Awarded Grants

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Simon Fraser University

Refugee Livelihood Lab

The Refugee Livelihood Lab is a time-bound 3-year, social innovation lab working to help advance understanding and innovative responses to refugee economic livelihood outcomes. Through social venture design and incubation, building capacity in the settlement sector, weaving new networks and connections, and knowledge mobilization efforts our work at multiple levels helps shift routines, beliefs and resources over time to enable a more adaptive and responsive sector and improved outcomes for refugee and newcomer populations.
$300,000.00
2018

Skidegate Band Council

Building young people’s connection to land, food, and spirit

Our project seeks to expand opportunities for land-based and intergenerational programming for youth on Haida Gwaii, while supporting their development as change-makers. Our collective ability to sustain and heal ourselves is based upon a reciprocal, spiritual relationship with the land. We aim to address the disconnection from land and traditional food that many youth experience as a result of colonization and cultural suppression. Strengthening young people’s cultural identity and skills, through food-related workshops and excursions, will help produce long-term impacts on our community’s climate change resilience and mitigation.
$300,000.00
2021

Spirit North

Spirit North B.C. Program Delivery expansion scale

The purpose of this proposal is to increase capacity and expand our ability to confront the physical and mental health crisis facing Indigenous children and youth in B.C. We intend to do this through expansion of our capacity to deliver a sport and activity based outreach program, alongside community capacity building, bridging supports and forging partnerships with communities and schools. Programs are designed to be active, inclusive and participation-focused as they build and develop skills that can be transferred back in to the classroom and the community, while successfully addressing a full spectrum of physical, educational, and mental health outcomes.
$300,000.00
2018

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

The Prince George Sexual Assault Centre

Addressing systemic barriers to sexual violence response

The community of Prince George does not currently benefit from a formalized coordinated response to sexual violence. PGSAC is currently positioned to launch programming which includes a sexually exploited youth exiting program, a skills building and counselling program for those who have been trafficked, and a Sexual Assault Response Team. This project will create the Sexual Violence Response Team (SVRT) of which will advise, coordinate, and centralize these services using the ICAT model as our guide. Ultimately, the SVRT will shape how our region responds to sexual violence and pave the way for wider system change at the provincial and national levels.
$300,000.00
2021

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

BC Worker Action Centre

Workers outside of traditionally unionized sectors are finding new ways to organize in the face of precarious work. In BC, the Workers’ Action Centre is at the forefront of change — grassroots organizing that connects low-wage workers with their communities to fight for economic and social justice. We believe the time is right to implement a Workers’ Action Centre in BC. Focusing on education and empowerment, our plan will provide precarious workers from diverse backgrounds with the tools to organize for stronger workplace standards and proactive enforcement of labour laws. By building solidarity and defending workers’ rights, we will transform the gig economy and create economic inclusion.
$300,000.00
2019

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Tsleil-Wautuh Nation Education Program

Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) is seeking to breakdown barriers to Indigenous education through the implementation of an Indigenous Land-based Experiential Learning Program that is rooted in our traditional knowledge and practices. As a means of overcoming educational gaps that are so prevalent among Indigenous communities; we created a culturally appropriate, land-based learning model for students K-12 at the TWN school. This approach combines conventional academic lessons with TWN Indigenous values and ways of knowing--both in the classroom and in an outdoor setting. We are decolonizing education.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Building an AnimalKind community

Any company can call itself “humane”, but how can the public be sure? AnimalKind accreditation sets the gold standard for animal-related businesses by incentivizing ethical and humane practices. AnimalKind businesses must meet science-based animal welfare standards set out in the strict program requirements and pass audits to receive the BC SPCA stamp of approval. For wildlife and rodent control, AnimalKind helps to raise public awareness that even pests deserve humane treatment. Expanding to all regions of BC could affect millions of wild animals. Scaling accreditation to pet services will positively influence the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals and their guardians in BC.
$300,000.00
2018

Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge

Indigenous peoples play a keystone role to conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage of humanity. The Scaling Deep and Scaling Up: Indigenous Food and Farm School Challenge will chart a pathway of consciousness for a more just and sustainable tribal economies based on Indigenous food sovereignty and holistic health, and will provide an alternative to the large scale resource based extraction projects that impose contradicting cultural and socio-economic values, and place Indigenous women, children, and families at increased risk. The project will set the context for increasing social capacity and advancing policy driven by a community of regenerative practice.
$300,000.00
2018

University of Northern British Columbia

Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North

New technologies can support older adults to live comfortably, even as they face changes in health and wellbeing. Those aging in Northern B.C. face a fragmented, under-resourced and geographically isolated system that makes it difficult to access technologies to support aging in place. The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North supports the piloting and implementation of technologies that address the needs of rural and northern older adults. CTAAN's research will change the lives of aging adults by providing essential evidence in support of the use of technology to improve the quality of life and increasing the flow of technological resources to rural and remote communities.
$300,000.00
2021

University of Victoria

Drug checking: Enhancing scalability to effect systems change

The overdose public health emergency continues in the context of criminalization, stigmatization, inequities, and now the pandemic. A partnership between Social Work and Chemistry combined science with harm reduction to launch a drug checking pilot project in Victoria BC. We propose centering equity in systems change as we launch a new drug checking outreach model to reach sites throughout Vancouver Island and scale-up community capacity through a Community of Practice and training program while piloting a low-cost/low barrier drug-checking platform to be operated by non-technicians and increase equitable access with unique service models to match services to diverse communities.
$300,000.00
2021

Vancity Community Foundation

All the Way Home

Despite more than a decade of media, public outcry and attempts by governments to address it, BC’s housing affordability crisis persists. Costs to purchase or rent a home remain at or near historic highs even as the pandemic hammers many residents’ incomes. Vulnerable populations, including younger people, continue to be hit hard. This project aims to tackle the housing crisis on four fronts: cementing a system-wide goal to achieve true affordability by 2030, improving the big-picture plan to get there, engaging the public on innovative policies to overcome dependencies on high and rising home values, and scaling up efforts to limit housing loss to short term rental platforms like Airbnb.
$300,000.00
2021

Vancouver Island University

The Journey of Decolonization Through Reciprocal Learning

As part of the Learning Partnership Agreement between the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Vancouver Island University, and School District 84 we acknowledge the collective responsibility for the success of Indigenous learners attending VIU. Together we seek to ensure courses containing Nuu-chah-nulth content are co-developed, co-owned and co-evaluated by the Nuu-chah-nulth people and VIU. We are contributing to healthy student transitions to university and disrupting colonial representations of who holds the knowledge and authority to decide what learning outcomes are met and how. The partnership upholds articles in the TRC’s Calls to Action and the UNDRIP.
$300,000.00
2021

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

Extending the Reach of Child & Youth Advocacy Centres to all BC Children

Child abuse and sexual assault against children transcends gender, race, education, family structure and socioeconomic class. It can happen to any child, and does so everyday in BC. How we respond determines whether children heal, or whether trauma follows them for the rest of their lives. Child and Youth Advocacy Centres are proven models that maximize the effectiveness of services already in place, but are difficult to access following a traumatic event. CYAC's provide a single location where police, social workers,and victim services workers work together to determine how best to help children in need. This project will extend the reach of CYAC's to more BC communities and children.
$300,000.00
2019

Watari Research Association

Olla Comunitaria (Community Pot): Food Sovereignty through the DTES Community Kitchens (DECK) Network

Watari believes that food is a fundamental human right and that there is a critical need to establish food sovereignty for all. In collaboration with the DTES Community Kitchens (DECK) Network, we will develop and strengthen a community-owned food system. By working with members of Indigenous, low-income, and marginalized communities, we will alter the current charitable food system by creating food security that is grassroots, innovative, decolonizing, and paradigm-shaping towards food sovereignty and positive community impact. In doing so, people will gain dignity and control over their own food.
$300,000.00
2021

WePress Community Arts Space Society

Centering the Margins: Creating Social Change through Art and Advocacy

Many artists in the Downtown Eastside face a constant struggle for survival that prevents them from engaging in art-making and cultural practices, which not only offer joy and self-expression but are also key aspects of community resilience and advocacy. WePress will help DTES artists self-determine and thrive by diverting resources and power to marginalized peoples so that they can steer their own engagement in art-making and culture. We will also work with others in the DTES to create a network of ethical, meaningful, and sustainable communities of care in which creativity and connection through art are an integral part of systemic change.
$300,000.00
2021

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Climate Law in our Hands – Phase 2

The economics of the global climate crisis are all wrong. As long as the balance sheets of global fossil fuel companies contain only the profits from oil, gas and coal, but none of the costs, those companies, their investors and governments will all make poor business choices. As our communities experiencing growing climate costs, we have the power to insist that those balance sheets need to include a share of those costs and that the companies begin taking responsibility for their products. Phase 2 of CLOH builds on its initial success to catalyze additional and increasingly forceful legal action by local communities for fossil fuel accountability.
$300,000.00
2019

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

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