Awarded Grants

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Access to Media Education Society

Youth-MADE (Media Arts Diversity Education and Empowerment)

Youth-MADE is a media arts outreach program that creates video-based youth-made resource packages for high school and elementary students. It also trains up to 20 culturally diverse youth facilitators, and develops and delivers a series of youth-facilitated workshops for students, educators and administrators. For example, a module about the experiences of urban and rural Aboriginal youth discusses holistic ways to heal intergenerational trauma.

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council

Dakelh Language Teacher/Elder in Residence at Aboriginal Choice School

The purpose of this project is to bring a Dakelh language teacher/elder-in-residence program to Carney Hill Elementary School, which will become the Prince George Aboriginal Choice School in September 2010. The elder will act as a culturally supportive person to the entire school population and teach the Dakelh language in an immersion style within the Strongstart classroom.

Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC Inc.

A Sound Move -Tele-intervention Project for Deaf Babies

This innovative project uses new technologies to provide direct service delivery to deaf/hard of hearing babies and children in rural, remote and underserviced BC communities. It counters geographic and financial challenges for persons whose children are deaf or hard of hearing. Sophisticated assistive-hearing technologies such as cochlear implants provide children who are deaf an opportunity to participate fully in a hearing world. Early intervention therapy is essential to ensure that an infant/child develops listening and speech skills to his or her maximum potential.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Community Capacity Development for Promoting Social Inclusion for Young Children

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now occurs in about 1 in 110 children in BC and is the fastest growing developmental disability. The ability for social play, interaction, and communication is one of the primary deficits of children with ASD. They are at risk of being rejected, alienated, and bullied within their community environment. Schools and families are searching for new and unique ways to support children with ASD and their peers. This project will provide much needed capacity within BC communities to improve the well being of children with ASD and have a long term impact on their development. We will work in partnership with community implementation teams made up of of local professionals and parents to provide the materials and the necessary skills for them to support the implementation of a new, innovative program called, "Can I Play Too?", in their schools and other community settings. The project will support and improve the quality of life for young children aged 3 to 12 with autism, their families and their typically developing peers both individually and as a whole.

Justice Education Society

Citizenship: Law, Government and Community Engagement School Curriculum

The Society has developed a new education resource on law, government and active citizenship for use by Grade 7 to 11 students. The goal is to better prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities. The resource has been piloted in schools and final materials will be distributed to teachers in spring.

Multifaith Action Society of B.C. (MAS)

Be The Change Student Initiative

Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is working collaboratively with Be The Change Earth Alliance (BTCEA) to bring the Student Initiative to secondary schools in Vancouver. Developed by teachers, students, and social scientists working with professionals in eco-psychology, facilitation & team building, it offers powerful experiential education about leadership & sustainability. Students enjoy a 4-part program: 1) interactive video-enriched assembly that motivates students to bring a sustainable focus to clubs/classrooms; 2) leadership training that teaches small group process & how to use the “Action Guide”, 3) facilitation workshops for university students to mentor high-school 'Action Circles', 4) 'Action Circles' where secondary students become leaders and support each other to make sustainable choices at home, school, & in community. This January we have a unique opportunity to work with 270 students & 4 Planning 10 teachers at Vancouver Tech Secondary to integrate the Action Circle program into core curriculum and create a teacher’s manual to make it accessible to other teachers.

Ocean Wise Conservation Association

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup—Curriculum Models for Schools

For one week each September, thousands of volunteers gather in many communities across Canada to clean up kilometers of shoreline. With its elements of science, geography, civics and other subjects, teachers have been asking for a curriculum to bring the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup into the classroom. This project will create a school curriculum based on the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

Pacific Community Resources Society

Learning Is First (LIFT)

This after-school program helps young people succeed in high school and beyond. Using over 60 LIFT-trained volunteer tutor-mentors, they provide integrated tutoring, mentoring and recreation to 150 youth in Grades 6 to 10. Their volunteers are university students, professionals and often aspiring or trained teachers. At least 50 per cent of their participants are at-risk based on academic, behavioral or socioeconomic criteria. Working with service providers, LIFT is able to provide a level of after-school support that schools do not have the resources to provide.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Gitga'at Territory Education Program

This innovative partnership between the Hartley Bay School and three non-governmental organizations will inventory coastline vegetation to create interactive base maps. It is critical that sea resources such as eelgrass and kelps be inventoried to quantify the values at risk from proposed oil tanker routes in Gitga'at territory. Students will be trained in scientific methodologies while reinvigorating an appreciation and knowledge of Gitga'at traditional culture. Students and teachers will have access to tools such as GIS software and maps, remote cameras and more.

School District #27 - Cariboo-Chilcotin

Bringing the World of Learning to Remote Learners-Connections Through Technology

In the Cariboo-Chilcotin, there are 202 students, predominantly of First Nations ancestry, in five remote schools. When they reach high school they must move to an urban centre, where they are isolated from their family and community. This can lead to high dropout rates, substance abuse and depression. This initiative brings expert teachers to secondary students in a daily virtual environment, and provides students with skills to excel in a highly technological society. It also expands service to Band Schools and remote adult students and builds capacity through staff training.

School District #39 - Vancouver

Stories from the elders

Students will work with Pacific Cinémathèque to create short videos connecting them with their community elders. They will create visual stories identifying culture, detailing elder relationships and sharing the individual stories of elders and youth. The students will use music, technology and media to share stories with each other, their community and their families.

School District #40 - New Westminster

Aboriginal Student Retention Project

This project targets at-risk students in Grades 4 to 7 and Aboriginal youth in Grades 10 to 12 in New Westminster. Cultural teachings, social/emotional and academic support are available during the day, but students also need after-school support. The program will run twice a week at two inner-city schools. Project facilitators will train and support mentors to model healthy behaviours while developing leadership skills and ancestral pride in at-risk children. The goal is to help students develop positive self-esteem, make healthy choices and engage with positive Aboriginal role models.

School District #79 - Cowichan Valley

Khowemun Pre-School/Kindergarten Smart Table Culture & Language Project

This project focuses on meaningfully integrating Aboriginal language and culture into the daily routine of pre-school and kindergarten programs at Khowhemun School. While Cultural Teaching Assistants are working desperately to revitalize Aboriginal students’ connection to their language and culture, there is a certain degree of concern that it is almost “too little, too late.” The language and culture needs to be integrated throughout the day. The Cultural Teaching Assistants and elders have designed culture and language activities, including using integrated interactive technology to provide resources in the classroom and follow-up practice in the computer labs.

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Going Wild! Non-Timber Forest Products Education

This new program is a collaboration between the Sierra Club and the Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative, an alliance of First Nations on BC’s north and central coast. Sierra Club will develop a guidebook and educational program to reconnect youth in coastal First Nations communities with their environment and cultures, and to revitalize local economic development in rural areas in sustainable, culturally appropriate ways. Going Wild! covers ecosystems, relationships with nature, economy and consumption patterns and more.

Snuneymuxw First Nations

Snuneymuxw First Nation's House of Learning (in the Snuneymuxw community)

In September 2006, this Vancouver Island First Nation had 56 per cent unemployment. They conducted a community literacy survey and discovered that 64 per cent of their adult members were reading at a Grade 7 level or below. They created the House of Learning to address this issue. Vancouver Island University instructors teach day (literacy up to Grade 10) and evening classes (Grades 11 and 12) to approximately 25 adult students over three semesters. This creates a bridge for higher education, and an environment that is respectful and supportive.

Spo7ez Cultural Centre and Community Society

Aboriginal Youth Ambassador - 2010 Curriculum Formalization Project

Aboriginal youth ages 17 to 30 will have the opportunity to receive industry-recognized training, exposure to the post-secondary education environment, and meaningful work experience at high-traffic tourism venues. This proven model is designed to create opportunities for high-risk Aboriginal youth, who primarily live on reservations and face poverty and low literacy. It strengthens cultural connections by working with elders and indigenous cultural experts from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations and assists in developing successful work and education patterns. This highly successful model, designed to create opportunities for high risk aboriginal youth, who primarily live on reservations and face multiple barriers (e.g. poverty, low literacy levels), strengthens cultural connections by working with elders and other indigenous cultural experts from a range of Squamish and Lil'wat Nation aboriginal communities and assists in developing successful work and education patterns. Funding provided by the Vancouver Foundation for this project will enable the formalization of the program and provide for 3.0 credit. This credit will create a bridge to further education and increase opportunities for participants.


Integrated Media Literacy Project

In-class professional development sessions will engage Lower Mainland teachers in integrating media literacy techniques and free, user-friendly online technologies into the classroom. Media literacy is about understanding and learning about the media, as well as how to use various types of media and technology. Moving away from the usual approaches to media programming (one-off video projects and one-time guest presentations), this project aims to create long-term, self-sustaining, custom-fit programming that will empower teachers.

Thompson Rivers University Foundation

Assessing First Nations Language Proficiency in an Immersion Setting

Based in the Chief Atahm Immersion School, this project aims to develop and test Secwepemctsin language speaking proficiency for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. This will involve the development of specific testing protocols, and appropriate graphics depicting typical scenes to elicit descriptive responses. The process will be followed by a series of trials to determine the effectiveness of this method of assessing fluency in Secwepemctsin. This project will add a significant assessment component to the existing immersion curriculum.

UBC - Okanagan

Aboriginal Mentorship Program

Some Aboriginal students face challenges when returning to their communities. Both communities and students often feel that students’ new skills and knowledge were not developed through an indigenous lens. This project identifies and mitigates breakdown points, and helps students share what they’ve learned with their community. Using a structured, three-month mentorship model, students develop, deliver, manage and evaluate a community development program while building relationships with their community.

WSÁNEC School Board

STÁ,SEN TTE SENCOTEN- Language Revitalization and Sustainability Plan

This project will facilitate the revitalization and sustainability of the Sençoïen language at their band-operated school. Their five-year mission is to establish immersion programming from pre-school to Grade 3. They have hired six language apprentices to work with a language team, including three current language instructors who will soon retire. They seek on-going funding for their master/apprentice relationships between their 15 remaining fluent elders and their dedicated young adult apprentices.