Awarded Grants

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Canadian Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC)

Ecosystem Services on Metro Vancouver Farmland

Do you value biodiversity, beautiful landscapes, and access to healthy, local food? In many cases these things are brought to you farmland. However because these things are not valued by our economic system, they are vulnerable to being exploited. We at SPEC aim to change that. We are working with local farmers to sustainably manage things like soil fertility, water consumption, biodiversity and pest management. We are also trying out a project to compensate farmers for creating pollinator habitat. We are starting an information campaign to increase awareness for the value of farmland, and maybe will campaign local government to compensate farmers for environmentally friendly practices.
$30,000.00
2018

Dancers of Damelahamid Society

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival Youth and Emerging Artist Development Program (CFNDF YP)

It has become part of our collective consciousness over the past few years that Indigenous youth are susceptible to disconnect from community, family and healthy supportive environments, cultural practices, and as a result we see a disproportionate number of cases of substance abuse and tragically, youth suicide. Identifying with one’s culture is a much more intimate process than mere awareness and it has the ability to nurture one’s spirit. Through many of the company’s outreach experience with youth, there have been moments where Indigenous youth assert their Indigenous identity and demonstrate self-esteem.
$30,000.00
2018

Kamloops Indian Band

Youth-Leadership-Action

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc’s (TteS) project entitled Youth-Leadership-Action will develop the unique leadership skills that youth required in Indigenous organizations, by combining traditional knowledge and protocols with contemporary leadership skills and methods. Indigenous youth will learn local protocols such as Welcoming Ceremonies that are regularly practiced within the community and traditional territory. Supported by elders, the transfer of knowledge inter-generationally will provide a platform for youth to augment their self-awareness and identity, and build community connectiveness that will increase their leadership abilities and motivate them to participate within the community as leaders. The project will consist of four key components that will build on the necessary skills and abilities of today’s Indigenous leaders. The four components: Cultural Protocols and Teachings, What it Means to be a Leader, Goal Setting, and Community Leadership in Practice, will provide them with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to hold leadership positions within the community and organization.
$36,900.00
2018

Vancouver Moving Theatre Society

Weaving Reconciliation

The TR Commission calls for Canadians to grapple with Canada’s history of colonization in a process guided by principles of respect, reciprocity, mutual recognition, shared responsibility. WR speaks to Native communities vitally interested in seeing their experiences on stage; settler/immigrants vitally interested in learning about Aboriginal presence, history, concerns; and Canadians seeking to participate in reconciliation process. People will witness: • Original, innovative local art informed by Indigenous cultural practices and impact of 500 years of colonization; • Re-balancing of power relations between Indigenous/non-indigenous artists; • Native-led cultural resurgence in Canada
$40,000.00
2018

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Newcomer Youth Ambassador Program

The Newcomer Youth Ambassador Project consists of three components providing the selected youth the chance to gain experience and develop their leadership skills within their peer groups, in the formal workplace, as well as in the broader community. The Youth Ambassador would be a paid position responsible to form and lead a youth advisory committee with other immigrant and refugee youth participants, who together would inform and advise VIRCS Staff on the challenges they are facing, their needs, desires, and how youth programming can better address these. The Youth Ambassador would then take a leadership role in the official development and facilitation of these programs and services, with assistance from Enable Program staff. The second component is a mentorship program with a member of the VIRCS board of directors. This opportunity would allow the youth to sit on the board for an in depth learning experience about non-profit governance, while also being supported by a board member in advocating for matters as they pertain to newcomer youth. The third component is community outreach and networking, where the Youth Ambassador would sit on the City of Victoria's Youth Council to advocate for social justice issues that pertain to immigrant/refugee youth specifically. They would also network with other youth groups and youth councils to stay informed about best practices and to learn from and support one another; including offering workshops and collaborating on events.
$39,044.00
2018