Grants

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Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia

Permanency with an Indigenous Lens – Capacity Building and Collaboration

While Indigenous children remain starkly overrepresented in BC government care and among those waiting for adoption, the world of adoption and permanency is changing to focus on family preservation, the delegation of authority to Indigenous organizations, new forms of permanency, and maintaining cultural identity. However, the need for Indigenous-centred permanency efforts and culturally-appropriate resources to champion the well-being of Indigenous children and families at every step of their journey—before and after they find permanence—is enormous. This project will explore gaps in services and identify actions and collaborations to support Indigenous communities, families, and children.
$20,000.00
2020

Afro-Canadian Positive Network of British Columbia

The term is "sociological imagination", NOT "social imagination."

The main goal of the project is to provide mental health prevention and early intervention services to African-Canadians, including those living with HIV in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The focus is on the distinct mental health problems facing Black Canadians, which includes a large number of new immigrants and refugees, many of whom are grappling with HIV-related mental health issues. In line with these objectives, principles, and criteria, the project is designed as a multi-pronged, intersectional social and racial justice undertaking that will address mental health issues of Black British Columbians at the individual and community levels.
$20,000.00
2020

Art Starts in Schools Society

Arts Integrated Education for Social Justice

ArtStarts will identify systemic patterns, power dynamics, relationships, and advocacy required to shift the education system towards arts integration for social justice. In BC’s current K-12 system, the arts are siloed and devalued. Yet the arts are a valuable and transformative teaching tool that equip students to think deeply and critically about social justice, to cultivate empathy and creativity, and to inspire awareness and action to build a more inclusive and just society. Using an anti-oppression lens, ArtStarts will engage artists, teachers, parents, students and key policy and decision makers to learn about how to systemically embed arts in education.
$20,000.00
2020

Arts Umbrella Association

Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm

Arts Umbrella recognizes that systemic oppression, colonialism, and white supremacy exist heavily within the entire theatre ecology. For the next 12 months, we are committed to having conversations and participating in consultations with our community about equity, diversity, and inclusion. “Intersections – New Works for a New Paradigm” is a project that will inspire a bold transformation within arts education, as we aim to be more accessible and relatable in how we serve young people. This work is a necessary first step in our plan to advance the conversation of diversity and representation in our studios and on our stages. Our goal is to affect change for future generations of artists.
$20,000.00
2020

Bird Studies Canada/Etudes d'Oiseaux Canada

Shifting the Agricultural Sector to Bird-Friendly practices through certification

The project aims to address the role of agricultural intensification in the decline of birds. Our entry point into this complex issue are aerially insectivorous birds, which are protected under federal legislation, and which rely on farmlands for their survival. We will co-host stakeholder workshops with ECCC and the FPSI to understand barriers to implementing bird-friendly farming practices. Collaboratively, we will develop actions farmers can take towards bird-friendly farming certification. We will then engage the relevant stakeholders in the Fraser River Delta with experience applying third party certification process, and develop a model to ‘test-drive’ these actions on the ground.
$20,000.00
2020

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

Transforming BC’s Police Act

BCCLA’s Transforming BC’s Police Act project delves into the provincial Police Act to explore, research, investigate, and dialogue about ways in which this Act is upholding the oppressive, racist, violent, and unaccountable structure of present-day policing in BC. The Police Act in BC regulates a wide range of policing issues such as independent oversight, transparency, governance, structure, standards, funding, and training of policing agencies and police officers. We aim to develop a greater understanding of how the Police Act contributes to the ongoing crisis in police accountability, and to propose possible systemic interventions to lawmakers and government bodies for transformation.
$20,000.00
2020

British Columbia Law Institute

Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

The decision-making rights of people living with dementia are often not respected. Some people assume that if you have dementia you cannot understand information or make choices. Many people with dementia can make decisions, especially if they have support for their unique abilities. This project aims to: 1) Work with people with different kinds of disabilities to identify strategies that support them to be involved in decision-making; and 2) Create practical resources to teach health care stakeholders like doctors, nurses, long-term care facility staff, and family members how to support people living with dementia to participate as much as possible in the decisions that matter to them.
$300,000.00
2020

British Columbia Lung Association

Radon Action in BC: Building Momentum

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, emanating from the ground and accumulating in buildings. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, killing about 3,360 Canadians a year. While many countries, provinces and states have radon programs, there is little radon awareness and action in British Columbia. The British Columbia Lung Association has started a program on Healthy Indoor Environments with a focus on radon. We want to raise public awareness of the issue, empower people to understand the issue and take action and to build a provincial radon action plan. Together we can eliminate high radon inside BC homes and workplaces and save lives.
$147,052.00
2020

British Columbia Museums Association

Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit

Museums have an important role to tell the stories of the diverse communities they represent, but systemic and institutional racism has meant that white leadership decides which stories are told and how to tell them. Decolonizing Board Systems, a Governance Training Toolkit is the first stage of BCMA's initiative to support museums in becoming spaces of diversity, equity, and inclusion. BCMA will survey institutions to identify key needs and barriers that will inform the development of a preliminary collection of resources on diverse governance. Survey findings and toolkit feedback will inform development of additional targeted resources for the larger arts, culture, and heritage sector.
$20,000.00
2020

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

Incorporating Indigenous Legal Orders in Canadian Law

While organizing webinars, we will conduct interviews and research to learn more from both perspectives: the BC government and the First Nations Communities. Conducting the roundtables will enable use to dig deeper into the issues at stake to identify why the system remains as it is. This ongoing dialogue will take many forms and will help us refine our conclusions and develop more adapted education programs and training for people working in the legal system, but not exclusively. We would like to reach out to people in the health care system and education system too. How we educate students (law, police, probation, social workers, etc.) has a huge impact on how we can change the system.
$20,000.00
2020

Canadian Mental Health Association - Vernon & District Branch

Suicide Prevention Strategy

Suicide is the leading cause of injury-related death among children and youth in BC, with the Interior having the highest rate of suicide in the province. Reducing and preventing youth suicide by systems change will empower youth, parents, caregivers, teachers, community leaders to take purposeful action with an evidence-based approach to ensure a safe, supportive community for our youth. The inclusion of rural and Indigenous youth, LGBTQ+ youth, parents, community arts and recreational youth leaders to join with our existing partners will help ensure an inclusive, culturally informed development process.
$16,506.00
2020

Canadian Music Centre

CMC BC Decolonization & Reconciliation Project

3 years ago we began a land acknowledgement at start of concerts. We then made protocol visits to 3 First Nations on whose land we operate & held discussions with them. But those actions didn't lead to anything lasting & doing more was beyond our capacity-already stretched delivering our mission. This project will make it possible for us to play a lead role in a system-wide process of reconciliation, leading to a multi-year Indigenous-led action plan we hope the entire new music community can adopt and work to implement fostering meaningful Indigenous participation & engagement to help overcome painful legacy of negation. The entire budget is solely to fund Indigenous participation & travel
$18,000.00
2020

Chemainus Theatre Festival Society

Building Bridges, Building Community

The Chemainus Theatre Festival, in collaboration with the Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Advisory Council, will develop a plan to remove barriers to arts and build new bridges with community partners. By examining historic practices, devising new plans and taking action to address systemic challenges of access, CTF will develop insight, understanding and projects that impact patrons, theatre practitioners and the region. By examining the intersections of historic revenue models, artists need and community interactions, we hope to find and adapt robust models to improve arts and culture practices in the rural and remote region of Vancouver Island which we serve
$20,000.00
2020

City of Surrey

Connecting Community to Surrey Youth Leaving Care

Youth know what they need once they transition out of care, and we will support them to advocate for their priorities. We will bring together diverse organizations and connect youth to supportive adults in the community to ensure they feel supported as they transition into community. By coordinating at the grassroots level, we will be able to organize at the policy-making level. We aim to create a systems change and allow youth from care access to the same opportunities as their peers in other cities. Youth transitioning out of the care system have already been let down by various adults throughout their lives. Let’s ensure that cycle stops, so that they can find success in their own right.
$199,700.00
2020

Urban Heat Ready – learning from communities most impacted by urban heat

Urban heat disproportionately impacts marginalized communities in Surrey. Lack of access to cooling options like parks can contribute to these communities bearing the brunt of the heat burden in Surrey’s densely populated and rapidly urbanizing City Centre. As Surrey gets hotter due to climate change, there is opportunity to create lasting, equitable solutions to urban heat that work for all. By designing COVID-19 safe and inclusive engagement practices that value, uplift, and amplify the voices of marginalized communities, we can understand barriers within the existing systems that keep the issue in place and leverage opportunities to creating healthy, climate-resilient communities for all.
$20,000.00
2020

Columbia Institute

Investors for Affordable Cities

The Investors for Affordable Cities project will focus on the role that housing financialization has played in exacerbating inequality in British Columbia. While income inequality is a key contributing factor to economic inequality, wealth inequality is even worse. And in B.C., wealth inequality is driven in large part by real estate. The Investors for Affordable Cities project will mobilize institutions in the financial system to implement responsible strategies within their real estate portfolios, developing pressure at key points in the investment chain and with policy makers to stop predatory behavior and promote housing investment that supports inclusive communities.
$19,600.00
2020

Community Living Society

Remote Check-in Home Supports

Remote check-in home supports will offer improved choice and autonomy for people with intellectual disabilities regarding how they live and receive support. It will complement or replace traditional, scheduled in-person supports that are currently offered through service providers. Using a variety of technology (i.e. videophones, sensors, motion detectors, or cameras) the person can choose when and how check-ins occur. Parents have confidence that their loved one is safe and has the resources in place if needed. Meanwhile service providers, who experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, can re-deploy resources to individuals who require direct or in-home support.
$20,000.00
2020

Cowichan Social Planning Society

Indigenous Social Innovation Legacies

What would happen if our response to the COVID19 crisis were lead by Indigenous values and ways of knowing? This project will address the impacts of colonial Canadian history on Indigenous people and reduce systemic racism. The project features a legacy stage production of Cowichan Elders sharing personal stories and cultural teachings of Natsamaht Shqualwin, One Mind, One Heart to reach broader and targeted audiences in our community. An Indigenous Reconciliation Council will lead, advise, guide, and catalyse change in institutions across multiple sectors. A Legacy Fund will test innovative funding mechanisms for Indigenous initiatives, post COVID visioning and reconciliation efforts.
$300,000.00
2020

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society

Gendered Health Care in Cowichan: Systems Change Required

Our project is addressing the issue that women’s health care needs are underserved. We propose a deep analysis of the systems with which vulnerable women interact, to reduce vulnerabilities which include: child apprehension, domestic violence, sexual abuse by landlords, among others. We can help point the way forward by asking the users of the services for their insights into which parts of the system appear to be “stuck” as well as identifying possible ways to become “unstuck”. Addressing the issue of gaps in services, or lack of coordination of services, should mean more effective service delivery and better access to effective health care.
$15,600.00
2020

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia

(re)Imagining Suicide Intervention

Choosing between leaving a caller in a suicidal crisis unsafe or exposing a vulnerable person to a non-consensual, police-driven visit to an emergency room is an artificial choice created by a system that gives people in suicidal crisis limited routes to safety, care, and wholeness. We will engage crisis line callers, crisis line staff, police, ambulance, mental health service providers, and communities with combative relationships with police and mental health systems to identify and address the legislation, policies, procedures and assumptions that keep the system stuck in a pattern of traumatizing and re-traumatizing individuals in crisis.
$20,000.00
2020

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Let's Speak Up!

Let’s Speak Up! Is trying to address the power dynamics of decision making that exist in the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We hope to achieve this by facilitating relationships between city planners, elected representatives and local residents of the DTES. Through building these relationships, local residents can engage in planning processes and be a part of the decisions being made about the future of their neighbourhood during this crucial time. By shifting the power dynamics of decision making in the DTES, there can be a change in the flow of resources, better decision making with the input from people that are affected by those decisions and, as a result, more buy-in from community.
$135,000.00
2020

Electric Company Theatre Society

Developing authentic, decolonized and respectful Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Collaborative Processes in Theatre Creation.

This project addresses challenges in the accessibility, authenticity, equity and safety of cross-cultural collaborative theatre creations between Indigenous and non-indigenous artists and organizations. By leveraging Indigenous community and practitioner experience, feedback and insight, we will co-develop a collaborative, cross-cultural creative process framework that is welcoming to, and supportive of Indigenous artists. This will nurture meaningful, reciprocal relationships between Indigenous and Non-indigenous creators, foster Indigenous self-determination and leadership within Non-indigenous organizations, and create conditions for deeper, safer, more equitable artistic explorations.
$20,000.00
2020

Elk River Watershed Alliance

Community Base Water Monitoring - Sedimentation Investigation and Awareness

The Elk River Watershed is threatened dramatic increases in private land logging. The Elk Valley is 30% privately owned, and existing legislation governing private land logging provides minimal protection for riparian zones, streams and wildlife. The impacts of sedimentation and water quality degradation on local Westslope Cutthroat Trout, a blue listed species critical to the tourism industry, is currently unknown. This project will quantify the impacts of logging, educate the public and engage landowners to improve their work practices. This project is an important step to protecting the Elk River, its wildlife and the communities that depend on it.
$13,500.00
2020

Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation

Place-Based Responsibility: Design for Systems of Local Resilience

Dissociation from place, that is, lack of connection to where we are, in both the ecological and sociological sense, contributes to apathy for the environmental impacts of our decisions and actions; disregard, hostility or lack of trust for those around us; loneliness, loss of community or sense of belongingness; and lack of accountability to a meaningful community. Reorienting design practices to be actively led by those with place-based knowledge and sensitivity to contextual conditions will situate emerging designers within collaborative, sustainable, mutually-supportive networks that are responsible to place.
$20,000.00
2020

Fraser Valley Conservancy

Building Bridges for Environmental Protection Solutions

Protection of sensitive ecosystems is a serious issue locally and globally. The Fraser Valley Conservancy has investigated tree and stream protection in Abbotsford’s Bradner-Mt. Lehman neighbourhood and identified a need for more inter-agency communication and collaboration to address serious gaps in environmental legislation. This project will bring multiple government agencies together to facilitate collaboration and creative problem solving. Long-term engagement strategies will be developed and ready to test in the next phase, with the potential to transform environmental protection in this community and across the province of BC.
$14,158.00
2020

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