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UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Sharing our Wisdom: A Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Teresa Howell, Research Manager, Institute for Aboriginal Health, UBC and Ms. Tanya Gomes, Clinical Practice Initiatives, Lead-Aboriginal Health, Vancouver Coastal Health)

This project originated out of discussions & research with the urban Aboriginal community which taught us that knowledge translation is important. Therefore, an underlying theme of this project is to understand the effectiveness of traditional Aboriginal healing knowledge when addressing health inequities experienced by Aboriginal peoples. We will be community-guided in developing 7 holistic health circles (HC) to: engage Aboriginal participants in learning about Aboriginal health practices; facilitate a healthier life context for participants; work towards the prevention of risk factors for health issues & validate and create a better understanding of the utility of traditional healing practices. The research question will be 2fold: 1) Do Aboriginal traditional health practices provide a more meaningful way of addressing health strategies for Aboriginal peoples? 2) How does the participation in health circles, based on Aboriginal traditional knowledge, impact the health of Aboriginal peoples? We will gather information through focus groups & interviews with participants’ about their health knowledge & practices before & after HC attendance; document their experiences of HCs & illuminate how they perceive it has affected their overall health & view of traditional health practices. Knowledge translation is also important; thus, we will also share the knowledge that we gain from this project with & between urban Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal organizations, peoples, & communities. Research Team members: Dr. Lee Brown, Team Member, Director of the Institute for Aboriginal Health, UBC

UBC - Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art

The exhibition 'Witnesses: Indian Residential Schools and Art' will present artists who have produced work arising from the history of Indian Residential Schools (IRS) in Canada. It coincides with and is related to, yet independent from, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) National Event that will take place in Vancouver from September 18 to 21, 2013. It will also be an important component of the UBC First Nations House of Learning programming around this event. The planned exhibition will include ten to fifteen artists from British Columbia and across Canada who have produced a substantive body of artwork addressing Indian Residential Schools. It will be cross-generational and include iconic artworks by artists who directly experienced Indian Residential Schools such as Norval Morrisseau, Carl Beam, Beau Dick, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Faye Heavyshield, and Alex Janvier as well as those artists who are witnesses to its residual impact such as Chris Bose, Cathy Busby, Lisa Jackson, Tania Willard, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

UBC - Museum of Anthropology

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth

The exhibit will explore how urban Aboriginal youth aged 15 - 24 engage with and transform their own traditions and urban youth culture through contemporary art work, multi-media, film, fashion, music, and performance. A 'video' wall, a new medium or digital 'canvas' will also be developed for youth to display their artwork. The exhibit's primary focus is on Vancouver, a major meeting space for urban Aboriginal youth. The exhibit looks at the unique ways that they are claiming space for themselves, their relationship to the city and their response to current social, cultural and political issues like Idle No More. It will also highlight the role of social media in connecting urban Aboriginal youth and creating spaces for them to tell their own stories. A blog is therefore integral to the project and will play a play a key role in getting the word out and in project evaluation. The exhibit includes an off-site contemporary installation at the Urban Native Youth Association per attached support letter.

United Way of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Fresh Food Box and Bulk Buying Club

Consistent access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food is essential for people to live healthy, active lives. However, food bank usage in BC has risen 23% since 2008, with Abbotsford's food bank now serving 3000 people monthly (including 1200 children). In 2009, Abbotsford service providers aimed to build up a food co-op, but it did not come to term. Due to increased need, Vibrant Abbotsford is committed to establishing a Fresh Food Box program and Bulk Buying Club to leverage low-income residents' buying power. The program will purchase household items, non-perishable food and produce at wholesale cost and pass along the savings to participants. It fills a gap by serving people "in-between" emergency food users and those able to afford retail prices, particularly those un-reached by food supports. Food gleaning days, community kitchens and trainings will be integrated to build life skills. The project will establish a sustainable model that can be easily expanded to provide an affordable, accessible and dignified option assisting families to transition out of food insecurity.

University of British Columbia School of Nursing

"Amlilas": Toward a 'Namgis Community-Driven Curriculum for Early Childhood Development'

This project addresses an identified priority of the 'Namgis First Nations people living in Alert Bay, British Columbia - to enhance the cultural relevance of early childhood education (ECE) so that children are entrenched in their language and cultural practices from their earliest days. Amlilas is the community's existing early childhood program. Through a community-based participatory process, we will build on the existing strengths of this program to support a more culturally relevant curriculum - creating a place where young 'Namgis children learn within their cultural traditions and language. Drawing on existing indicators of early childhood development and data generated in this project, we will propose curricular strategies reflecting unique dimensions of ECD within this community. The knowledge generated in this project will enhance the cultural relevance of ECD for 'Namgis First Nation children and contribute to knowledge informing ECD curricular planning and implementation within First Nations communities in British Columbia.

University of British Columbia School of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene

Community Gardening as a Path to Well-Being (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Melinda Suto, Assistant Professor, UBC and Mr. Darrell Burnham, Executive Director, Coast Foundation Society)

The project arose as the co-leads discussed what people living with mental illness could do to improve their health and well-being. The research questions are: 1) How does participation in a community garden affect the well-being and social connections of people living in supported housing? 2) How do we engage people in a physical activity (community gardening) that encourages better health and social connections for people living in supported housing? Research and policy reports support community gardening as a catalyst for positive health; clinicians confirm the need for this type of non-medical strategy. Participants will join the advisory group; do data collection and analysis; use findings to guide changes; create and deliver knowledge translation products. Participants’ involvement in community gardening will improve physical health and access to fresh produce, decrease isolation and foster community engagement with others. There are opportunities to learn skills, share knowledge and mentor; this may encourage people to try new activities. Findings from this project will educate the public, create connections with like-minded people and shape policy decisions on future gardens. Broader knowledge contributions will occur in academic publications, which can provide evidence for the recovery model in mental health. We anticipate expanding community gardens in the region and helping people move from the margins of society to the mainstream, through a popular activity. Research Team members: Mr. Rudy Small, Research Team member and Ms. Cathy Taylor, Research Team member.

University of Victoria

Development Phase - Community Food Literacy Participatory Action Research Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Trevor Hancock, Professor, UVIC and Ms. Linda Geggie, Coordinator, Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable).

The Development Grant will help us to bring together academic and community partners to develop the Community Food Literacy PAR Project proposal. Community practitioners have identified the need to build community food literacy. We define food literacy to be the ability to access, understand and evaluate information related to food (e.g., how to select and prepare food), including knowledge of where food comes from, its environmental impact and the connection to food through culture and society. The project will advance our understanding of how to coordinate and strengthen community food literacy programs that empower participants to increase control over, and improve their health. A multi-sector advisory group will support the project team to engage community agencies to contribute to and refine, our working definition of food literacy. We will share the information gathered through the Community Food Feasibility Study (appendix 2) in regards to current practices, gaps and opportunities to build food literacy. We will ask the community to reflect on the findings, refine and prioritize research questions, and identify the best methods to gather, share, and take action on what we learn together. In addition at the BC Food Systems Network Gathering we will determine the best methods for knowledge translation so that we can effectively share our findings. Finally we will develop a research proposal and formalize partnerships to move the project forward. Research Team members: Ms. Wanda Martin, Co-Researcher, Mr. Aaren Topley, Research Team member, and Ms. Joan Wharf Higgins, Research Student support.

Upintheair Theatre

Inside The Seed

We are applying for funding to assist with production of Inside the Seed by Jason Patrick Rothery. The play is a modern adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex set in a giant bio-technology corporation producing genetically modified seeds in an effort to end world hunger. The show will be presented as part of The Vancouver East Cultural Centre's 2013/14 Season (October 3-13th 2013) in the Van City Culture Lab. Foster Bryant is a great scientist. Was a scientist...until he made a startling discovery by genetically modifying a new kind of rice. Through this discovery, Foster is destined to save a world facing the inevitable catastrophic consequences of extreme overpopulation. Or is he? With three recalcitrant African nations unwilling to allow his rice across their borders, with a powerful Senate aide insisting that Foster honour toxic Army contracts that he inherited in a hostile takeover, and with evidence starting to arise implicating the grain in a serious genetic birth defect, potential disaster looms on the most intimate possible front – his unborn child. What lies inside the seed?

Urban Ink Production Society

Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of

The final development (July 2013) and Vancouver production premiere (May 2014). Sal Capone is an explosive cross-disciplinary play that fuses elements of hip hop culture, theatre and live interactive video inspiring audiences to recognize, debate and challenge their preconceptions about truth and justice. In 2008 Honduran-Canadian youth Freddy Alberto Villaneueva was shot by a Montreal police officer, sparking widespread outrage, and polarising people from all cultures and classes. Sal Capone is the long awaited response to a culture of violence that appears to be growing in our cities. The play weaves the disparate viewpoints of five characters whose lives are irrevocably changed after their much-admired friend was shot. Using humour, hard-hitting language and rhythmic wordsmithing, writer Omari Newton weaves a realistic world that portrays both the tragic and redemptive aspects of hip hop - a youth culture that has so often been associated with violence and crime. His play is located in any Canadian city, in a way that speaks to current misconceptions about police and youth.

Vancouver Art Gallery Association

DOUGLAS COUPLAND: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

It is the mandate of the Vancouver Art Gallery to contextualize regional experience and artistic concerns within national and international fields of cultural practice; to introduce local and visiting audience members to the important art of this region; and to expand expectations for what art can be. This project will present the visual art of Vancouver-based artist Douglas Coupland. It will highlight principle themes of the artist's investigations such as what defines national culture and the impact of media communications on contemporary life. The national and international profile of the artist will be greatly strengthened through the Vancouver exhibition (with several major new works including a large Lego project and The Brain installation), the first substantial book on the artist, an international tour (tbc), and an unprecedented use of communications media to reach the public. We are planning an energetic engagement with renewed and new audiences via social media and special programs for adults, children and youth.

Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society

Automatic Poetry Festival

Since 1995 Word Vancouver has been presenting a wide range of author readings and events. However, it is the new addition to our regular poetry programming that we are most excited about, the Automated Poetry Project. We are acquiring a number of vending machines that will dispense poems written by Canadian or B.C. poets. The plan is that these vending machines would be hosted in local businesses for the entire month of September leading up to the festival weekend. We will partner with local businesses such as coffee shops and bookstores interested in hosting a vending machine as part of our Automated Poetry Project. We will also arrange for a number of poets to read from their books at these locations. In addition to acquiring our own vending machines we intend to work with other groups across the country who have similar machines. There is one machine coming in from Toronto (Toronto Poetry Venders) that is confirmed and we have leads on a few more including one in Montreal. Ideally we would have at least five. On Sunday the all machines would be moved to the festival site at VPL.

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Mentorship Program for Aboriginal Children In the Vancouver School District

We are requesting support to establish a Pilot Mentorship Program in 8 Vancouver School Board Schools-4 elementary feeder schools and 4 high schools-with significant Aboriginal student populations. Approximately 220 students will be involved. The Pilot Mentorshlp Program will begin in the Fall of 2013 and continue through to the end of the school year (June 2014) at which time it will be evaluated with the goal of continuation in the Vancouver District for a total of 3 years prior to expansion to other strategic areas in BC. The key elements of the Mentorship Program are: -recruitment of Aboriginal Mentors with teaching experience -mentorship in course materials, study habits, life skills and career planning -use of both 'one on one' and group models where appropriate -involvement of the Aboriginal Community -emphasis on helping students effectively transition from Elementary School to High School and Primary levels to Intermediate levels. -inculcation of career planning and work experience throughout the Mentorship Program -successful retention to high school graduation

Vancouver Homework Club Society

Youth Engagement Project (YEP)

Working with students identified as at high risk of dropping out of school, the project has six elements: 1) engaging on a one to one basis with the students and their parents, working to keep the students in school and attending class; 2) bringing the students to the Homework Club three days a week for a minimum of six hours, providing access to Homework Club tutors and to hot meals served at the Club; 3) working with the students, using approved remediation programs, to develop their literacy and numeracy skills; 4) meeting with the students monthly over dinner to review their progress, plan for the month ahead and create supportive relations between the students in YEP and with the YEP workers. 5) providing a small monthly cash stipend to be spent under the direction of each student's YEP worker; 6) upon successfull completion of each school year, holding in trust a bursary of $500 for post-secondary education.

Vancouver Humane Society

Website CMS and internet fundraising training

This is a capacity-building project, which aims to upgrade employees' skills in web-based environments such as content management systems (CMSs) and internet fundraising. We are seeking funding for courses on the programs Photoshop and Wordpress as well as internet fundraising training which is offered by Canadian experts in the field at Harvey McKinnon Associates (HMA). This will coincide and complement our current website redesign/upgrade, which is currently in progress.

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra Society

The Composers' Intercultural Kitchen

The project brings 6 established composers of contemporary classical music together with a mixed group of professional musicians from Western classical, Chinese & Persian musical traditions, who are specialists in intercultural music. Using an innovative workshop format developed by the VICO, composers will work with musicians & 4 workshop leaders (all experienced intercultural composers) to acquire new knowledge & skills in writing for combinations of Western & non-Western instruments. Each composer will produce a 5-10 min. piece, to be premiered in VICO's 2015-2016 season. The project bridges a gap of knowledge & understanding between composers in the classical/new music scene & performers in Vancouver's world music scene. While both groups are working at a high level, they are unacquainted with (and often feel alienated by) each other's artistic practices. This project will provide valuable training & experience for composers & performers; increase mutual cultural awareness & respect; and lay groundwork for future collaborations that truly reflect BC's cultural diversity.

Vancouver International Children's Festival Society

Me on the Map (MOTM)

A multi-media installation performance about city living and civic responsibility sourced from real children's experiences. A two-phase project, in Phase 1 (2012/13) artists Adrienne Wong and Jan Derbyshire will engage with children ages 4-12 in workshops to discover how kids view the city and their own place within it. We are requesting support for Phase 2 (2013/14), where the artists will synthesize the workshop material into a 30 minute narrative play and multi-media installation. The audience will enter a 3-dimensional performance environment envisioned as a small-scale city. There will be portholes to peer into and at the centre a child (played by an actor) adventures through the city, encountering obstacles and allies and, ultimately, discovers her place on the map. The performance environment will be designed with inclusivity at the core, making assistive technologies like audio description an integral part of the performance and not a clunky add-on for patrons with disabilities. The environment also doubles as an installation that kids can explore themselves.

Vancouver Island University Foundation

Physical Literacy Development Grant (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Paige Fisher, Vancouver Island University, and Mr. Drew Cooper, PacificSport - Vancouver Island)

Complications from our sedentary lifestyles are seen as the main culprit behind this life expectancy decline. Too much screen time, an unfounded culture of fear that deem it unsafe to allow our children to play outdoors unsupervised and the absence of the simple acts of walking or riding one's bike to school are just some of the contributing issues. However it is the loss of elementary school physical education specialists that is probably the most significant factor in this demise. As a result, the fundamental skills necessary to be able to fully participate in physical activity are seen to be lacking in a growing number of children and young adults to the point where their physical health is in jeopardy. For many children, the lack of fundamental skills makes even basic physical activities an unpleasant experience thereby contributing to an even more sedentary society and putting increased pressure on an already burgeoning health care system. Just as literacy and numeracy are deemed essential tools for success in the 21st century, there are fractions within the health, education, and recreation sectors who maintain that enhancing a community's appreciation for physical literacy is essential to stem the advancing obesity epidemic.

Vancouver Opera Association

Stickboy: a new chamber opera on the bullying cycle

In the Fall of 2014, VOA will commission a new chamber opera on the impact of bullying on youth: Stickboy. With a libretto penned by acclaimed Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan and a score by celebrated BC composer Jordan Nobles, this 90-minute chamber opera will be adapted from Koyczan's 2008 novel chronicling his personal experiences as both a victim and perpetrator of childhood bullying. Workshops of this piece will showcase the Opera's second roster of Young Artists Program participants in principal roles. Following the completion of this phase, Stickboy will see its fully-staged and orchestrated premiere at the Vancouver Playhouse on October 23rd, 2014. It will serve as VOA's second 2014-15 mainstage offering. Supported by a substantial educational program, and utilizing the guidance of an expert advisory committee, Stickboy will subsequently be adapted and toured by way of VOA's 2014-15 Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) program - thereby furthering the life of this commission and expanding its reach to nearly 50,000 province-wide.

Vancouver Society of Children's Centres

Moving Forward on Quality in Child Care

VSOCC and our 9 project advisory members wish to convene key child care sector, research, policy and funding representatives to address the gap in a quality assurance assessment/monitoring approach that supports the implementation of BC's Early Learning Framework (ELF)and effectively measures service quality in the child care context. This convening project will: *identify, recruit and support the participation of stakeholders in project forums and working groups *undertake a systematic and comprehensive review of assessment research literature and tools currently available in Canada and internationally that best align with ELF *examine international resources such as the OECD's Quality Tool Box and the European Commission's Quality Targets in Services for Young Children *create the research framework and a detailed proposal for developing and piloting a child care quality assurance approach based on ELF *determine the lead agency for the next phase of the work *seek financial support from community and government funders for the next phase

Via Choralis Performance Society

Music for Kings and Queens

Via Choralis will perform Mozart's Coronation Mass and Handel's Coronation Anthems accompanied by a 20-piece orchestra and with 4 student soloists chosen from the Victoria Conservatory and UVic. The performances will take place at St. Elizabeth's Church in Sidney on the Saturday and the Sunday afternoons. The purpose of this project is to continue with Via Choralis' mandate of producing and performing one major work with orchestra each season. These large works from the standard classical repertoire form part of our western cultural heritage, and we are pleased to have the skills and resources to perform such works for the community. The singers and orchestral players, of course, enjoy learning and performing these works, but it is also for the public that we put on these concerts - producing choral masterpieces of this calibre for Victoria audiences.

Victoria Brain Injury Society

Survivor, Supporter, Success!

The "Survivor, Supporter, Success!" program provides volunteer and employment training and mentorship to brain injury survivors. A large percentage of survivors are unable to return to their previous professions post-injury and must find gainful employment or volunteer opportunities in an environment that works with their disabilities. This program aims to rehabilitate and retrain survivors so they are able to volunteer or re-enter the workforce. Participants complete a peer support training course which enables them to become certified peer support volunteers. They develop transferable skills, including active learning and listening, problem solving, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, time management and communication skills. Once in their position as peer supporters, they support other survivors during their rehabilitation. This mutually beneficial program enhances the capacity and self-confidence of the peer supporters and is utilized as a stepping stone to paid employment, while also providing recent survivors with educated, understanding peer mentors.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Transgender Accessibility to Sexual Assault Services

Originally a women-serving agency, we now understand that gender-based violence exists, and is more prevalent, beyond the gender binary of male and female. We have made the commitment to become a women and trans*-inclusive agency after a series of events over the past 2 years including: - feedback from board, staff and clients that current practices were exclusionary for trans* survivors; - training for staff and board to increase awareness about specific challenges trans* survivors can face; - a full day staff/board retreat to discuss commitment in making this change; - a community consultation with trans* people and their allies on what makes service provision feel safe and welcoming for gender variant people. Through our proposed project, we will: 1) engage the community through consultations and the formation of an advisory board; 2) makes changes to policies, procedures, services, signage, staff and volunteer training; 3) document and share learning with others and offer training to our community partners (police, crown, hospitals, other social service agencies)

Victoria Symphony Society

Lest We Forget

In the mud and rain of a Great War battlefield, 20-year-old piper James Cleland Richardson rallied his troops to battle. Composer Tobin Stokes will write a dramatic work for the Victoria Symphony that contrasts the vastness of an orchestra with the solitary dedication of a solo bagpipe player, telling the story of a piper whose music inspired the troops, moments before his death. The loss of Richardson - who received the Victoria Cross posthumously - only minutes after the victory, is a poignant reminder of the horrors and losses of the Great War. This story of astounding bravery offers us a glimpse into wartime life and human sacrifice. Commemoration the 100th anniversary of the onset of WW1, this work will be part of a community wide collaboration bringing diverse arts and culture organizations such as the Canadian Scottish Regiment, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal BC Museum, the BC Maritime Museum and others. With exhibits, presentation, lectures and art, the Victoria Symphony will be a key community leader in this commemoration project.

Village of Salmo

Renovation and Upgrades to Youth Centre

This project involves renovating the existing Youth Centre space and creating a new and expanded space for the youth. This will create a distinct and separate place for them to hold their Youth Leadership Program, Youth Drop In, Teen Fitness classes and run the Movie Cinema. Included in the project are the creation of a new commercial kitchen where Youth will have their weekly Supper Nights as well as host the concession for the 'Youth Run Movie Cinema'. The creation of this new kitchen will also allow the Youth Leadership to create goods to sell at Youth Program fundraising events.

Watari Research Association

Eastside Integrated Youth Outreach Team

The Eastside Integrated Youth Team(EIYT) will provide outreach to youth in the Downtown Eastside six days weekly with the addition of two new members.The focus will be early intervention with youth under 19 who come into the community.The roles of these positions will include engagement, assessment, referral and follow-up with youth and the team of service providers/family that support them.Using the existing Hard Target Table as a point of entry, youth workers with EIYT will leverage their relationships with adult outreach teams, hotel staff and community members to identify new youth and intentionally engage with them to develop exit strategies.Existing connections with the youth serving system including MCFD, youth addictions, mental health, police and primary health care will allow youth workers to design and implement individualized case management response to each youth. The intention of these positions is to work effectively with a smaller number of youth as opposed to provide the broader outreach of general street outreach. One worker will have a psych nursing background.