Awarded Grants

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Changing the face of conservation

Conservation is based on a colonial model that has a long history of contributing to systemic oppression, devaluing non-white worldviews, and Indigenous erasure. Governments would move people off land, violate their title and rights, and designate the area a park or protected area. Not surprisingly then, land and ocean conservation movements, and the people that work in conservation, are predominantly white and middle class. Meanwhile, marginalized communities are often the most affected by changes in climate or the environment, and today’s youth will bear the long-term burden of our current choices. As part of our ongoing work to both decolonize our organization – and influence decolonization in the movement – and to create more spaces for marginalized voices in decision making processes, we would like to more proactively challenge the status quo. While we do more decolonization, anti-oppression and diversity, equity and inclusion work with our staff and board, we would also like to create two new roles on our staff team for young Indigenous youth and folks of colour. The goal would be to have them work directly within our program teams and be fully engaged in decision making, policy development (both at an organizational level and a government level), and all aspects of programming. They will be mentored by staff at the organization to develop strong skills, while having space to shape conservation plans with their own knowledge and experience.

Global Youth Education Network Society

Right Relations Advisor

The Right Relations Advisor (RRA) position will provide a pathway to non-profit leadership for a young, Indigenous professional that extends beyond the frontline work that racialized youth are often silo-ed within. The RRA would provide organizational leadership that challenges how we, as the non-profit sector, are complicit in perpetuating colonial structures - and confront this head on! The RRA would focus on 3 strategies: - Lead genius in decolonizing our organizational systems: We believe that before we can demand better of others, we must demand better of ourselves. This work would include decolonizing our base curriculums, providing training, and examining our administrative systems, and /or other organizational systems that are rooted in processes that create barriers to true equity - Convene Indigenous and non-Indigenous young progressives: The non-profit sector is not immune to systemic racism - in fact, we can be the most blind to it! The RR Advisor will spark local conversations that bring together young professionals in a series of workshops and dialogue series to name & tackle these systemic blindspots in a community-driven report - Praxis: The burden of anti-oppression work often falls to those who are most affected by oppressive systems. It will be important for this role to be one of both teaching and learning. Through our partner, IndigenEYEZ, the RRA will have access to Indigenous-centred coaching, elder support, and professional development

McCreary Centre Society

Increasing leadership roles and opportunities for Indigenous members of the Youth Research Academy

In 2016 McCreary opened the Youth Research Academy (YRA) to train youth with care experience to conduct community-based research. To date, two cohorts have graduated and a third is in operation. The success of the YRA has attracted other funders and led to contracts with agencies which have helped make the YRA sustainable. Following the graduation of the first cohort, a YRA Alumni was formed to provide opportunities for graduates to contribute to ongoing projects and mentor new members during their induction. In 2018 this role was expanded to include greater responsibilities and leadership opportunities, and the position was extended to ten months. The position is currently held by an Indigenous member of the YRA Alumni who, in addition to providing mentorship to Indigenous members of the YRA, has assumed a leadership role on projects which aim to improve outcomes for Indigenous youth. Feedback collected through evaluation surveys have suggested the value of this role in promoting cultural safety and inclusion for Indigenous youth. Following the success of this temporary 9 hour a week position, this project seeks to create the role of Indigenous Peer Engagement Coordinator to increase engagement of Indigenous youth in the YRA, YRA Alumni, McCreary’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee (AAC), staff and Board. The role would offer ongoing employment to an Indigenous youth who faces barriers to employment and provide training to enhance their leadership and workplace skills.

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Right Relations: Centering Indigenous Leadership for the Environmental Non-Profit Sector

This project provides an opportunity for an Indigenous youth to lead the development of a Sierra Club BC outings program, as well as engage with senior staff and a board committee to strengthen organizational policy and approach to Indigenous relations, with mentorship from Indigenous elders and Indigenous board members. Sierra Club BC's Board of Directors recently called for an Indigenous solidarity lens to be applied to all we do. This builds on steps already taken: recruiting two Indigenous directors to the board; cultural sensitivity training for all staff (through Indigenous Perspectives Society); educating board members (presentations from Indigenous directors, participatory blanket exercise, hearing from a local elder); convening an Indigenous Rights and Solidarity sub-committee of the board (to provide input and direction); revising our education programs to better respect Indigenous knowledges; and, across all campaigns, seeking to follow and uplift leadership of Indigenous peoples—e.g. our Pull Together initiative raises funds for Indigenous-led legal challenges. The outings project (launching January 2019) originated when T’Sou-ke Nation knowledge-keeper Charlene George~kQwa’ste’not approached us to co-develop with her a place-based program that would deepen Sierra Club BC’s relations with local nations, build respect for Indigenous worldviews, and highlight best practices for how ENGOs can be in ‘right relations’ with the land and Indigenous peoples.

Tides Canada Initiatives

Inner Activist - Engagement and Building capacity with diverse young adults

The Inner Activist (IA) completed a comprehensive research project in 2006-2010 that acted as the foundation for the IA project, and the development of our course curriculum to date. The premise was to address and support the connection between our own individual development, intentions, and our external impacts and actions for change in the world, also taking into consideration systemic issues and oppression. However, the IA has recognized that it needs to do more in order to be reflective of more diverse populations, and be more responsive to the complex issues the world is facing. This comes with a strong commitment to diversify the IA spaces of decision making, together with strengthening the offerings through courses, workshops and events that build leadership with more diverse populations, in particular, young adults, racialized immigrant youth and indigenous communities. The IA is seeking support through this grant to increase job security for the Engagement and Events Manager, who is a young Muslim woman, and increase the resources offered to help young adults become coaches at the IA courses, in order to build their capacity through mentorship and community engagement with the hope of them eventually expanding their role with IA.

Vancity Community Foundation

Indigenizing Poverty Reduction

Indigenizing Poverty Reduction would enhance the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition's work in tackling poverty by bringing the critical issue of indigenous poverty to the forefront and mapping each theme through that lens: what are the specific housing, income, health, education and child care needs and solutions? and what are the legacies of colonization and present experiences of trauma that must be taken into account in shifting the foundation of the Coalition? how can we build on our human rights foundation to honour indigenous rights? Through this project, the Coalition would hire an indigenous youth in a staff leadership role to coordinate the outreach, research and development of the plan. With concrete and extensive support, this person would: engage indigenous organizations and individuals in a collaborative process to determine the vision of the strategy, and short, medium and long-term actions; research indigenizing efforts in the field of poverty reduction across Canada and more broadly; and continue the engagement of indigenous organizations and individuals in the Coalition to shift the perspective of the Coalition and inform our future work. Other staff and members, in particular, the Executive Committee, would go through education and training in meaningful reconciliation and indigenous rights and sovereignty in order to incorporate the issues in the foundation of the Coalition. The provincial government would also be engaged in the outcomes of the project.

Victoria International Development Education Association

Leaders Now

In the next 4-years, 210 Indigenous youth will pass through VIDEA's Indigenous Internship, Shared Wisdom, and youth-led reconciliation projects. This represents an unprecedented opportunity to build Indigenous Board leadership. Leaders Now develops on VIDEA's work in each of these projects, engaging Indigenous participants to: 1. Create a leadership development project that meaningfully responds to their own needs as emerging Indigenous leaders; 2. Explore the challenges that Indigenous youth face from their perspective in accessing, and thriving in Board roles; 3. Create, implement, evaluate, and refine with Indigenous youth, innovative tools that help them to better understand the role they can play in Board governance and decolonisation and that build their own Board knowledge, governance and leadership skills. 4. Create resources for VIDEA (and others) to use with Indigenous youth on an ongoing basis; 5. As appropriate, support participating youth to identify and take up Board roles and explore the role they can play in mentoring and encouraging peers into Board roles. Leaders Now will also explore the impact that funding relationships and mechanisms have on an organisations ability to decolonise organisational governance practices identifying opportunities for change; promote to other organisations the advantages of integrating Indigenous youth into their Boards; widely distribute new knowledge and tools to other organisations, youth, and funders.