Awarded Grants

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Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Done with Diversity: Reframing the future for Indigenous and Racialized Artists

Current shifts in the arts system to address systemic racism, have included various forms of affirmative action policies, & mandated representation from “diverse” communities. However, without transforming the ways that Indigenous arts practices are valued, which includes shifting the ways that cultural practices are funded, these barriers will continue. The current system invites Indigenous artists and artists of colour to have a seat at the table, however we did not build the table the chairs, nor did we pick the room! We want to build an entirely new table & choose a space that centres Indigenous voices and values in solidarity with a plurality of cultures and communities.
$300,000.00
2019

Glen Vowell Band

Story Shifters and Sik-e-Dakh Food Sovereignty Project: Unlearning Systemic Settler Bias and Decolonizing Food Systems

Colonialism has dispossessed Indigenous peoples from their lands through ongoing systemic enactments of settler supremacy, creating food insecurity for Indigenous communities. Sik-e-Dakh enacts structural change in reciprocal relationships & food practices as community members work together to grow, harvest, prepare, and share food, and care for land. Story Shifters creates transformative change by making implicit bias visible so that settlers shift dominant narratives of power to find a path to decolonize.The goals are for Indigenous people to live sovereign lives on their lands & settlers to unlearn long-established relationship patterns of colonization that harm Indigenous people.
$300,000.00
2021

Global Youth Education Network Society

Advancing Race Equity from the Ground Up: Hua Foundation's Race Equity Project

In a city slow to address the dire lack of diverse lived experiences at the decision-making table, hua foundation’s Race Equity Project provides the tools, strategies, and support for the next generation to drive social change and challenge the systemic racism that has too often denied them a voice and an opportunity. This project addresses a critical gap that has yet to be addressed on scale: changing systemic behaviours by holding space for productive, solutions-oriented explorations of race in Vancouver and equipping the next generation with the competencies to engage meaningfully in their communities—on their terms.
$300,000.00
2019

Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community

CultureBrew.Art (CBA)

The BC performing arts & media sectors face unique challenges in seeking to address systemic racism & white supremacy through increased representation & inclusion of Indigenous & racialized artists, and the artistic work of those from marginalized communities. CultureBrew.Art is a web platform that fosters intersectional interculturalism by building connection, collaboration, and community. Its central tool is a searchable database of Indigenous & racialized artists – performers, writers, directors, designers, composers, filmmakers, & other arts professionals – to which arts & cultural orgs, schools, social service agencies, film/TV production, and government may access as subscribers.
$300,000.00
2021

Grizzly Bear Foundation

Indigenous Leadership for Grizzly Bear Conservation and Coexistence

“We are the last generation that can save nature.” - WWF. To stop this dramatic loss of biodiversity we need systems change that will accelerate conservation and renew our relationship with the natural world. Grizzly bears and Indigenous led conservation are essential to help us get there. Grizzlies inspire awe and strengthen our connection to the wild. They are known as conservation umbrellas –safeguarding a diversity of species and habitats through their protection. First Nations have been steward to our ecosystems since time immemorial, with unique relationships, knowledge, and values essential to conservation. Together they can have a powerful impact on furthering conservation goals.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Health Justice Society

Mental Health Act Reform Project

The Mental Health Act Reform Project aims to modernize the legislation that governs detention and involuntary mental health treatment. Under the current Act, people who are subject to involuntary treatment often have experiences that undermine their human rights and dignity. Those experiences can alienate them from services, undermining their health. BC’s system also lacks the transparency and safeguards adopted by other provinces and countries. The Project brings together human rights research and lived experience expertise in partnership to influence change in the form of a new Mental Health Act that better supports the human rights of people subject to involuntary treatment in BC.
$300,000.00
2021

Kelowna Community Resources Society

Breastfeeding Systems Change Project

This project is a partnership between KCR Community Resources & Interior Health, overseen by a multi-sector Steering Committee. It continues the Breastfeeding Art Expo and Breastfeeding Journey Mapping projects (www.breastfeedingchange.ca), which identified lived experiences of systemic barriers to breastfeeding best practices within health facilities and the community. Through a range of pilot projects within hospitals and community, our goal is to launch innovative solutions to help shift thinking and implement best practices to better support mothers to breastfeed. The long-term goal is to improve rates of sustained breastfeeding and so obtain the many health benefits of breastfeeding.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Living Lakes Canada Society

Columbia Basin Water Monitoring Initiative: Developing an Innovative Water Monitoring Collaborative Framework and Data Hub

This initiative will coordinate, collaborate, and communicate a systemic framework for addressing water monitoring data collection and open source data storage needs in the Columbia Basin. With cross-sector participation, including Indigenous and non-indigenous governments, this initiative will build upon the backbone of government water monitoring. It will address identified water data gaps and help to prioritize the expansion of water monitoring, including support for community-based monitoring. The outcome is for more informed, collective water resource decision-making towards increased ecosystem and community resiliency in the face of a changing climate.
$300,000.00
2019

Longterm Inmates Now in the Community

A new vision for public safety through connection, inclusion and valuing the contributions of all

Public safety is the pressing issue the project is addressing. The current criminal justice model reflects the inherent biases in society & the political views of whatever party is in power. Offenders, victim/survivors & the wider community are kept separated from each other & the correctional system. For the most part, they are unable to contribute to public safety in any meaningful way. Changing the existing paradigm to one that stresses accountability & utilizes a transformative approach will build relationships that ultimately keep society safer. By scaling up the Emma's Acres project, more offenders will be able to give back to victims & society.
$300,000.00
2019

Lookout Society

Harm-Reduction Decluttering Best Practices

There is a high prevalence of Hoarding Disorder among vulnerable individuals, yet there is little knowledge on best practices to inform housing operators and service providers. Lack of knowledge results in traumatic invasive actions that deepen the current housing crisis through evictions and increased trauma. The clutter that results from untreated hoarding poses fire and health risks to individuals, their neighbours and communities. By increasing awareness and developing effective, ethical best practices for housing operators, policy makers and service providers this project will increase housing retention, improve community safety and reduce HD-related costs.
$300,000.00
2021

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

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Kahkwa: DTES Indigenized Food Sovereignty Cooperative

Kahkwa: DTES Indigenized Food Sovereignty Co-operative is developing skills and capacity to build food sovereignty according to the indigenous way of being. DUDES Club alongside a coalition of community members and grassroots organizations are working to meet emergency food needs while transforming the food system. We are building a shared food storage and processing facility to ensure a secure stream of healthy, culturally-appropriate food for DUDES and partner agencies. The first traditional Indigenous food processing facility in the area represents a step towards achieving our broader vision: to create a new community food system framework built on decolonial, Indigenous principles.
$300,000.00
2021

SRO Habitability and Tenant Well-Being Hub

Single room occupancy (SRO) hotels are almost a century old, in notoriously bad shape and renting to very low-income tenants at risk of rent increases and homelessness if they or their advocates push hard for repairs. NICCSS (Rent Bank, Better at Home) and the SRO Collaborative will demonstrate how introducing building committees, repair advocacy workshops, a light housekeeping service and more, will improve SRO habitability and tenant well-being, plus help us build an SRO Sector that can advocate for substantial SRO rehabilitation agreements that embed long term affordability and tenant centred supports into all SROs, reducing the community impact and costs of deep poverty and homelessness.
$300,000.00
2019

Our Place Society

Therapeutic Recovery Community

Homeless people suffering with addictions are currently being criminalized, and not receiving the treatment and support they need to heal, and to live healthy lives free from addiction. This Therapeutic Recovery Community project will be a showcase for a fundamentally different model for treating severe addictions. This project aims to influence addictions treatment policy by showing that this evidence based model works in our context. Our objective is to make this approach to treatment a more widespread and accessible option in the province and across the country.
$300,000.00
2018

Pacific AIDS Network

Reducing Impacts of Intersectional Stigma – Developing a Learning-Based Assessment and Action Cycle for Organizations

This innovative project will develop a capacity-building and initiative planning cycle for BC organizations to assess and address intersectional stigma within their organization and identify systemic barriers. The Stigma Assessment Cycle will support a culture of learning, exploring areas of strength and growth opportunities while actively planning for systems change. Working with people with lived/living experiences and organizations to lead and champion this project, we will improve outcomes related to stigma directed towards people who: have HIV and/or hepatitis C, use drugs, have challenges with mental health or substance use and other intersectional experiences of marginalization.
$300,000.00
2021

Pain BC Society

Addressing inequities in the management of chronic pain: From self-management to systemic change

Chronic pain is widespread, complex and requires a multi-faceted approach to treatment, including self-management. While efforts are underway to include affordable and effective treatment options within the healthcare system for people in pain, substantial work is required to address the needs of those facing structural barriers to accessing care. Working with community partners, Pain BC will adapt, implement, and evaluate an easy to access self-management class series for people living in marginalized conditions in BC. Participants will learn non-pharmacological pain management strategies and will be part of a collective effort to remove structural barriers to accessing equitable care.
$300,000.00
2018

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation

Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC

Each year, over 170 organizations try to save thousands of abandoned and mistreated pets in BC, saving every pet they can with no time to prevent harm in the first place. The Animal Welfare Advisory Network of BC was created to build capacity in this sector to partner, pool resources, share effective practices and create sustainable solutions that fundamentally reduce animal neglect, abandonment and cruelty. Together, we will ensure high standards are practiced by rescue groups, address the massive challenges in remote communities due to severely limited services, prevent harm and abandonment through a province network of foster families, and raise our professional practices.
$300,000.00
2019

Pender Charitable Foundation

Indigenous Poverty Reduction Project

The pressing issue we are trying to address is Poverty and the economic marginalization of Indigenous Peoples in BC. Indigenous People have been affected negatively by colonization and this project is designed to reverse that damage and build a bright future. The timing of this project is perfect. We are in an era of Reconciliation and this is a meaningful approach to achieve that vision. The status quo of poverty for Indigenous People is unacceptable. We will change systemic behaviours by empowering Indigenous social entrepreneurs, by building small and large networks that form an Indigenous economy, and by reducing racism through the strength and success of Indigenous Peoples.
$300,000.00
2018

Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society

PARC/Community Hub Project

Over 275 individuals and many others unknown to us in Abbotsford are experiencing multiple risks and multiple health and support care needs ranging from basic to complex. The meaningful engagement with this vulnerable population inclusive of involvement in the Hub development will result in improved uptake to treatment plans, acceptance of social and medical care and involvement in mutually agreed upon care plans to stabilize health and social well being. Not only will this
$300,000.00
2018

Public Health Association of BC

A Universal, Healthy School Food Program for British Columbia

In many countries around the world, school food programs are essential in ensuring children and youth have access to healthy food, to support their health and education. Yet, Canada is the only G7 nation without a national school food program. This project will support the work of the BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food (BC-CHSF), a network of passionate and experienced school food advocates and practitioners across the province. Through collaboration, advocacy, research, and engagement, the BC-CHSF will secure public investment in a universal, cost-shared, healthy, and sustainable school food program that meets the diverse needs of school communities across BC.
$300,000.00
2021

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Responsible Indigenous Strategy for Empowerment (RISE) Youth Leadership Initiative

RISE (Responsible Indigenous Strategies for Empowerment) involves a collaboration of several partners working together with the Vancouver Parks Board in a committed effort to ‘open the door’ for Indigenous youth to employment possibilities and as a way to create meaningful systems change. It does so by providing focused skill acquisition and experiences that are desired by employers and RISE leaders. RISE works to increase the skills, confidence, and ability of Indigenous youth to identify the gaps and barriers to reconciliation that may exist in mainstream community programming, and to propose and implement innovative solutions to make Community Centres more reflective and inclusive.
$300,000.00
2019

Regional District of Central Okanagan

k?úsx?nítkw (Okanagan Lake) Responsibility Planning Initiative

Current land use planning frameworks in the Okanagan region are threatening the livelihoods of communities and the ability of the environment to provide clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, and adapt to climate change. This initiative will use a Syilx n?awqnwix? community engagement process and develop a comprehensive Strategy to address systemic issues for protecting the environmental and cultural values of the Okanagan Watershed and develop new ways of caring for the land and water. This project will influence land use planning by creating new decision-making processes, policies, and practices for stronger environmental protection that provide meaningful and lasting change.
$300,000.00
2021

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