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.
$50,000.00
2018

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

In Solidarity- A Newcomer & Indigenous Youth Leadership Project

$50,000.00
2019

Environmental Youth Alliance

Developing a Leadership Continuum for Indigenous and Immigrant Youth

$50,000.00
2019

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

Surrey Indigenous Youth Advisory Council

$50,000.00
2019

Justice For Girls

Indigenous Young Women and Teenage Girls Recruitment and Hiring

$50,000.00
2019

Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society

Indigenous Co-Executive Directors (ICED)

$50,000.00
2019

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.
$50,000.00
2018

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services Society

Surrounded by Cedar Youth Council

$50,000.00
2019

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

Leadership through the seasons

$50,000.00
2019

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.
$50,000.00
2018

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.
$50,000.00
2018

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

West Coast YOUTH VOICES Project

$50,000.00
2019