Awarded Grants

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British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often not respected. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Many people with dementia can make decisions, especially if they have support for their unique abilities. This project aims to: 1) Work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2) Create practical resources to teach health care stakeholders like doctors, nurses, long-term care facility staff, and family members how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them.
$300,000.00
2020

Cowichan Social Planning Society

Indigenous Social Innovation Legacies

What would happen if our response to the COVID19 crisis were lead by Indigenous values and ways of knowing? This project will address the impacts of colonial Canadian history on Indigenous people and reduce systemic racism. The project features a legacy stage production of Cowichan Elders sharing personal stories and cultural teachings of Natsamaht Shqualwin, One Mind, One Heart to reach broader and targeted audiences in our community. An Indigenous Reconciliation Council will lead, advise, guide, and catalyse change in institutions across multiple sectors. A Legacy Fund will test innovative funding mechanisms for Indigenous initiatives, post COVID visioning and reconciliation efforts.
$300,000.00
2020

Groundswell Education Society

Radical Access to Entrepreneurship (hereafter RAE)

Groundswell has two radical beliefs: that everyone can be an entrepreneur, and that the next big thing is a lot of small things. Small businesses and self-employed people make up the bulk of our economy. But right now, entrepreneurship and business education is wrapped up in an unjust socio-economic system that prioritizes economic growth above all else. Groundswell prioritizes justice and equity. We want more diverse people across BC to express their values by creating small businesses and self-directed careers. Radical Access to Entrepreneurship will untap diversity and creativity at the individual level, to unleash more vibrant, resilient communities, from the ground up.
$300,000.00
2020

Lillooet Friendship Centre Society

Engaging Community for Positive Change

Over the past three years the Empowering Women for Stronger Community worked hard to address the issue of changing systemic behaviours connected to violence against women in the Lillooet area. This program has laid the ground work and created a strong foundation for the newly formed Engaging Community for Positive Change (ECPC) program to work from. It is expected that ECPC will be far reaching and encompass a broader audience. All of community will be invited to be a stakeholder and participate in bringing about positive change making our communities a safer place to live. Focus will be put on all levels of governance in hopes of stopping the violence within the Lillooet area.
$300,000.00
2020

Massey Theatre Society

Indigenous Cultural Investment

Indigenous cultural activity, gathering space and visibility in key public places should be present in all Canadian communities. The planned renewal of the Massey Theatre facility is a time sensitive opportunity to make this possible for the long term in New Westminster. With resources to facilitate the consultation, planning, program direction and architectural design; Indigenous artists and community members can shape a more positive future for their children at this important gathering place.
$300,000.00
2020

Museum of Vancouver

Reconciliation, Repatriation and Place

The Reconciliation, Repatriation, and Place initiative is a 3year local Indigenous program of community engagement and outreach. The initiative elements include: a new exhibition- “That Which Sustains Us”, hiring an Indigenous Program and Community Engagement Coordinator, increasing the organization’s investment in its repatriation of belongings program, and implementing a series of MST community engagement events. Building on the Museum’s current indigenous capacity, its staff & Board representation, collection, and exhibition track record, the RRP initiative is designed to scale, extend, and deepen the institutions relationships with the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh partners.
$300,000.00
2020

Spirit's Mission Rescue Society

Spirit's Mission Sustainable Companion Animal Care Program

This project addresses the root causes of companion animal management issues, such as dog/cat overpopulation and diseases, in isolated, remote, or underserviced First Nation communities in British Columbia. This is a systemic issue in these communities and the root causes are usually one or more of the following: lack of resources; lack of knowledge; lack of governance/funds; and lack of infrastructure. Systemic change can only occur if the community is engaged and willing and if tools, resources and experiences are shared. We work with communities to identify and remove obstacles in order to design and tailor humane, and sustainable, companion animal management programs.
$300,000.00
2020

Supporting Women's Alternatives Network

A Safer Province for Everyone: Toward a Culture of Dignity, Well-being, and Respect for All Sex Workers

This project addresses the culture of gender-based violence that harms sex workers. Since 2004 Living in Community has targeted policies and structures that create systemic vulnerability for sex workers in the Vancouver area with much success. There is now a pressing need to address attitudes and behaviors that stigmatize sex workers across BC. We will scale our successes to date by deepening our education and awareness-raising to change the culture that normalizes violence against sex workers, expanding our movement-building and networking among organizations particularly in resource-rich communities, and increasing the accessibility of our training to reach rural and northern communities.
$300,000.00
2020

Syilx Language House Association

Syilx Language Pilot Nest to Immersion School in 3 Years

The pressing issue is loss of Syilx language and cultural identity, a direct result of colonization, poor community health, and lately exacerbated by unsuccessful teaching methods. Syilx Language House will change the systemic behaviours by creating a language immersion pilot school, adult and child language fluency, exceptional health and well-being, full time immersion, a language domain, and culturally-grounded immersion child care in an environment that is loving, kind, physically active, academically rigorous, positively evaluated, results-based, and shared with the Syilx Nation. Full fluency of a team will begin the reversal of language decline at the Syilx Nation level.
$300,000.00
2020

The Apathy is Boring Project/Le Projet L'Indifference Est Ennuyeuse

The Vancouver Rise Program

The Rise Program facilitates new forms of peer-to-peer motivation and agency to push back against the breakdown of the civic norms that sustain democratic participation. The 20 week youth community organizing program seeks to increase the development of skills, a sense of power among youth, knowledge and understanding of positionality and systems-level change, and and support a culture shift toward greater civic engagement among Vancouver youth. Adding to an existing network across the country, the scaling of Rise Vancouver - built and led by youth in Vancouver - will foster connection and behavioural change between of youth, organizations and institutions across Vancouver and beyond.
$300,000.00
2020

University of British Columbia

We Deserve to Work! Self Advocates Transforming Attitudes About and Experiences with Employment

Individuals with IDD face barriers to employment. Negative societal attitudes and stigma result in views of people with IDD as unable to work resulting in the unemployment and underemployment of this skilled labor pool. As such, education and awareness is needed to promote the value of paid employment and the contributions that individuals with IDD make in communities through work. Within a participatory frame, we will engage with self-advocates and allies to co-develop and implement participatory theatre aimed at challenging the barriers and stigma self-advocates face, thus increasing awareness about this viable untapped group of potential employees who are ready and able to work.
$300,000.00
2020

Women Against Violence Against Women WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

Changing Systems Through Transformative Justice Project

A community leader and expert on sexualized violence, WAVAW has witnessed the critical need for a change to the systems, policies and resources that survivors encounter following sexualized violence. We have heard for more than 38 years that regardless of rulings, engaging with the criminal justice system often does not result in feelings of healing or justice. Through our Changing Systems Through Transformative Justice project, we will pilot a Transformative Justice model. We will assess its efficacy in offering justice to survivors, with the goal of integrating Transformative Justice within the Restorative Justice system; resulting in effective and essential systems change.
$300,000.00
2020