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Aunt Leah's Independent Lifeskills Society

Thresholds Program: Interrupting the Intergenerational Cycle of Foster Care

Thresholds Program provides supported housing for pregnant and parenting moms who, due to homelessness, are at risk of losing child custody. Moms live in a warm, home-like and supported environment during their stay, moving to supported independent housing when ready. Priority is given to moms who have a history of being in foster care. Youth from care are at heightened risk of early pregnancy and loss of child custody to the child welfare system. In BC, no collated record is kept on the number of youth-in-care who experience pregnancy. The best data on this issue comes from McCreary's work, ‘Fostering Potential’ (2008). The "report is based on the responses of almost 1,000 young people in Grades 7 through 12 who had been in care" and finds "among [foster] youth who ever had sex, 19% reported having been pregnant or caused a pregnancy, with a further 6% not sure if they had". Aunt Leah's 28-year history of working with young people transitioning from foster care corroborates this data; for example, of the 164 former foster youth that Aunt Leah’s worked with last year, 28 (17%) have dependents of their own – representing an additional 39 babies and children that receive Aunt Leah’s support. Thresholds works preventatively at the ‘entry’ point of the foster care system by giving pregnant & parenting young women from care the skills and resources they need in order to become successful parents, thus barring a new generation of children from entry into foster care.


CIVIX Education: Project B.C.

The project will foster a systemic commitment to Student Vote and civic engagement within the education system, and improve the instructional capacity of educators in lead up to the 2017 provincial election. CIVIX will strengthen relationships with education stakeholders and administrators through in-person meetings and strategic communications to increase the scope and impact of the program, and facilitate expanded outreach strategies and support networks of institutional entrepreneurs. CIVIX will coordinate Democracy Bootcamp(s) to train teachers to become ambassadors of democracy in their school community. This will result in more positive and widespread outcomes among students in the key areas associated with future voting, such as increasing political knowledge and interest, and fostering a sense of civic duty. Working towards improved teacher capacity and commitment not only generates better Student Vote results, but creates systemic change by instilling the importance of democratic engagement and contributing to greater civic education outcomes for years to come. Student Vote also has an impact beyond the classroom. A 2011 independent evaluation reported that the program fostered political dialogue at home and 20% of parents agreed that their child’s participation in Student Vote positively affected their decision to vote. Scaling Student Vote deep and out is expected to grow this broad outcome and increase political participation among older Canadians as well

Contemporary Art Gallery Society of British Columbia

BMFH Artist-in-Residence: Artists Collaborating in Community

CAG uses the BMFH as a studio to incubate socially-engaged participatory projects in Vancouver, programs strategically identified as missing in the cultural provision of the city. From this site we develop multi-year community-focused residency initiatives. Hosting up to twelve Canadian/international artists in collaboration with and as mentors to local groups, organizations and communities over a three year period, this hub connects with diverse audiences such as youth, families and the under-privileged. Each artist is invited to undertake research and outreach toward new production in consideration of resonant urban issues and local histories, often self-identified by community participants, generating platforms where art is a catalyst for local exchange and dialogue among a range of voices and perspectives. BMFH enables us to work with communities and artists sitting outside of conventional gallery contexts, representing, and encompassing a differing set of concerns, scale, timeframe and approach than typical exhibition making. Furthermore it challenges notions of the artist as auteur, instead considering community-based participation and social activism as a methodology for production, thus allowing artists to set a structure but audience determines content. This format of urban residency is unique to and innovative in Canada, institutionally not happening elsewhere. CAG proposes to develop this program through implementing a series of public projects through to mid-2019.

Ecojustice Canada Society

Protecting Marine Habitat and Orcas in the Salish Sea

In June 2016, Ecojustice launched a legal challenge of the National Energy Board’s (NEB) report and recommendation to approve Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion. As participants in the two year review, we filed uncontroverted evidence of harm to at-risk southern resident killer whales. For one, Kinder Morgan concedes it cannot mitigate noise impacts on the whales from a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic, as is required under SARA. Also, Raincoast (our client) filed a study showing that if the project is approved, there is a greater than 50 percent probability that the whale population will drop below 30 in the next 100 years, tantamount to extinction. We aim to set a clear precedent that regulators cannot avoid their legal responsibility to protect endangered species. T2 will add a second container terminal in deep-water by Delta—directly within southern resident killer whale critical habitat. By 2030, the expansion will increase container ship transits through Vancouver’s port and shipping channels by 500 vessels per year. Ecojustice is representing four clients as participants in the environmental assessment for T2. A review panel was recently appointed to conduct a hearing and submit a report and recommendation to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, likely by the end of 2017. We will work with our clients and their experts to submit evidence on how increases to vessel traffic will affect southern resident killer whales and other marine species.

Fraser Health Authority

Community-Based Program to Support Women and Families in Pregnancies after Stillbirth

This community-based participatory research project seeks to address the systematic challenge of stigma and fatalism in the area of stillbirth with a focus on the care of families who are pregnant after stillbirth. With an intersectoral team of researchers, clinicians and bereaved community members, the components of group care within a primary health care (PHC) setting will be explored using focus group discussions with bereaved families. This information will be used to develop and test a group program to address psychosocial support as an adjunct to regular antenatal care with the goal of expanding this program to satellite sites outside of the city centre. The introduction of this innovation would trigger change in several ways. Firstly, the bulk of research on prevention and care conducted in the area of stillbirth occurs in academic and tertiary care settings. By situating the study in PHC with an intersectoral team of researchers and collaborators who are representative of community and hospitals, this study aims to ensure that care and support will match the longitudinal nature of grief and reproductive trajectories of bereaved families. Secondly, by placing this program within a PHC clinic, such as South Community Birth Program and its satellite clinics makes the invisible visible and counters the societal stigma and fatalism associated with stillbirth. Grief and loss will be made visible and acknowledged within a maternity clinic setting.

Haida Gwaii Museum Society

Digitally Accessing Haida Culture

Our goal is to enrich the visitor experience in our museum, as well as in our partner’s institutions by providing a more in-depth learning experience through dialogue that stimulates interaction with visitors, and collaboration with researchers, scholars from other museums. We see the Haida cultural treasures in other museums as resources through which we can help educate people about Haida culture from the past and the present. The proposed project will allow us to “virtually repatriate” important cultural treasures, while, at the same time, building cultural knowledge that we can offer our partners that will help support their collections and provide knowledge about Haida culture. The proposed project will investigate the use of a technology called telepresence robots. This technology allows people to move virtually through a museum by remotely controlling a wheeled robot equipped with a camera, microphone, loudspeaker and screen display of a live video of the face of a museum interpreter. Using this technology, it is possible to visit a museum in an interactive, innovative, that has the potential for dialogue. This technology helps visitors who are geographically distant from a museum, and/or people who cannot travel, to follow a virtual guided tour from a remote location, and with complete independence. We would like to explore how this technology can be used by our museum and partners to make Haida culture more accessible to the public and to our communities.

Tides Canada Initiatives Society

Campaign Accelerator

Campaign Accelerator (“CA”) seeks to change how people act in the political arena to ensure their environmental values are a key part of the debate. CA’s theory of change is that if organizations visibly mobilize pro-environment voters on election day, then government and opposition will be more inclined to strengthen environmental protection because they believe those voters can be decisive in elections. As parties see how their stance on various environmental issues helped or hurt them in the election in key parts of the Province, government will become more positively responsive to those issues and see the value of a strong environmental track record, resulting in better laws and policies. Engagement organizing (“EO”) is based on the belief that “organized people beats organized money.” BC’s tanker campaign is a prime example, particularly the work of Dogwood Initiative to mobilize thousands through locally-grounded organizing nodes across the Province. The 2013 BC election saw all parties wanting to “look strong” on tankers in response to this force. CA flips this approach on its head: training and mentoring grassroots leaders so they can apply EO tools on local environmental issues. CA is building a network of community leaders using EO to enable local citizens to hold their elected officials to account and ensure government recognizes that environmental values (beyond big campaigns like tankers) are widespread and can move voters. The 2017 election is a first test.

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Citizen Science Series

Outcomes will help influence systemic change through: 1. Normalizing active water stewardship with robust, scientifically defensible monitoring protocols that have been adjusted to be accessible and user friendly for citizen scientists. 2. Strengthened community understanding and engagement on the inter-relationship between land use, climate change and watershed health and that this stewardship is a collective responsibility. 3. Inform existing and newly emerging watershed and land use management policies, practices and pluralistic frameworks at the municipal, regional or sub-basin level. Our Citizen Science Series is an important initiative to engage, train and empower citizens and community groups to collect water data for policy implementation within their communities in lakes, rivers, wetlands, aquifers and glacial environments. We use provincial and federal protocols such as the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network in rivers and will be testing the adaptation of the protocol in partnership with Environment Canada to assess wetland health. We use Provincial Ambient Water Monitoring and Groundwater Protocols, and will be testing citizen science protocols for blue-green algae and glacial monitoring, which has not been done before in BC. We will work with the Adaptation to Climate Team - SFU and our science advisory board to implement and test the ability to asses climate change impacts within each of the monitoring protocols we use.