis of findings—including in plain language (2015); (3) Community-engaged legal tool development, involving 4 communities of older women, 60-100 women (current-December 2016), including: 1) Older women of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (Power of Women to Women group) (2) Richmond Women's Resource Centre's (Chinese grandmothers' group) (3) South Granville Senior's Centre (women with Spanish program) (4) A 4th group to be identified through consultations with marginalized women

City Opera Vancouver

Research, creation and development of the new chamber opera 'Missing Women'

“Across the globe, the arts have provided a creative pathway to breaking silences, transforming conflicts, and mending the damaged relationships of violence, oppression, and exclusion. From war-ravaged countries to local communities struggling with everyday violence, poverty, and racism, the arts are widely used by educators, practitioners, and community leaders to deal with trauma and difficult emotions, and communicate across cultural divides.” -- Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, 2015 Over a three-year period we will create and test a new chamber opera, MISSING WOMEN, set on the Downtown Eastside and Highway of Tears. It will tell a story everyone knows, from the vantage of a woman no one remembers. The subject is well known. Its social innovation as chamber opera is unique. It will derive from research and scholarship, interview and consultation, public workshop and analysis. It will be given multiple performances and thereafter analyzed for response, shortcomings, and strength. Our art is a vivid and memorable way to tell such a story. As a chamber opera, it may readily be taken to audiences where they live. Its libretto will be written by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. MISSING WOMEN is conceived for small forces, affordable and portable, testing the prospect that this story can be told in opera – faithfully and well. If successful, it will be a breakthrough in the art, and in the community.

Clay Tree Society for People with Development Disabilities

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Cafe - Year 2 and 3

Training and Support for Workers in the COCO Cafe - Year 2 and 3

Courthouse Libraries BC BC Family Justice Innovation Lab

British Columbia Family Justice Innovation Lab

BC’s family justice system has traditionally focused on judicial decision-making and an adversarial approach to disputes. Too often it negatively affects the physical and mental health of adults and children. Despite myriads of reports, the system has failed to change itself sufficiently to address this reality. We are seeking funding for the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab, initiated by a group of reform-minded justice system leaders in 2014. Its goal is to improve the well-being of BC children and families experiencing separation and divorce. Its core approach is experimental (developing and evaluating scalable prototypes), systemic (defining the system from the perspective of families) and participatory (engaging cross-sector organizations and system users). The first three initiatives under the Lab's umbrella focus on providing families with viable and affordable collaborative approaches to resolution of their problems outside of court: 1. Northern Navigator project (collaboration of a local community social service organization, mediators and the judiciary) assesses the needs of family litigants and refer them to mediation before court 2. Collaborative Practice Pro Bono project provides free interdisciplinary collaborative practice services to families 3. Family Mediation Sliding Scale project offers affordable mediation services. The Lab will generate systemic learning through developmental evaluation and nurture scaleable prototypes.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House


Building a model which provides access to the 260 agencies in the DTES involves five discrete components. Components include: 1. Creating a personalized access program for interested community members. . 2. Ensuring that boards are resourced to uphold their commitment by ensuring a participant’s basic needs can be met as well as providing the tools and services necessary to remain involved on the board (child care, transportation, food, training, etc.) 3. Develop Board “twins” where long-term members partner with community members and both can help train other board members and create accommodations for all members in a spirit of inclusion and respect. 4. Develop an inclusive leadership charter, willingly signed, promoted and implemented by all DTES agencies 5. Create affiliations with legal and policy organizations to effect policy and legislative change that will remove legislative barriers that impede community engagement.

Georgia Strait Alliance

Climate accountability: Building power of climate-engaged grassroots leaders and municipalities

Currently all local climate adaptation costs are borne by local governments while the fossil fuel industry makes hundreds of billions and takes no fiscal responsibility for the impacts of the use of its products. GSA is in communities supporting grassroots leaders and elected officials to recognize and use their power to change this system by gaining accountability from the oil and gas industry for their fair share of remediation costs, from flooding to drought to wildfires. Being held fiscally accountable for these impacts, the industry will ultimately recognize the economic case for transition to clean energy solutions and stop burdening local governments with billions of dollars in costs.

Kidcarecanada Society

KidCareCanada Educational Series: Closed-Captioning and Translation

This project will respond to the urgent need to increase accessibility to our educational resources for parents, caregivers and the professionals who support them. It will expand our inclusivity to enable BC residents (from teen parents to grandparents, incl. refugees) with hearing loss and/or who do not understand English to have access to this crucial information that impacts life-long mental and physical health of current and future generations. Step 1: Closed-captioning 1 in 4 BC residents suffers from hearing loss - from deafness to difficulty in deciphering spoken words in videos. We need to closed-caption (include subtitles) the 93 videos (avg length 6 min) in our educational program, HUGS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE. Step 2: Translations In 2011, approximately 147,000 people in BC self-identified as having no English language ability. We need to translate our videos into a minimum of five of BC's most frequently-used languages. The translations will appear as sub-titles in the videos. In this way newcomers can hear spoken English and read the translation in their own language.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation

Phoenix Kwantlen Learning Centre (PKLC) Aboriginal Evening Program

The Phoenix Kwantlen Learning Centre (PKLC) is a unique adult literacy program designed to reach marginalized and multi-barrier learners. Operating since 2006 through an innovative partnership between Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, PKLC is able to engage and assist learners by virtue of its location within a special integrated addiction services environment in the Whalley area of Surrey. An evening program expansion is needed for young and older Aboriginal adult learners who need to improve their basic academic skills in order to pursue new career and employment paths. Kwantlen faculty members will offer tuition-free Adult Basic Education (ABE) and assessment four evenings a week on-site at the PKLC for up to 68 learners. The program would be designed to teach basic skills through specialized curricula based on Aboriginal content, concepts, history and spirituality, involving Elders and activities in the community.

Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society

Syilx Indigenous Land-based Learning Project, Phases 3 4: Multi-Year 2013-2015

The Syilx Indigenous Land-Based Learning Project offers memorable, meaningful and transformative land-based learning experiences that feature Syilx (Okanagan) aboriginal perspectives and practices as part of enhanced curriculum for K-12 learners from public schools and band-operated schools throughout the Okanagan region. To-date, 15 land-based lesson plans that combine provincial curriculum requirements and hands-on outdoor activities relating to sustainability, life sciences, arts, social studies, social justice, leadership, and aboriginal culture and language, have been co-created by school staff and Syilx knowledge keepers, elders, and educators as part of project Phases 1 & 2 (in-progress). Implementation and evaluation of completed lesson plans (Phases 3 & 4), including collaborative creation of additional lesson plans for new subject areas, is proposed over the next 3 years with new and existing partners. Lesson plan delivery will occur at the ECOmmunity Place Locatee Lands outdoor 'living classroom' and at other culturally significant sites throughout the region.

Pacific Community Resources Society

SAUDER FLOW THROUGH DONATION/GRANT - Youth Supported Housing Program Extension

Youth Supported Housing Program Extension

Rise Women's Legal Centre

Virtual Legal Clinic

The Virtual Legal Clinic addresses the critical lack of access to justice in small communities throughout BC. The project will develop a network of community partners with “safe computers” to act as service points for low-income women in need of legal assistance. Learning through doing, Rise will learn about the best practices for delivering virtual legal services, and will develop training for lawyers in order to jump start the use of virtual legal services throughout the province. Finally, Rise will use what they learn to seek to remove barriers to virtual legal services by working with government agencies and professional regulatory bodies to improve existing policies and practices.

The Cultch

Democratizing our Stages

This project will challenge the status quo by prioritizing the presentation of theatre, dance and music productions produced by professional companies that identify with a specific ethno-cultural group or other under-represented community and are creating contemporary, non-traditional performance. Through the efforts of government funding programs that specifically target the creation of new works by emerging and established aboriginal, ethnically diverse and disability artists, there is increasing diversity in professional arts practices in Canada. However there are still very few established venues that present this work in a main stage context throughout a season of programming. We will incite change by including a significant body of work from these artists in our future seasons and properly supporting the performances so they can achieve the highest standards of artistic excellence. We will partner with like-minded organizations from the community to diversify the audience that attends the productions, finding innovative ways to provide access to under-served communities and increase the community's desire for productions that represent a diversity of voices and issues. It will be our job to create an effective communicational process between the artists and the citizens. Social exclusion can only be reversed by conscious and proactive efforts. Culture provides opportunities to deepen people’s knowledge of each other through a positive and sharing live interaction.

University of Victoria

Health and Right to Housing: Participatory Evaluation of Policies and Practices by Rights Holders with Lived/Living Expertise of Homelessness

Homelessness is a violation of human rights and a pressing health issue. The right to housing is outlined in international convents and enshrined in the 2019 National Housing Strategy Act. Through this project, we will build skills and competencies of rights holders to evaluate progress in realizing housing as a human right in policies that directly impact the lives of homeless people and make recommendations for realigning programs and policies with housing as a human right. The findings of this research will implement strategies for engaging decision makers to transform the homeless sector and human rights based responses to homelessness.

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Mentorship Program for Aboriginal Children In the Vancouver School District

We are requesting support to establish a Pilot Mentorship Program in 8 Vancouver School Board Schools-4 elementary feeder schools and 4 high schools-with significant Aboriginal student populations. Approximately 220 students will be involved. The Pilot Mentorshlp Program will begin in the Fall of 2013 and continue through to the end of the school year (June 2014) at which time it will be evaluated with the goal of continuation in the Vancouver District for a total of 3 years prior to expansion to other strategic areas in BC. The key elements of the Mentorship Program are: -recruitment of Aboriginal Mentors with teaching experience -mentorship in course materials, study habits, life skills and career planning -use of both 'one on one' and group models where appropriate -involvement of the Aboriginal Community -emphasis on helping students effectively transition from Elementary School to High School and Primary levels to Intermediate levels. -inculcation of career planning and work experience throughout the Mentorship Program -successful retention to high school graduation

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Transgender Accessibility to Sexual Assault Services

Originally a women-serving agency, we now understand that gender-based violence exists, and is more prevalent, beyond the gender binary of male and female. We have made the commitment to become a women and trans*-inclusive agency after a series of events over the past 2 years including: - feedback from board, staff and clients that current practices were exclusionary for trans* survivors; - training for staff and board to increase awareness about specific challenges trans* survivors can face; - a full day staff/board retreat to discuss commitment in making this change; - a community consultation with trans* people and their allies on what makes service provision feel safe and welcoming for gender variant people. Through our proposed project, we will: 1) engage the community through consultations and the formation of an advisory board; 2) makes changes to policies, procedures, services, signage, staff and volunteer training; 3) document and share learning with others and offer training to our community partners (police, crown, hospitals, other social service agencies)