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Canadian Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Leverage Lab COLLABORATIVE Phase 2

Apparel waste is the fastest growing waste contributor to landfills in North America. 20,000 tonnes of textiles waste currently ends up in the landfill each year in GVA, yet 95% of it is reusable or recyclable. Worse, no one in the system is working together on a solution. Leverage Lab aims to shift B.C’s apparel system away from a linear take-make-waste model towards circular borrow-use-return approach. By bringing government, industry representatives and academics together to pilot and prototype solutions we can create collaborative end-market solutions that will result in a decrease of apparel waste catalyzing a case for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulation.

Grunt Gallery

Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

Gentrification has serious and lasting effects on our neighborhoods. While this project cannot stop the culture of land speculation that exists it the city it can mitigate some of the alienating effects within the community. The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen will develop interactive programming from the community and addressing community issues in new and exciting ways. Our strategy is to work with the community to mitigate the alienating effects of gentrification and create space for community creation and integration. Our goal is for the community to see themselves mirrored in the screen showing its history, inhabitants and the changing face of the Mount Pleasant Community.

Pacific Opera Victoria Association

Presentations of a new First Nations children’s opera by Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Young people have few opportunities to engage with quality performances that explore issues of contemporary cultural importance. Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera will commission and present a new First Nations children’s opera that explores environmental stewardship and individual empowerment. Adapted by renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas from his book Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment, this new production model invites youth to participate in the creation process by providing feedback at workshops. The completed opera will be presented in schools and Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia.

Salal Foundation

Upper Skeena Regenerative Agriculture Project

Food security, environmental stewardship and community economic development are part of an interconnected web at the very core of a healthy, wealthy, and sustainable region. Our current systems are failing us in this regard. We need new systems that integrate these vital elements by design, and we must be able to scale up as need and demand dictate. The Upper Skeena Regenerative Agriculture Project will not only demonstrate and test one such system, it will also actively create new opportunities to build and participate in a deeply local economy. Many systemic behaviours are actually survival instincts - redirected, those drives for sustenance and security can be powerful agents of change.

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Branching Out: Shifting Beliefs to Empower Community Forest Stewardship

Vancouver Island endangered old-growth forests are being logged at a shocking rate of two soccer fields per hour, presenting health, safety and economic risks to communities. Forest conservation for community resilience requires shifting belief systems by altering flows of information. Sierra Club BC will scale our response by focusing in resource-based Island communities about the role intact forests play in community safety and resilience. With valley-by-valley ground inspections of old-growth logging, supporting diverse voices through engagement organizing, facilitating spaces for dialogue and producing compelling communications we will generate political will for lasting gains.

Simon Fraser University

The Democracy Demonstration Project: Strengthening Canadians’ Commitment to and Participation in Democracy

There has been a notable decline in Canadians’ commitment to democracy. In fact, 35% of Canadians believe that “democracy doesn't matter” or are open to authoritarian governments in some circumstances. We know that residents are less involved with their communities now than in 2012. The Democracy Demonstration Project—a priority initiative of SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue—will pilot methods to strengthen residents’ commitment to democratic principles and participation in democratic activities. By collaborating with community partners, we will implement innovative programming, determine which approaches work best, and spread good practices to make Canadian democracy more resilient.

Vancouver Island University

Expanding and sustaining Inside-Out, VIU’s prison exchange program

Inside-Out is a prison-based program that brings together incarcerated and traditional university students who study together as peers with the recognition that each has innate worth and a story to tell. The experience is impactful and profound, and an opportunity both for self-discovery and improved mutual understanding. The program helps inside students to re-integrate with the community and encourages aspirations for further education, while putting a human face on justice issues for outside students, making them more compassionate, informed and effective professionals in their chosen fields. Both groups are empowered to become agents of positive change for themselves and the community.