Grants

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Old Massett Village Council

Saving the Haida Language one hour at a time

The main goal of this project is to improve the Haida language capacity on Haida Gwaii to ensure our endangered Haida language survives. 10 adult language learners who already have some basic language skills and who are teachers in some capacity will take part in a master-apprentice program with 4-6 fluent elders all over the age of 80. The Apprentices will learn from the elders once/day. The Apprentices will also volunteer to create resources and to study another hour/day and teach others. We will create our own Master-Apprentice monitoring and evaluation forms for all learners and elders to use based on Leanne Hinton's resources. We will host a Master-Apprentice workshop to teach people how to use the Haida language even if not fluent. The Total Physical Response, TPR will show learners and elders how to stay in the language when trying to learn. Lastly, we will record the Elders for future educational projects and then create a Lesson-Learned video to share our project with others.
$20,000.00
2012

Other Guys Theatre Company Society

BC In Song - Creating Legends

Folk music traditions exploit story telling as a means to pass historical lessons from generation to generation. Artistic Director Ross Desprez is inspired to build a richer folk tradition on the west coast of Canada and to acknowledge our past through song and story. Paired with this interest in folklore is Desprez's theatrical bent which is constantly searching for new and interesting ways to convey stories through dramatic action. To this end the Other Guys Theatre intends to research and compile events from British Columbia’s past and experiment with ways to translate historical events into folklore. Our ultimate goal is to create a theatrical piece comprised of West Coast events by transforming them from simple events into folk legends through theatre, song and storytelling. Our process will involve exploring different folk story telling techniques and apply them to local events. At this early stage Desprez envisions a collection of dramatic stories and songs intended to enlighten the audience as to aspects of BC's history creating a West Coast folk music tradition.
$10,000.00
2012

Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

Healthy Forests-Healthy Communities

The 'Healthy forests-Healthy communities' is a non-partisan volunteer led and delivered initiative designed to catalyze discussion, dialogue and debate regarding BC forest lands management. Based on the 20 HFHC Community Dialogue Sessions held in 2011, forest dependent communities are concerned over the future of their forests and their sustainable contributions to the local economy. A 2012 activities plan has been designed to build on these results to provide more detailed recommendations and community actions. The input will be acquired from communities and concerned citizens through: 12 1-day workshops to obtain views from experts and senior implementation people; 15 1-day community workshops as a basis for community dialogue regarding community recommendations on the specific changes; reports based on the dialogue from all the workshops and summarized into a final report; 30 communications sessions informing communities of the 2011 - 2012 dialogue results and recommendations submitted to decision-makers, decision-maker influencers, communities and concerned citizens.
$20,000.00
2012

Pangaea Arts Society

Beneath the Northern Lights (working title)

We will create a 'Theatre for Young Audiences' production combining Inuit legends, physical theatre, mask, puppetry, video projection, and traditional throat-singing. When director Heidi Specht met Inuit storyteller and award-winning author Michael Kusugak, they found they shared common goals. Michael works hard to preserve his traditional culture and to share it with the world. Our production will inter-weave traditional stories with Michael's life; he will play himself both as a young boy and an adult as he struggles to adapt to a changing world. We will work together to seamlessly combine Michael's mastery of oral storytelling with Pangaea Arts' expertise in physical theatrical forms, in an effort to increase the range and appeal of his message – large polar bears, walruses, creatures from Inuit mythology will share the space with projections of northern lights, and audiences will see the inside of an igloo. We will target young audiences, while sending a message to all ages, encouraging others to find their own cultural stories and building bridges across communities.
$20,000.00
2012

Penticton Art Gallery

The End of the World as We Know It

The End of the World as We Know It, plays off the contemporary phenomena and endless fodder of conspiracy theorists who believe in the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21. Over the six weeks of the exhibition the gallery will be transformed by six unique teams of artists blending music, visual arts and dance in an exploration of contemporary electronic culture exemplified by the rave community. The tragic deaths due to individuals having taken tainted Ecstasy has once again cast a dark shadow over the rave community. The accompanying weekly workshops will provide frank and in depth discussions on all aspects of the culture and will bring together a range of experts, health professionals and artists in a highly publicized public forum to answer questions regarding all aspects of their culture and community. This is an opportunity for the community to come together in a public forum to talk about the rave community and demystify the culture and public perception and celebrate the transformative power of art, culminating with the all ages, End of the World Party on December 21.
$15,000.00
2012

Perspective Arts Foundation o/a New Forms Media Arts Society

"Locating the City" (Community Workshop/Performance/Exhibition)

The project involves mapping and visualizing the City of Vancouver, then creating a participatory installation with the images, sounds, and content recorded. The process begins with a workshop for participants (artists, practitioners, theorists, performers and audience/community members) around means of gathering visual data about the urban space. Over the week, participants will go out into areas of Vancouver and document imagery, sound, etc, using cellphone cameras, recorders and other mobile devices. Each area will then be 'mapped', with this content then forming the basis of a 'digital scrapbook' formed around the City itself. Mentoring artists will work with the groups to document info on their 'digital precinct' Each precinct will become a documentation hub, relaying the information to the central projection location. Captured imagery is then transferred online to the main installation space, the media will also be projected at other sites (e.g. Woodwards & Canada Line stations). In addition, we are expecting thousands more to view it online and through social media.
$17,500.00
2012

Power of Hope Society

Building Positive Futures through Arts-Based Youth Empowerment Programs

Power of Hope's core programs provide continuity to the youth we serve. Through participatory, arts-based, experiential education opportunities from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Cortes Island, B.C., our high impact programs support youth to develop facilitation skills and become leaders in their communities. POH is requesting support from Vancouver Foundation for direct program costs to enable us to focus on growing our capacity to reach new youth. In 2011, we held a visioning process with our board,youth, parents and lead program facilitators, which informed the development of a three-year strategic plan. Our main goals are to: deepen and broaden our program's outreach with special emphasis on First Nations and vulnerable communities, increase the pool of facilitators available in B.C. through trainings, and activate a youth-driven action network. As our networks expand, we are building invaluable heart-centred social capital that is growing our outreach capacity to new audiences through the creative youth and adults that work as leaders in their respective communities.
$20,000.00
2012

Pregnancy Care Centre Society of Kamloops

Baby Bumps and No Substitute for YOU - pilot projects

During the last 5 years over 600 came for help - we saw a repetitive cycle, women aged 15 - 25 were coming with repeat crisis', another possible unplanned pregnancy. The goal is to connect senior mentors with young moms & dads teaching them to become the parents their children deserve. Both young moms & dads desperately need positive role models who can help them address the social challenges they face. The majority have not had that positive role model and are eager to make changes as they raise their families. Why senior mentors? Seniors have time, life experience, wisdom, & patience to share. They help set physical, educational, financial, personal and spiritual goals. Goals will be reviewed regularly to ensure dreams and needs are met. Mentorship may last for 6 months to 1- 2 years. Youth will benefit from the non-judgmental guidance offered by seniors with a lasting positive impact for life long change being made. We plan to begin with 7 women & 7 men in the program (not necessarily partners) with a total of 14 mentors. Total impact 28 extended families - 1st year.
$13,500.00
2012

Radix Theatre Society

Slowpoke

Slowpoke is a new, original dance/theatre performance inspired by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the Ukraine. The project was timed with the 25th anniversary of the accident and preceded the Fukushima nuclear incident, now reported to be as serious, or potentially worse, than Chernobyl. Slowpoke will take inspiration from these incidents and the science of nuclear power, while also exploring the human struggle and resiliency attached to the events. It will be a highly physical show, incorporating text and movement in a roving outdoor performance. The name of the show comes from the 'Slowpoke' (acronym for Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment), a small nuclear reactor built on many Canadian universities in the 1960's, some still in use today. In 2011 Slowpoke co-creators Billy Marchenski and Alison Denham visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for a first-hand experience of the site. Their interviews and experiences in and around The Zone will inform the show's creation.
$15,000.00
2012

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Oil Free Coast: Protecting The Salish Sea

Raincoast’s Oil Free Coast initiative focuses on the threats to BC’s marine and coastal environment posed from its potential conversion to an oil tanker energy corridor. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are both proposing to ship Alberta’s tar sands oil through the coastal waters of BC. These proposals raise serious concerns at global, regional and local scales. They introduce the threat of chronic and potentially catastrophic oil spills in regions that host rare, endangered, vulnerable, and ecologically valuable species and ecosystems. Further, these routes provide outlets for the export of tar sands oil, exacerbating their staggering local impact and accelerating Canada’s contribution to atmospheric carbon. Raincoast is addressing this issue through several strategies tailored to the different proponents, processes and circumstances of the north and south coasts.
$20,000.00
2012

Realwheels Society

Whose Life is it Anyway?

Realwheels will produce Brian Clark's Whose Life is it Anyway? to be presented by The Cultch. The action of the play involves a sculptor who, having become quadriplegic, despairs his present body state and resolves to end his life. The origins of this project can be traced back to the real life challenges that Artistic Director James Sanders experienced during his rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury, when he was shown a film version of the play as a source of inspiration. Twenty years later, Realwheels is ideally situated to tell this story, as our mandate is rooted in a commitment to increased understanding of life lived with disability. Realwheels will engage in a three-week ITA Equity rehearsal and two-week run. We will host ancillary events such as pre-show audience chats and post-show debates with our community partners. Playing to a general public and subscribers of The Cultch, we will also be attracting large numbers of patrons with disabilities and individuals in the healthcare industry to the theatre. We will also offer signed performances and audio description.
$15,000.00
2012

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society

Sisters

Sisters by Simon Johnston is inspired by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov's classic play, Three Sisters. An ambitious work set in China in 1939 which explores the clash of two cultures in another time and place, we believe this production will have special meaning for Richmond and Lower Mainland audiences. We want to offer an original play that appeals to our diverse community. The play itself is naturalistic. Set in a huge old expensive house built in the Russian tradition but in China and owned by a wealthy family, our production will require a significant investment in set and props to help realize the playwright's vision. This piece will require 4 weeks of rehearsal rather than the usual 2.5 weeks in order to fully develop the final script for the production of this new play. In addition to a diverse cast of four women and one man, the creative team will include director Sarah Rodgers and designers Carmen Alatorre (costume), Itai Irdal (lighting), and Kevin McAllister (set). Gateway Theatre will premiere Sisters from Jan.31-Feb.16, 2013 for 15 performances.
$15,000.00
2012

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

Multicultural Dads and Tots Project

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has been working with Chinese, Iranian and Korean immigrant families on early childhood development for the past 9 years in Tri-cities areas and has served thousands of caregivers and children (0-6). Out of those served, more than 90% are mothers/children. Fathers have not shown much active involvement in raising a child. Research has proven that an involved father is crucial to the healthy development of the child, and that children whose fathers are actively involved from birth are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident in exploring their surroundings, have better social connections with peers as they grow older, and are less likely to get in trouble at home and at school, The Dads and Tots Project aims to facilitate multicultural immigrant fathers to be involved in the life of their children in their early years and to build a closer relationship between father and child through various activities: 'Drop-in for Multicultural Immigrant Dads', 'Dad sing along with me', Field trips, and 'Dads and Tots Mini-Olympic'. More than 500 individuals will be served
$17,000.00
2012

Salal Foundation

Building a Freshwater Constituency in B.C.

Dogwood Initiative proposes a twelve month intensive base-building project for North Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland that will develop a large, mobilized constituency deeply concerned with freshwater, protecting fish habitat and strong fisheries protection. The opposition to tankers on the B.C. coast that is evident in polling results is tied closely to concern for aquatic habitat and species. Commercial and sport fisheries are major economic forces that contribute to the economic sustainability of this region and recently proposed changes to federal fisheries regulations pose a serious threat to the resilience of these communities. Fish and fisheries are an important a part of the local identity which transcends differences and has the potential to unite public opinion in such a way as to compel protection of the resource. This provides a values-based approach to generating awareness of and opposition to pipeline development that threaten the ecological integrity of the coast.
$20,000.00
2012

School District #39 - Vancouver

Feasibility study for growing food on school board lands

Given the environmental and health reasons for purchasing locally and the challenges faced in doing so the VBE decided that further information about options for purchasing local food is needed. This project’s goal is to conduct a feasibility study that will investigate the possibility of hiring a farmer(s) to grow food locally for use in VBE school cafeterias and programs. Currently, produce for many of the VBE cafeterias, breakfast and lunch programs are procured through one main distributor, with limited ability to source locally. This project would hire a contractor with experience in procurement and local food sourcing to consider a number of models for procuring local produce: 1) Loaning VBE land to a farmer(s) to grow food for the VBE, either on salary or through a for-purchase model 2) Purchasing produce directly from an off-site farmer(s) 3) Some combination of the first two options The analysis provided by the contractor would help guide discussions about how to proceed.
$10,000.00
2012

School District #83 - North Okanagan- Shuswap

Student Engagement Project

Our goal is to improve student engagement and increase High School completion rates in our school district. Our project will enable 15 self-selected teachers to improve their instructional practices with the aim of increasing student engagement and overall student satisfaction at the Middle and High School level. We would like to narrow the gap between current research on student engagement and teaching practices. An important focus for this project is improving the current graduation rates for Aboriginal students in our district. The district graduation rate for students of Aboriginal ancestry is 61.0%, while the non-Aboriginal graduation rate is 78.6%. Specific strategies to engage aboriginal learners will be a focus throughout this project. We have two primary objectives (1.) increase the number of teachers using innovative teaching and assessment practices to enable students to use their preferred method of demonstrating their learning; and (2.) to build the capacity of these teachers to assess the intended learning outcomes regardless of the methods students choose.
$10,000.00
2012

SFU Galleries

Wild New Territories (WNT)

WNT will highlight the important role that art can play in the ecological discourse that is ever more central to humanity's time on the planet. The art in the WNT exhibition is in galleries as well as outdoor sites and in both settings it will available to both those seeking the exhibition and to those whose urban wandering happens to bring them to it - as is the case with public art. The exhibition is possibly unique in its field because the work attempts to analyze and explore the natural and the urban simultaneously. It is also the first large-scale ecological contemporary group exhibition in Vancouver since 'Lost Illusions' at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1991, which did not have an ambitious outdoor component. The project has partnered with many groups & those partnerships ensure that it will have an audience with several key demographics - Artists for Kids Trust will bring youth; Stanley Park Ecology Society the natural history community, etc. The project also has: disabled artists(Kathy Kenny), 1st nations (Edgar Heap of Birds), multi-ethnic (Gordon Cheung), for example.
$20,000.00
2012

Surge Narrows Community Association

Community Woodworking Shop (Quonset Hut) and Community Kitchen (Bunkhouse)

The combination of a deteriorating quonset hut and a strong community tradition of boat building and woodwork inspired community members to transform the old school building into a woodworking shop. Wide-spread support was evident by the extensive renovation of the building carried out by volunteers with mostly donated materials. We plan to finish the interior, transport woodworking equipment to the island and provide power. The current bunkhouse community kitchen consists of a five foot counter with a sink and a gas range, totally inadequate for our gatherings of forty or more. Its age and deteriorating condition is a challenge to keep sanitary. For the last few years this has been a topic of discussion at our AGMs, with our membership supporting, with labour and donations, the building of an extension to the bunkhouse which has currently been completed to lockup. We now need to finish the interior and install and equip the kitchen. These projects will serve the residents of the Discovery Islands who have few community (and no commercial) facilities for recreation or socializing.
$16,400.00
2012

Surrey Art Gallery Association

Beacon Fire: Artisan Studio Pottery in British Columbia 1920 to 1975

The ceramic arts have been a key cultural form in British Columbia for the past century. Despite this crucial history, the high-calibre of these artisanal forms and the many practitioners who have developed significant bodies of work remain relatively unknown both to present day ceramic practitioners, artists and designers and to the public at large. Our project seeks to address this historical-cultural gap by presenting and documenting key works from the province's productivist ceramic tradition. The project will strive to serve the diverse populations of Metro Vancouver and especially Surrey -- the province's second most populous city and home to many new immigrants, and a multiplicity of ethnic communities. The project will provide opportunities for these and other Lower Mainland audiences to reflect on the history and beauty of this important cultural form that has merged eastern and western traditions. The project will present an exhibition of ceramics by over twenty different practitioners, archival documents and artifacts, a series of public programs, and a publication.
$12,000.00
2012

Symphony of the Kootenays

Music in the Mountains

The Symphony of the Kootenays, in partnership with the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino, Just Music, and the St. Mary's Band, plans to perform at a first ever free outdoor concert. This concert will feature work from well known aboriginal composer Barbara Croall. While the piece is relatively new in the spectrum of classical works we intend to adapt this piece with the addition of local aboriginal storytellers and dancers. This will be an outdoor concert performed at the St. Eugene Resort and Casino. This is a pilot project. It is a cross cultural venture with the Ktunaxa Nation, planned to coincide with Aboriginal Day for the purpose of recognizing Aboriginal peoples' important place within the fabric of Canada and to showcase the area's arts and culture locally and regionally. Providing an opportunity for public appreciation of classical and aboriginal music and culture; all in the historical venue of St Eugene’s. It is also an opportunity to invite a variety of visitors to come and experience our beautiful region, and its cultural diversity, and provide some economic spin off.
$15,900.00
2012

T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation

Working Together to Clean up the Estuaries of Northern Vancouver Island

In order to reduce biodiversity loss, protect the health of plants and creatures and improve the habitat in the estuaries of northern Vancouver Island, Living Oceans Society (LOS) will develop and coordinate a project with regional government and local organizations to safely remove and dispose of debris and other sources of pollution from populated near shore areas where high concentrations occur (docks, crabbing grounds, anchorages). The dangers to the marine environment and human safety from this threat are a concern to local residents and groups however no effort has yet been made to harness this interest and coordinate action to address the problem. This project will be the catalyst that inspires that community action. We will coordinate our project with Cetus Research and Conservation Society to ensure that this project will be an initial step to a derelict fishing gear removal project that can be duplicated for the entire coast of Vancouver Island and in other B.C. coastal communities.
$14,400.00
2012

Taku River Tlingit

Native Terrain Digital Collections Management System (DCMS)

This project results from the precedent setting agreement between the B.C. and TRTFN Governments to establish 13 new protected areas in our territory. That agreement relies heavily on co-management through the use/application of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). Our TEK database includes an estimated 200,000 pages of information directly related to the new protected areas, including species-specific behaviors and distributional data, land use patterns and impacts, and information related to climate change and cultural resource management. Currently, we cannot effectively access this database. The purpose of this project is to complete development of and implement a digital collections management system (DCSM) that includes a TEK search engine platform tailor-made to our land management needs. We have spent two years developing a prototype of this software platform that we call “Native Terrain.” Project activities include: complete development of Native Terrain DCMS, input/code our entire TEK database, and integration of the program into the TRTFN government server.
$17,400.00
2012

The Progressive Housing Society

SafeCity Micro Cleaning

SafeCity Micro Cleaning is a social enterprise project to employ Burnaby's homeless and near-homeless people in a supported environment. We propose a collaboration of two social service agencies in Burnaby--Progressive Housing Society and Burnaby Community Connections--with the support of Burnaby's business community. SafeCity will offer street, lane and parking-lot cleaning contracts to business improvement associations in Burnaby. There is a prospect of expansion to include the painting of waste containers in strata complexes which have been sprayed with graffiti. This project is a six-month pilot project with a goal to continue on a self-sustained basis. SafeCity will be a low threshold opportunity for people whose addictions and/or physical and mentall illness have kept them from the mainstream workforce for lengthy periods. This suported employment project will reintroduce these individuals to gainful employment while they are assisted with the issues that have marginalized them in the past. Over time, engaging in this project may be a stepping stone to real employment.
$17,000.00
2012

Theatre for Living Society

maladjusted

'Maladjusted' will be interactive, Forum Theatre created and performed by mental health care-givers and clients. It will generate a Community Action Report (policy document) as requested by agencies (see letters). A 2-day 'mini-conference' will complement the theatre. Through our relationships with many health agencies we have become aware of how, in the name of efficiency, a mechanization of services is taking place inside the mental health system across BC and Canada. While issues of 'stigmatization and mental health' are in the public consciousness because of various public campaigns, THIS issue is invisible - except to those care-givers, clients and their families who are being affected by it directly. In consultation with various health professionals and leaders of agencies, we determined that this project would be a vital contribution to both public awareness of the issue and also contribute steps to finding concrete solutions. The project will involve the mental health community deeply. The project and resulting dialogue will be aimed at the general public.
$15,000.00
2012

Tides Canada Initiatives

REACHing Out

REACHing out addresses a fundamental need for the social sector on the Sunshine Coast: bridging social capital. How do community groups meaningfully engage a wider more diverse community? REACHing Out will attempt to create the infrastructure needed to do just this; bridges that link islands of social capital to each other. Emerging out of a rigorous community-led strategic planning process entitled REACH (Re-integrating Existing Assets into Community Hubs), REACHing Out intends to broaden and diversify public interest, support and participation in the social sector through a series of staged events leading to outside the box collaborations in the years to come. This will be done by: 1) staging the intersection points necessary for cross-pollination between community groups and the wider community 2) nurturing potential collaborations between these groups moving forward A series of facilitated community events will culminate in a resource guide for participating organizations, detailing potential collaborations and a step-by-step process to initiating them.
$15,000.00
2012

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