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Axis Theatre Company

INHERITANCE: a pick-the-path experience

The majority of BC is unceded First Nations land, and Reconciliation cannot occur without rectifying the colonial system of “ownership” that ignores that fact. Therefore, in our Develop phase we staged the play “Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience”, which interactively involves audiences in a struggle over unceded property, ultimately inviting them to decide how the land will be stewarded. We now propose a remount and tours of this stage play; interactive film and audio versions; and a community reading version. These activities will test whether – from citizenry to government levels - we can inspire system change and reconcili-Action in regards to this occupied land we all depend on.

Home Is Where We Live Lifecycles Project Society

Seed the City: Growing Food and Future Food Leaders on School Grounds

Youth want opportunities to engage in solutions oriented livelihoods. They look at the ways in which we grow food, and realize we ought to be able to do better. Yet few opportunities exist for young people to explore urban agriculture as a viable career pathway. With schools among the largest landowners in cities, there is a unique opportunity to create a scaleable model that produces large amounts of nutritious food while connecting thousands of youth with the skills needed to implement food systems change. We will utilize micro-farm sites on school grounds to create career pathway programs that can inspire solutions oriented entrepreneurship in the next generation of urban farmers.

Justice For Girls

Strengthening the Education System’s Capacity to Address Sexual Violence in the Lives of Teenage Girls

Justice for Girls will work with education, health and community allies to improve the education system’s ability to address sexual violence in the lives of teenage girls. Girls who live in poverty, and who are marginalized by colonization, racism and other forms of discrimination, are more likely to be impacted by violence, so we will engage them to help shape the project and ensure this group benefits from our work. We will facilitate all levels of the school system to collaborate to address issues, beliefs and behaviour around sexual violence. Together, we will promote supportive learning and the training, resources and platform educators need to make change in their education community.

Kamloops Food Policy Council

Kamloops Food Processing and Innovation Hub

The Kamloops Food Hub will build a regenerative, sovereign and just local food system by providing support for food processing in the Kamloops region. Our current food system is not resilient in the face of climate and economic upset, it leaves many hungry, is wasteful, values profit over people and land, and does not adequately reward those who grow, process or sell food, or with traditional knowledge and practices. The Food Hub will create a positive feedback loop, encouraging more local production, value chain integration, and fostering collective business models that are necessary for this work to take place at a competitive scale.

Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families

Reducing Mental Health and Substance Use Stigma in New Westminster

There is documented evidence that fatal and non-fatal overdose has been increasing in New Westminster since 2015. These circumstances are an indication that the City of New Westminster is in urgent need to identify effective solutions for reducing the rate of drug-related overdose. The proposed intervention will influence the systemic behaviours behind the overdose crisis by addressing stigma at its multiple levels (self/internal, social, systemic): Self stigma, Project Angel Social stigma, Anti-Stigma Campaign Structural stigma, Anti-Stigma Workshops/Policy Guidelines

Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Shifting the policy landscape for Indigenous communities to advance B.C.’s clean energy economy

First Nations leadership in B.C.’s clean energy transition is vital to addressing inequality, tackling the climate emergency, and ensuring B.C. First Nations benefit from economic opportunities associated with meeting B.C.’s climate goals. However, the current policy framework is stacked against Indigenous clean energy projects and participation in the clean economy. This project aims to help re-position First Nations leadership at the forefront of energy policy development by identifying and starting to dismantle systemic barriers within the government and utilities, so government policy is aligned with Indigenous rights and B.C.’s legislative commitments via DRIPA and CleanBC.

posAbilities Association of British Columbia

Discretionary grant to PosAbilities' mandate to support children with developmental disabilities

Vancouver Foundation has made a discretionary grant to posAbilities, in support of its mandate to provide a broad range of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families, using unused distributions from highly restricted endowment funds. posAbilities currently serve more than 1,200 children and adults in Metro Vancouver and other parts of BC.

Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Chapter

Ocean Friendly Corridor in the Pacific Rim: Local Innovations for Plastic Pollution Reduction

The Ocean Friendly Corridor project is addressing plastic pollution on the Pacific Rim by challenging the roots of this issue by eliminating single use plastics, implementing circular economic practices and working with youth, businesses, and local governments to enact positive change for our coastline. By scaling our response from eliminating a few plastic items to all single use plastics, we are working to change the behaviour of our region by assisting in the implementation of plastic bans, working with businesses to help them eliminate plastics, empowering youth to continue leading this system change, and creating a pathway for this system to be replicated throughout the province.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Victoria Native Friendship Centre's Siem Lelum - a systems and policy change model

The pressing issue of affordable housing for off-reserve Indigenous people and those moving off reserve living in an urban setting, is being addressed by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre in its owned/operated 41-unit social housing village Siem Lelum or "Respected House" (Salish). Siem Lelum addresses housing in a more holistic and Indigenous view of community, that includes a community room and kitchen, with culturally-based programs designed by and for residents. From a social innovation lens, this model of culturally-supportive, affordable housing could impact government policies for urban Indigenous people and be used as a successful model for inclusive, stable housing in BC.