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Challenges and solutions for engaging youth in agriculture

The key system that we are wanting to change is lack of engagement of young people in careers in agriculture. High youth unemployment, ageing farmers and declining crop yields under traditional farming systems mean engaging youth in agriculture should be a priority. We will identify the challenges that keep young people from working in agriculture and provide solutions for making agriculture more attractive to younger generations. The Shelter Farm will remove the barriers that youth experience when wanting to start a career in small scale farming by providing access to land, equipment and training that they will require to be successful.

posAbilities Association of British Columbia

Meraki Boxes: Changing the Purpose and Culture of Social Services

Social services are crises-driven organizations that tend to focus on physical needs like safety, food, shelter, clothing and stabilization. They are driven by reporting and accountability regimes that strive for predictability, consistency and control. As such, their cultures are suffused with demands of compliance and conformance. Staff become stuck in routines; system users have their basic needs met, but not their existential ones. Meraki boxes are do-it-yourself kits that supply content to address existential needs like joy, beauty, love, humour, gratitude, and meaning. It also includes all the permissions for staff and users to try new things and to improvise on suggested content.

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.

Powell Street Festival Society

Leveraging our assets and knowledge for social change

Powell Street Festival Society aims to leverage its knowledge and assets to create organizational shifts and expand programming to address social and economic equity. Testing our Cultural Workers Training program as a means of sharing our technical and infrastructure assets so that we can provide opportunities for our group to train and hire local residents to help provide a mobile kitchen that offers space for respite, nourishment and community sharing. By expanding the social awareness of the whole organization and sharing it with affinity groups, we hope to learn the best ways to disseminate these resources and prototype this new facility and service.

Pride in Art Society

NIKA (Not In Kansas Anymore) Network: Cyclone Stage

The NIKA (Not In Kansas Anymore) Dialogues: Cyclone Stage is a nationally-informed facilitated conversation. NIKA brings together key figures in the transdisciplinary queer arts sector to unpack the issues that isolate us and inhibit our growth as the sector. Convened by Pride in Art Society as part of the Industry Series at the PuSh International Festival for Performing Arts, the NIKA Dialogues will assess our sector’s pressing challenges, lay the foundations for new modes of communication and collaboration, and empower queer organizations to develop structures for mutual support that respond the unique needs of the queer arts and culture sector.

Public Health Association of BC

A Universal, Healthy School Food Program for British Columbia

In many countries around the world, school food programs are essential in ensuring children and youth have access to healthy food, to support their health and education. Yet, Canada is the only G7 nation without a national school food program. This project will support the work of the BC Chapter of the Coalition for Healthy School Food (BC-CHSF), a network of passionate and experienced school food advocates and practitioners across the province. Through collaboration, advocacy, research, and engagement, the BC-CHSF will secure public investment in a universal, cost-shared, healthy, and sustainable school food program that meets the diverse needs of school communities across BC.

At the Intersection of Service Provider Wellbeing and Equity in Healthcare and Social Services Systems Transformation

The pandemic forced us to recognize that our healthcare/social services systems may not be as strong as we thought. Challenges emerged in long-term care, non-profits, hospital settings, and in-home care. Still, these service providers faced fear and worry about the future, their health, the wellbeing of their families, and their ongoing commitment to the people they promised to serve. We can show our appreciation by listening to the lived experiences of service providers to learn firsthand what would make their jobs more fulfilling, joyful, effective, equitable, and safe. Then we can better understand what changes/solutions might help achieve these critical health and well being outcomes.

Rabbitats Rescue Society

Emergency Rabbit Action Plan

Pet rabbits abandoned in the environment have been a major problem in BC for the past decade. As of April of 2020, a mutation of a deadly virus, RHDV2, has been identified as able to spread from the loose pets to native hares and cottontails. This makes domestic rabbit control imperative but even more complicated. The domestics, originally imported from Europe, are much loved house pets, food on the table and now an invasive pest threatening native species and habitats. They are a contentious issue but we must move forward quickly by communicating, identifying common ground, developing resources and establishing a path to control that all sides can tolerate.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Restoring Governance for Ecological Resilience and Salmon Conservation in the Lower Fraser River and Estuary (Year 2)

This project addresses the systemic failure of governments and agencies to protect salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River and estuary. This failure has come at the detriment of globally significant salmon runs and the First Nations, communities, economies and wildlife that rely on these fish. We will evaluate and propose alternative co-governance and finance options, for a First Nations and community-lead process for salmon resilience in the Lower Fraser. Using salmon as the indicator for freshwater sustainability, the initiative will guide planning, decision-making and management of a habitat protection and restoration plan that facilitates recovery of a degraded river and its salmon.

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

Responsible Indigenous Strategy for Empowerment (RISE) Youth Leadership Initiative

RISE (Responsible Indigenous Strategies for Empowerment) involves a collaboration of several partners working together with the Vancouver Parks Board in a committed effort to ‘open the door’ for Indigenous youth to employment possibilities and as a way to create meaningful systems change. It does so by providing focused skill acquisition and experiences that are desired by employers and RISE leaders. RISE works to increase the skills, confidence, and ability of Indigenous youth to identify the gaps and barriers to reconciliation that may exist in mainstream community programming, and to propose and implement innovative solutions to make Community Centres more reflective and inclusive.

Realwheels Society

Launch: Actor Training Customized for Persons with Disabilities.

22% of Canadians identify as living with disability but the disability is underrepresented in the performing arts. Artistic Directors lack resources for disability-inclusive casting; training institutions are eager to be more inclusive but struggle with disability accommodation, and persons with disabilities (PwD) lack viable training opportunities. We will TEST the ability of our customized program to meets the training needs of PwD, the needs of theatre companies seeking to cast trained Pwd actors, and to influence increased inclusion of PwD in established training institutions. Authentic, equitable reflection of disability on our cultural platforms will mark a systemic cultural shift.

Regional District of Central Okanagan

k?úsx?nítkw (Okanagan Lake) Responsibility Planning Initiative

Current land use planning frameworks in the Okanagan region are threatening the livelihoods of communities and the ability of the environment to provide clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife, and adapt to climate change. This initiative will use a Syilx n?awqnwix? community engagement process and develop a comprehensive Strategy to address systemic issues for protecting the environmental and cultural values of the Okanagan Watershed and develop new ways of caring for the land and water. This project will influence land use planning by creating new decision-making processes, policies, and practices for stronger environmental protection that provide meaningful and lasting change.

Okanagan Lake Responsibility Planning Initiaitve

Current land use planning frameworks in the Okanagan region are threatening the livelihoods of communities and the ability of the environment to provide clean drinking water, habitat for fish and wildlife and climate change mitigation. This project will improve land use planning processes by bringing Syilx and non-Syilx peoples together through an n?awqnwix? model to co-create a vision for developing stronger environmental protection measures. This Syilx consensus-based practice will develop the framework for an Okanagan Lake Responsibility Strategy that will identify ways of caring for the environmental, cultural and economic values within the Okanagan Lake watershed and Syilx Territory.

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Community Engagement

Gateway Theatre plans to develop new ways to serve the Richmond community, working outside traditional structures and bringing disparate communities together under the umbrella of arts and culture. In addition, Gateway Theatre plans to create a different model for a professional theatre to serve and engage its diverse community base, a model which extends beyond a traditional offering of Eurocentric plays and offers multiple points of participation.

Adaptive Change

Gateway Theatre is seeking support for the planning phase of our work with consulting company EmcArts who specialise in adaptive planning for arts and culture organisations. Gateway is the largest dedicated performing arts venue in Richmond and we aim to serve as a dynamic hub for arts and culture in the Lower Mainland. Our community has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades which has affected participation in our programs, and Gateway needs to respond. With this planning process, it is our intention to reconsider the programming that Gateway offers to our community to connect with more people and provide relevant programs and performances to a wider audience.

Rise Women's Legal Centre

Virtual Legal Clinic

The Virtual Legal Clinic addresses the critical lack of access to justice in small communities throughout BC. The project will develop a network of community partners with “safe computers” to act as service points for low-income women in need of legal assistance. Learning through doing, Rise will learn about the best practices for delivering virtual legal services, and will develop training for lawyers in order to jump start the use of virtual legal services throughout the province. Finally, Rise will use what they learn to seek to remove barriers to virtual legal services by working with government agencies and professional regulatory bodies to improve existing policies and practices.

Rivershed Society of BC

Watershed Solutions in the Fraser Watershed

The Fraser Watershed is under threat from many directions; such as logging and forest fires, and warming temperatures from Climate Change. It is invaluable economically, culturally, and recreationally to the people of BC and to many species that call it home. Realities like severely reduced salmon runs let us know that there is a problem. RSBC has been working in the Fraser Watershed since 1996 and we have the connections needed to create an in depth and effective plan of action to protect the Fraser Watershed for generations to come. By bringing together expertise from across the watershed, we will develop a plan that addresses the many intertwining pieces and protect the Fraser Watershed.

Rock Solid Foundation

WITS Programs - Creating Safe Environments Where Children Play and Learn

Peer victimization takes a tremendous toll on victims. Bullying is often rooted in the school environment. Scaling means reaching more children, ensuring programs are delivered effectively and improving accessibility in communities we serve. WPF will address systemic challenges impacting student wellbeing by: connecting people who are key figures in students’ worlds to foster healthy relationships; creating a common language to proactively address peer conflicts; and, enhancing protective factors including positive school climates, social emotional learning, social responsibility and prosocial leadership that can prevent behavioral, social and emotional problems.

Royal Roads University

Testing Impactful Successions at Scale

The pandemic, technological change and increased competition are seeing small businesses close at unprecedented rates across BC & Canada, representing a significant loss to communities. The non-profit sector is left to fill in the gaps while ensuring its own survival, often by starting a social enterprise. But social enterprise start-ups struggle to attract finance, grow & sustain. This project proposes to test a new model to shift ownership of succession-ready small businesses to communities with a direct stake in their continued operation by managing acquisitions at scale through a trust or holding company, converting businesses to social enterprise & redistributing profits to communities.

Ruby Slippers Production Society

we the same

Every Vietnamese refugee or family in Canada has a story that’s rarely publicly told, for personal or cultural reasons. “we the same” is a live performance/theatre work with livestream or AR/VR components that engages immersively and more broadly to tell this human story relevant to today’s burgeoning global refugee and health crisis—using technology to foster understanding, empathy, and solidarity; bring healing to Vietnamese communities, encourage people to share their own stories; change how we see refugees, past and present; how we respond to human crises; and how, through understanding the ‘other,’ we can begin to erase the divisions between us.

Rumble Productions Society

Non-permanent Community Commons Shelter Project (Working Title)

Observing that the ability of all parts of our society to access sheltered public space have been disrupted, and building on a methodology of cross-lateral solidarity building, we are proposing to study how temporary multi-use public shelters can be utilized as cultural hubs. We are trying to learn about levels of preferred engagement, respecting the autonomy of the individual citizen, while sidestepping systemic barriers to engaging with the arts, and participating in their creation. Art's utility is collective imagination; we are working to undo it's systemic privatization. By working with temporary and mobile structures we are also addressing geographic barriers to engaging with culture.

Developing a cultural consultation and community collaboration framework to advance representation and inclusion in the theatre sector.

We recognize that there is a lack of diverse representation in theatre, both on the creation side and the audience side. We feel this is a meaningful issue to address because we need to make space for all voices and stories to be heard. Our city is filled with people with unique life experiences. And we want to develop strategies for working collaboratively across difference. By removing barriers to participation in our art form and working with community members throughout the creation of a play, we hope that will be able to identify, record, and share our experience with this particular project and use it to create a solidarity driven framework for artistic creation.

Salal Foundation

Upper Skeena Regenerative Agriculture Project

Food security, environmental stewardship and community economic development are part of an interconnected web at the very core of a healthy, wealthy, and sustainable region. Our current systems are failing us in this regard. We need new systems that integrate these vital elements by design, and we must be able to scale up as need and demand dictate. The Upper Skeena Regenerative Agriculture Project will not only demonstrate and test one such system, it will also actively create new opportunities to build and participate in a deeply local economy. Many systemic behaviours are actually survival instincts - redirected, those drives for sustenance and security can be powerful agents of change.

School District #37 - Delta

Improving Transitions for Indigenous Learners Through Collaborative Inquiry

There is much evidence calling on the need to better support BC Indigenous students to “stay in school” as a means of improving life outcomes and future success. Yet we know, from evidence such as graduation rate data and post-secondary enrollment, that the current system is not adequately supporting all Indigenous learners as they move through educational transitions – from grade to grade, school to school, and beyond K – 12 settings. To address this, we support BC schools and districts to take an evidence-informed and disciplined approach to collaborative, professional inquiry. This process is used to assess Indigenous learner needs and take informed action to improve learner outcomes.

School District #73 - Kamloops/Thompson

Community Led Learning - Trans-systemic Spaces in Indigenous Education

“Community Led Learning - Trans-systemic Spaces in Indigenous Education” is a collaborative, during and after-school program integrating Indigenous ways of knowing alongside Western curriculum by involving family, Elders and knowledge keepers. Working towards equity for Indigenous students who face the greatest barriers, it combats the lack of resources for cultural activities, the confines of a typical school schedule, and financial barriers that reduce access to physical activity and formative experiences. The project will result in the development of a model to be utilized by other school districts creating a larger-scale systemic change for Indigenous students.