Grants

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Farm Folk City Folk Society

Local Seed for BC Food Security

BC agriculture relies on imported seeds for food production, making our food security vulnerable to disruptions and risks beyond our control. A local seed system, wherein farmers and growers work together on seed production, would safeguard our food security by shortening supply chains and mitigating climate change impacts. Through education, training, collaboration, and outreach on seed security issues, FarmFolk CityFolk’s Local Seed for BC Food Security project works with BC farmers, seed growers, and the public to help expand and improve local seed production in ways that support agricultural economic viability, expand seed biodiversity, and increase the resiliency of our food system.
$300,000.00
2021

First Nations Educational Foundation

Digital Indigenous Language Revitalization Programs

Indigenous languages in British Columbia are critically endangered, a direct result of historical and contemporary colonization. Language loss has significant ramifications for First Nations communities, given that these languages carry a community’s history, cultural traditions, and spiritual beliefs within them. In this project, we aim to challenge valuations of Indigenous languages as ‘less than’, emphasize community ownership, and shift away from colonial Eurocentric approaches to language collection. Specifically, we will collaborate with three First Nations to create community-driven, interactive digital language platforms that reposition Indigenous languages as a source of pride.
$248,984.00
2021

First Nations Fisheries Charity Fund Society

Water for Fish: Supporting BC First Nations Engagement in Fresh Water Governance and Stewardship

First Nations have practiced sustainable guardianship of lands and waters for thousands of years and have an essential role in addressing the challenges that water in BC will face in the years ahead. While a small handful of communities are leading freshwater protection initiatives in their territories, a number of long-standing barriers prevent the full engagement of First Nations as decision makers. By convening First Nations to speak with a unified voice and supporting their capacity to protect Aboriginal water rights, this indigenous-led project will ultimately change the way freshwater is managed in BC and define the future of water for all British Columbians for generations to come.
$300,000.00
2018

Foundation for Social Change

Scaling cash transfers for poverty reduction

To date Canada’s primary response to a homelessness crisis has been to manage through the provision of income assistance, and emergency services, such as shelters, day programs and meal programs. This response costs, on average $55,000 per person per year. Our emerging evidence base shows that direct cash transfers help people achieve successful outcomes with dignity, while reducing demands on the shelter system and saving money. To scale, we will disburse more cash transfers, grow our evidence base, and use this data to influence the provincial government to rethink welfare rates, income distribution and the systems through which we support people experiencing homelessness and poverty.
$200,000.00
2021

Fraser Health Authority

La Vway Deu/Neso

The health care system is at critical juncture. The BC Ministry of Health issued an apology to Indigenous peoples for systemic racism in health care resulting in inequitable access to and experience of care. The project, co-led by Métis Nation BC and Fraser Health, builds on Métis community-driven priorities to destabilize exclusionary strategic thinking and operational patterns. Historically, the health care system has heard Métis stories without listening, listened to stories without acting, and acted without listening. La Vway seeks to ensure Métis voices are no longer rendered invisible to policy makers, program planners and care providers. Systemic racism requires systemic action.
$298,034.76
2021

La vway (Voice) – Filling the knowledge gap with Métis patient voices

Despite representing 1/3 of the total Indigenous population in British Columbia, there is a deep absence of qualitative and quantitative data on Métis health experiences thus contributing to the legacy of the Métis as Canada's forgotten people.. Indigenous health is already underrepresented in health research and Métis voices are uniquely excluded from this work. Fraser Health and Metis Nation British Columbia are jointly proposing a concerted effort to engage Métis Communities to create a community-driven Metis health plan. By incorporating direct input from Métis Citizens and upholding their voices in decision making, we will ensure our work is respectful, viable, and culturally safe.
$18,450.00
2019

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

Investigating Systems of Environmental Protection

Protection of ecosystems is a serious issue locally and globally. An environmentally sensitive area in Abbotsford is facing ongoing developmental pressures. Economic growth at the expense of ecological integrity is part of the dominant capitalist system. How can a community protect its landscape? At the Fraser Valley Conservancy we use targeted outreach programs to encourage environmental stewardship on private lands. However, we are unsure if this is the best way to achieve ecosystem protection. To plan how we can be successful at affecting systems change, we will undertake a community case study examining the impacts of the political, sociological, and economical systems at play.
$11,407.00
2019

Frontier College

Community Literacy Catalyst Project – Vancouver Island

Frontier College’s Community Literacy Catalyst Project supports Indigenous communities in meeting their own literacy and learning needs. The program pairs a member of an Indigenous community (the CLC) with a Frontier College mentor. Supported by the mentor, the CLC identifies the community’s literacy needs and priorities, then plans and implements customized, accessible, and culturally relevant programming to fill those needs, over a minimum three-year period. The CLC Project is an evidence-based, community-driven education initiative for children, youth, and adults, which puts Indigenous rights, knowledge, language, and culture are at the heart of program design and delivery.
$300,000.00
2021

Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Done with Diversity: Reframing the future for Indigenous and Racialized Artists

Current shifts in the arts system to address systemic racism, have included various forms of affirmative action policies, & mandated representation from “diverse” communities. However, without transforming the ways that Indigenous arts practices are valued, which includes shifting the ways that cultural practices are funded, these barriers will continue. The current system invites Indigenous artists and artists of colour to have a seat at the table, however we did not build the table the chairs, nor did we pick the room! We want to build an entirely new table & choose a space that centres Indigenous voices and values in solidarity with a plurality of cultures and communities.
$300,000.00
2019

Galiano Conservancy Association

One Island, One Earth - An Ecological Footprint for Galiano Island

The One Island, One Earth Initiative aims to engage the small island communities of the Salish Sea in documenting their Ecological Footprints and mobilizing together to address the climate crisis. Using Galiano Island as a pilot, we will adapt Ecological Footprint methodologies for a small island context by convening regional experts, indigenous knowledge holders, and community members, deploying the concept of the ‘Island Ecological Fingerprint’ to guide the community effort to recognize and live within our ecological means. Information generated will address a lack of baseline data that currently impedes the islands’ ability to prioritize and measure progress on climate actions.
$99,950.00
2021

One Island, One Earth Initiative

This project aims to engage small island communities throughout the Salish Sea in documenting their 'island ecological fingerprints' and mobilizing together to address the climate crisis. Starting with Galiano Island, we will adapt ecological footprinting methodologies to a small island context by convening regional experts and stakeholoders, using the concept of 'one island, one earth' to guide the community effort to recognize and live within our ecological means. By building our 'fingerprints' from the ground up and strategically re-localizing and reducing consumption, we can show that small island communities are not passive victims of climate, but rather leaders in powering change.
$20,000.00
2020

Gathering Voices Society

Bringing Fire Back to the Land: Re-Empowering First Nations’ Fire Management

Fire management BC requires a transformation to better deal with wildfire threat. Independent reports argue that power over fire management be decentralized and devolved to First Nations to better protect their communities. Mega fires, like that seen in 2017, can be mitigated through prescribed burns and better fuel load management. Empowering the Yunesit’in and Xeni Gwet’in Governments to bring fire back to their lands will improve safety, create jobs and potentially deliver a range of ecological, governance, social, cultural and health benefits to these communities. We aim to understand what positive outcomes come from this project, and develop tools to catalyze these programs across BC.
$150,000.00
2018

Georgia Strait Alliance

Climate accountability: Building power of climate-engaged grassroots leaders and municipalities

Currently all local climate adaptation costs are borne by local governments while the fossil fuel industry makes hundreds of billions and takes no fiscal responsibility for the impacts of the use of its products. GSA is in communities supporting grassroots leaders and elected officials to recognize and use their power to change this system by gaining accountability from the oil and gas industry for their fair share of remediation costs, from flooding to drought to wildfires. Being held fiscally accountable for these impacts, the industry will ultimately recognize the economic case for transition to clean energy solutions and stop burdening local governments with billions of dollars in costs.
$130,000.00
2019

Gitanyow Huwilp Society

Gitanyow Reconciliation Trail

The Gitanyow peoples want to work towards reconciliation with Canadians in a way that will strengthen a land based sustenance economy & our cultural capacity. The 127km Reconciliation Trail & cabin system could be a powerful exertion of the Gitanyow Constitution & worldview on the land that disrupts Canada’s enduring colonial system and its effects of economic exclusion and denial of land rights. It could be a leap forward to greater food security, knowledge & skills sharing for the Gitanyow and Canadians. The late Simogit Sindihl said, “every forest service road is our trapline. My mother watched as our cabins were destroyed and we were never allowed to return.”. It is time that we return.
$20,000.00
2020

Glen Vowell Band

Story Shifters and Sik-e-Dakh Food Sovereignty Project: Unlearning Systemic Settler Bias and Decolonizing Food Systems

Colonialism has dispossessed Indigenous peoples from their lands through ongoing systemic enactments of settler supremacy, creating food insecurity for Indigenous communities. Sik-e-Dakh enacts structural change in reciprocal relationships & food practices as community members work together to grow, harvest, prepare, and share food, and care for land. Story Shifters creates transformative change by making implicit bias visible so that settlers shift dominant narratives of power to find a path to decolonize.The goals are for Indigenous people to live sovereign lives on their lands & settlers to unlearn long-established relationship patterns of colonization that harm Indigenous people.
$300,000.00
2021

Global Youth Education Network Society

Advancing Race Equity from the Ground Up: Hua Foundation's Race Equity Project

In a city slow to address the dire lack of diverse lived experiences at the decision-making table, hua foundation’s Race Equity Project provides the tools, strategies, and support for the next generation to drive social change and challenge the systemic racism that has too often denied them a voice and an opportunity. This project addresses a critical gap that has yet to be addressed on scale: changing systemic behaviours by holding space for productive, solutions-oriented explorations of race in Vancouver and equipping the next generation with the competencies to engage meaningfully in their communities—on their terms.
$300,000.00
2019

Unpacking White Privilege in the Food Movement

Food movements across BC are making huge progress in recognizing the dominant food system’s injustices and oppressions. Topics such as Indigenous food sovereignty and Reconciliation, migrant and racialized food labour, parallel Chinese farming systems, and the racial dimensions of food insecurity are gaining prominence in the discourse and work of mainstream food actors across non-profit, public, and private sectors. Our project will bring key stakeholders together to develop a plan on how to unpack these institutionalized structures that often reinforce oppression and how to move forward as a truly inclusive and reconciliatory food movement.
$8,800.00
2018

GREATER TRAIL COMMUNITY SKILLS CENTRE SOCIETY

Persistent Barriers to Women in Non-Traditional Employment

This project will identify structural and/or systemic barriers to women choosing and sustaining satisfying well-paid careers in non-traditional work in the Kootenay region. We will work with women, employers, unions, and educators to identify current and ongoing barriers. Our project objectives include research and literature review of quantitative data sources and participant forums to obtain qualitative data in order to identify actual and perceived barriers, a final report summarizing findings, and a project plan for a future pilot to continue work towards the elimination of structural and systemic barriers to progress.
$20,000.00
2020

Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Society

Transforming Justice in Theatre

Existing systems (or lack thereof), power dynamics, limited resources, and the often precarious nature of work of potentially vulnerable artists and arts workers, pose barriers to the reporting of and resolution of incidents of harassment, bullying, discrimination, and abuse in the workplace. We aim to involve the theatre community in a consultation process to explore the ways that restorative and transformative justice practices and principles can be utilized to build a community-led system of accountability and justice for the sector.
$20,000.00
2020

DiverseTheatreBC (DTBC) Digital Platform Project

The Canadian theatre/opera sector faces unique challenges in seeking to address systemic racism & white supremacy through increased representation & inclusion of Indigenous & racialized artists, and the artistic work of those from marginalized communities. DiverseTheatreBC is a digital platform that will foster intersectional interculturalism, building greater diversity, collaboration & community in BC. Its central tool will be a searchable database of Indigenous and racialized artists – performers, playwrights, directors, designers, opera singers and other theatre professionals – which engagers (theatres, schools, social non-profits, film/TV casting directors) may access as subscribers.
$100,000.00
2018

Greater Vancouver Society to Bridge Arts and Community

CultureBrew.Art (CBA)

The BC performing arts & media sectors face unique challenges in seeking to address systemic racism & white supremacy through increased representation & inclusion of Indigenous & racialized artists, and the artistic work of those from marginalized communities. CultureBrew.Art is a web platform that fosters intersectional interculturalism by building connection, collaboration, and community. Its central tool is a searchable database of Indigenous & racialized artists – performers, writers, directors, designers, composers, filmmakers, & other arts professionals – to which arts & cultural orgs, schools, social service agencies, film/TV production, and government may access as subscribers.
$300,000.00
2021

MEASURING THE VALUE OF CREATIVITY

The issue being addressed is the lack of public understanding about the social value of arts and creativity and the impact it has on our indivIdiual health and well-being. MEASURING THE VALUE OF CREATIVITY seeks to discover how the a wide cross-section of the public perceives the role that creativity plays in their everyday lives. Once we understand that, we can build on strengthening their understanding of the connection between creativity, health and well-being by creating a public marketing campaign that encourages everyone to engage in regular creative activity as a means to a happier, healthy life.
$20,000.00
2020

Green Technology Education Centre of Greater Vancouver Society

Neighbourhood Environmental Education project

The GTEC Neighbourhood Environmental Education project addresses the issue of the climate crisis via a community development model. Community development and education are essential components of a timely response because social change typically take place through the activation of networks of connected people. Neighbourhood Houses with their high degree of connectivity to local communities are ideal partners. Project development features an iterative process beginning with an initial design, engagement of community partners, widespread consultation with community constituencies, the participation of existing environmental organizations, developmental evaluation and scalability.
$20,000.00
2019

Grizzly Bear Foundation

Indigenous Leadership for Grizzly Bear Conservation and Coexistence

“We are the last generation that can save nature.” - WWF. To stop this dramatic loss of biodiversity we need systems change that will accelerate conservation and renew our relationship with the natural world. Grizzly bears and Indigenous led conservation are essential to help us get there. Grizzlies inspire awe and strengthen our connection to the wild. They are known as conservation umbrellas –safeguarding a diversity of species and habitats through their protection. First Nations have been steward to our ecosystems since time immemorial, with unique relationships, knowledge, and values essential to conservation. Together they can have a powerful impact on furthering conservation goals.
$300,000.00
2021

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