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Kelowna Community Resources Society

BREASTFEEDING ART EXPO: Influencing Change through Art

This project will influence systemic change towards our broad outcome to increase the number of people who attend and participate in artistic and cultural offerings through 15 culturally/artistically diverse community breastfeeding art projects (dance & music, poetry, painting, sculpting, quilting, photography, traditional Aboriginal art, children’s art & scientific art) that will tour across IH region. This will increase awareness of breastfeeding among target vulnerable populations and public, teaching its importance and benefits. This supports behaviour change at the individual level leading to change in cultural norms and beliefs of the social system. The project will remove barriers to intercultural artistic expression by broadening working partnerships between artist, community agencies, IH and schools serving multicultural communities. This will provide new opportunities for the flow of knowledge, resources and social capital within the system. Further, resource development such as an Art Catalogue, Teacher’s Guide, How-to-Guide, PowerPoint, online website, and a project evaluation led by UBC-O team, will provide evidence to support the value of art in improving health and encourage new ways of thinking about health through arts-based mediums. This will impact the authority flow of policy within the system by supporting BFI policy and practices within IH, and support the restructuring of health services to incorporate breastfeeding promotion into food security work.

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society

Downtown Eastside Artistic Community Outreach

This is a capacity building project to increase the participation of DTES artists and groups in using our studio spaces and in attending events that take place there. This project is connected to a sustainability issue that we face in operating the new cultural spaces. We have completed a draft business plan with consultant Linda Gorrie that identifies the financial challenges we will have in covering the overhead costs of operating the facility. Since our intention is to make KW Studios affordable and accessible to marginalized artists and groups in the DTES, we need to have a better understanding of the numbers of potential DTES users, their specific needs, and their financial capabilities, or lack thereof, toward contributing some cost returns, and the potential amount of time their use would entail. This will establish a target financial goal for providing partial or complete subsidies for those with artistic projects that could benefit from access to our physical resources. The facilities consist of a 1,050 sq.ft. dance studio adjacent to the Woodward's Atrium, a 3,802 sq. ft. basement production and recording studio, and a 450 sq. ft. meeting/workshop room on the 2nd floor. To find out what we need to know, we plan to hire a consultant with knowledge of the DTES community.

Lookout Society

Tide Pools: Art Thrives

The Lookout Society has worked with people with low or no income who have few, if any, housing or support options for over 40 years in the DTES area. Regaining and maintaining stability requires access to healthy choices and livelihoods. For many here this includes creative practices and social programs. Through our partnership with Gallery Gachet this project will strengthen outreach to community art programs. We will grow external relations to enhance training and mentorship. We can advance our community artists’ livelihoods. The Canada Council recognizes arts training beyond college and university education and includes mentorship, a history of exhibition, peer recognition and civic arts involvement as contributing to an artist’s profile. We can increase artist’s access to artist fees and recognize the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 decision to protect the minimal rights of artists to be paid. We will find new and alternative venues for exhibition, performance, sales and social engagement and we will broaden our participation in realms of cultural production beyond our neighbourhood. This project will advance both outreach and 'inreach'. With the support of staff and volunteers we will improve points of contact with culture-producing venues to gain and share a clear picture of arts programming. Identifying gaps, Gallery Gachet will create new educational opportunities and form a community alliance for the arts.

Marpole-Oakridge Family Place Society

Social Innovation Cohort: Buidling Capacity Bridging the Divide in Marpole

A grant to participate in a development process in order to explore the following issues: - a community assessment map of services, service providers, businesses, and public partners - identify who the stakeholders of the community are - a stakeholder engagement process to decide what are the gaps in services in the community and where should services be provided - the committee will collect, process, and evaluate the information gathered and create a capacity building and community bridging plan for the Marpole Oakridge area - create a terms of reference for process of engagement with current and future community partners and service providers - create an effective system of information and resource sharing to bridge the gap between service providers and provide easy access to information and resources for stakeholders The end result will be a plan that outlines how to address the change in services, location of services, how information is distributed throughout the community and City as large of changes, programs and resources available.

Mascall Dance Society

Put The Kettle On

Put the Kettle On (PKO) is a youth-led dance community event that provides marginalized youth access to creation, production and management. The PKO artistic team will partner with community service agencies in Port Hardy and inner-city Vancouver. PKO disrupts basic routine (how we act and what we do), providing structured workshops that offer a foundation in dance and rhythmic movement, a physical outlet for self-expression and a shared dance experience that creates a sense of community/culture. Further, PKO disrupts resource flow (money, knowledge, people) to provide youths unique access to artistic expression. Participants will learn to create, produce and manage a community dance event from start to finish. In recognition of the time and commitment of involved youth, PKO will pay honoraria. Shoes and socks are supplied. Meals will be provided at workshops for the duration of the project. A sense of authentic achievement comes from making art with others and bringing it to life in event form. From a healthy creative outlet for self-expression, a toolkit of practical and emotional skills, and a connection with others comes empowerment. It is likely that with this experience, participants will go on to engage in artistic production in future.

McCreary Centre Society

Changing outcomes for youth in care – A Collective Impact approach

Collective Impact is a process which can be used to bring about change in complex problems in our communities. The Vancouver based project is using the Collective Impact process to bring stakeholders, youth and service providers together around a common goal, to improve the unfavourable outcomes experienced by many youth leaving government care. There are five mutually reinforcing conditions that are essential to the success of a Collective Impact approach to addressing a complex problem: developing a common vision across all stakeholders; introducing shared measurement across a service system; creating mechanisms for coordinated planning of different parts of a service system; creation of continuous communication protocols across stakeholders; and investment in dedicated system coordination. Phase 1 of the initiative (2014-2016) entailed assessing if there was a shared vision as well as willingness and ability to move forward collectively to support youth transitioning out of care in Vancouver. An initial vision was established that no youth will "age out of care." This means the system will address the need for youth to have caring connections in place, before they reach the age of 19. In Phase 2 (2016-2018), shared measures will be developed, a governance structure will be finalized and implemented, and there will be a focus on ensuring youth “ageing out” of care will have five caring connections. Project participants will examine existing service provision systems and supports (both formal and informal) that would need to realign in order to meet the vision. The knowledge and momentum gained in Phase 2 will create the opportunity to implement real change moving forward into Phase 3 (the sustainable action and impact phase). This application is to support the first six months of Phase 2 (June – December, 2016).

Meal Exchange

Real Food Challenge B.C.

Meal Exchange will bring together campus, community, and industry partners to leverage the $20M annual purchasing of B.C.’s campuses to drive demand for ecological agricultural practices-- focusing on improving water quality, wildlife habitat, mitigating climate change-- and improve animal welfare. To do this, we are adapting the award-winning Real Food Challenge from the U.S. to B.C. It w ill shift authority and resource flows on campuses, while also changing beliefs systems about the priorities of institutional procurement, through: -The Real Food Campus Commitment: university presidents publicly commit to the goal of purchasing 20% Real Food within 3 years, mandating foodservice companies and campus administration to change procurement practices. -The Real Food Calculator: provides a rigorous definition and process, based on existing industry certifications, to audit purchasing and identify areas of improvement to reach 20% Real Food on campus. Building off one-year seed funding from Real Estate Foundation and Vancity to test the program with 6 pilot campuses, support from Vancouver Foundation will allow us to adapt and sustain this program at all 11 universities in B.C. The Test grant’s funding through 2019 will give us the runway needed to measure results-- developing the evaluation tools and data to demonstrate the impact of campus purchasing on B.C.’s environment-- and establish long-term funding with campuses to scale the program across B.C. and Canada.

Miistakis Institute for the Rockies Inc.

Road Watch BC: Involving people in getting animals safely across the road.

Our program will integrate science, technology and innovation to address biodiversity loss associated with roads through the establishment of a citizen science program. Road Watch BC will enable the driving public to generate a large and spatially precise dataset of wildlife observations associated with Highway 3, using a smartphone application that allows passengers to immediately upload wildlife sightings and collisions to our on-line database.This information can then be shared with government agencies, scientists, civil society organizations, communities and local governments and to inform mitigation solutions, promote local awareness of crossing locations and change driving behavior. This program will influence systemic change by altering the flow of resources and how people behave. A citizen science approach improves the fluidity of knowledge and democratizes science by enabling the public to participate in information collection, analysis and sharing. Citizen science programming fosters dialogue within a community and builds engagement around a challenge, ultimately improving the diversity of stakeholders engaged in developing solutions. In addition, we expect to see behavior change whereby participants will know where wildlife are most common along the highway enabling modification of driving behavior. We also expect participants to have a general heightened awareness of the risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions, and to adjust their behavior accordingly.

Museum of Vancouver

What's Trust Got to Do With It?

What’s Trust? is intended to move the levers how we act and what we believe. The goal Is to enhance social connection in order to create community value—and ultimately have region-wide impact. The social innovation art and design for social change will focus artists and an interdisciplinary team on encouraging individuals to connect with others. Based on collaboration with a major arts and design institution, local and internationally known artists and designers, and organizations that engage Vancouverites at risk of isolation, MOV will create partner-driven research and engagement activities in 2016-17 and a groundbreaking exhibition and programming in 2017-18. Our social innovation development process will bring together institutional partners and a working team of artists, designers, and social science experts with isolated groups and museum members in collaborative workshops to express, test, and develop prototypes: the strategies, programs, and exhibition that will form the project products. Core project partnerships, partnering organizations, knowledge sharing, and media outreach will promote innovation discussion and adoption. Trust is the essential, but not sufficient, condition for social connection. What’s Trust targets the root causes of social isolation by engaging people in exploring the meanings of trust through storytelling that explore ‘simple’ questions of unexpected complexity—‘who will fix my car?’ ‘will I vote?’ ‘would I talk to him?

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Three Questions for Nanaimo

Exploring themes that are integral to the identity of this community, "Black Diamond Dust" and "Silva" empowered residents to encounter contemporary art on their own terms. "Three Questions for Nanaimo" will build on this momentum and engagement involving more people and more points of view. The Gallery will scale deeper through sustained, long term dialogues with community stakeholders, partner organizations, and local thought leaders, growing a community that supports the gallery because the artworks and ideas it shares matter to them. Our project will launch with the question: "What Does it mean to Live on an Island," and will engage expertise from a range of constituents including members of Vancouver Island’s indigenous communities, marine biologists, ecologists, fishers, and academics, along with local, national, and international artists, creating an innovative and sustainable year long program of exhibitions, public events, and encounters. This model will also build our organizational capacity: we will hire a curatorial assistant and increase education staff hours. Through expanded field research and outreach, we will create opportunities to connect with specific partners, and work in more sustained long-term relationships. Years two and three will explore questions around communication and mobility. Each project will be based in the gallery, but extended through the region, and widely activated through digital and print platforms.

Nanaimo Child Development Centre Society

Creating Systemic Change for Physically Disabled Youth in Need of Mental Health Services

Navigation programs are an important short term strategy to help families make their way through a complex & often segregated array of mental health services. They are also a path to direct action to resolve barriers to care, achieving systemic reform. Having recently received a grant & some Board funding to test such a program, the NCDC will assess the extent to which it can influence the latter. At a systems level, by liaising with families with lived experience, mental health support groups & clinicians, adjunct care agencies & funding bodies, the navigator will “map the system” resulting in the identification of the common challenges & service gaps facing families & highlight promising practices & potential opportunities for systemic change. At a clinical level, clients are initially triaged by a NCDC Zone Team. If a Team cannot manage a client's needs, the navigator will enlist support from the broader community, promoting agency collaboration & integration of mental health services. At an individual level, families engaged in program development will, with peer support, begin to advocate for change. Work at all levels will, we believe, change the way we interact with clients, provider groups & funders; identify pressure points & force a reallocation of resources internally & externally; inform public policy. It expects us to be innovative, to rethink the current landscape & acknowledge that systemic change requires patience, persistence, & commitment.

Native Courtworker & Counselling Association of B.C.

Building Consensus Towards a Better Outcomes Strategy for Aboriginal Children

The newly-formed Aboriginal Justice Council, a collaborative partnership between three major First Nations change agents in BC, aims to facilitate social inclusion for Aboriginal children who are impacted by ongoing exclusion, stigmatization, and trauma as a result of their involvement in the child protection and justice systems. The Aboriginal Justice Council will work with government agencies as equals to identify issues in existing mechanisms, policies, procedures, and processes and develop consensus on a better justice outcomes strategy to reduce the numbers of Aboriginal children removed from families and communities and placed into foster care and jails, and to increase their belonging and inclusion. This project will disrupt the existing system by creating a new highly credible and trusted key player that cannot be ignored or merely accommodated but whose recommendations must be adhered to. This requires frank dialogue on years of disinvestment and disempowerment resulting from colonial governance and practice and the profound lack of interest, sense of accountability, and empathy concerning the legacy of adverse results for Aboriginal people. The council will focus its attention, as mandated by the people, on creating meaningful change in existing systems that will facilitate social inclusion for all Aboriginal children in BC who are part of the overrepresentation in or vulnerable to becoming part of the justice and child protection systems, and their families.

Nature Trust of British Columbia

KCP Landowner Outreach Program

In 2015 the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) worked with both it's West Kootenay and East Kootenay Stewardship Committees (55 partner organizations) to discuss KCP's role in Landowner Outreach in the Kootenay Region. The Committees identified the need to increase regional support for Landowner Outreach and addressed the need to develop a comprehensive plan for 2017/2018 to deliver: 1) a web-based landowner Stewardship Resource Centre 2) KCP landowner outreach support to partner organizations (i.e. conference/workshops, landowner resource guide, etc) In order to develop a comprehensive plan, KCP will host two 1 day facilitated workshops with both the East and West Kootenay Stewardship Committees to determine the goals for a Landowner Stewardship Resource Centre and how KCP can provide support to it's partner organizations. KCP will provide extensive background information and resources to the committees prior to the workshops and will compile the results of the workshops to create a comprehensive plan for 2017/2018.

NEC Native Education College

Northwest Coast Arts Heritage Project

The project will develop and strengthen networks and systems for Northwest Coast First Nations traditional cultural arts education and transmission. The project will build on the successful Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts certificate program at the NEC and the credit laddering partnership with Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Project partnerships will expand to the Kwaguilth, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Haida, Tsimsian, Gitksan and Nisga'a Nations to develop further structures for formline art and silver carving transmission. This will include links with the Aboriginal owned cultural tourism facilities including the Haida Cultural Centre, U'Mista Cultural Museum, Aboriginal Tourism BC and educational facilities such as the Wilp Wilxo'osh'whl Nisga'a College and the Frieda Deising School of Northwest Coast Art. In addition to one delivery of the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts certificate program in Vancouver, the program will be delivered in partnership with one First Nation or First Nations organization on Vancouver Island and one on the north coast over the duration of the project. The support letters from the community of Skidegate on Haida Gwaii and three First Nations near Port Hardy on Vancouver Island are appended. A diploma level of the program or a second certificate in Arts and Cultural Management will be developed by the project.

Neil Squire Society

Communities Creating Accessible Technology

Our vision is to develop a new model that gets assistive technology out to communities and people that need it at a fraction of the cost. Similar to how open source software has enabled access to many computing solutions, we want to leverage the growing open source hardware movement to allow communities and people with disabilities gain affordable access to assistive technologies. We will develop a regionally based, just-in-time delivery model for assistive technology that engages local disability support, skilled volunteers, post-secondary institutions, makers and hacker communities. We feel there is an untapped potential in the maker and education space to create solutions that can positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. We will guide these groups to become leaders, volunteers and creators of change in providing low cost access technology. Assistive Technologies are often marked up 300% to cover profitability of both the manufacture and distributor. By leveraging open designs created on demand at the local level, it can eliminate costs associated with current distribution models. We have found that engineers who create custom solutions for an individual develop a strong lasting relationship that connects people across social economic boundaries and creates more caring communities. Democratization of assistive technology production is a social innovation that can transform inclusion, and increase connections within a community.

Network of Inner City Community Services Society

Social Innovation Cohort: Chinese-speaking Seniors Service Delivery HUB

A grant to participate in a development process to explore the needs of Chinese-speaking seniors in our community. The question is not ‘what kind of special projects can we create to reach out to and support these seniors?’ but, rather, “given that the majority of these seniors are long-tern members of the community, and that the majority of them are Canadian citizens, why have the public and private services, that should be available to residents, not been designed and developed in ways that meet the needs of this key community demographic?” As was pointed out at a recent meeting of service providers, almost all the services available in the neighbourhood are focused on serving people living with addictions and/or severe mental health issues, many of whom live in SROs or are on the street. It is little wonder that many elderly residents of the area, whether Chinese-speaking or not, feel not just uncomfortable but afraid when trying to access these services, even though they may desperately need the assistance. One of the models to which we will be looking as we move forward is that of the highly successful ‘South Vancouver Seniors Hub” and, in particular, the toolkit developed by the Hub (Seniors Hub Toolkit) to assist other neighbourhoods in empowering and supporting seniors to directly impact the types of services and supports available to them.

Social Credit Lending System For Young People

The goal of the project is to assess the viability of a social credit lending system for young people who have aged out of care. During crises, these young people often lack a financial safety net. NICCSS has undertaken preliminary conversations with YACs from VACFSS and Aunt Leah's in order to locate the gaps for young people who have aged out of care that could be filled by an ethical lending system. They reported that young people often lack funds for basic needs such as food, housing, medical cost and transportation, as well for aspirational needs like technology, education, career and personal development. The project would work with young people, community partners, financial institutions, health care providers, housing providers, and corporations to develop an ethical social credit lending system responsive to the needs of young people, giving them choice without miring them in needless debt. The project would work to establish a social credit score system whereby young people would receive "credit" for demonstrating connectedness to community and pro-social activities that would give them access to much-needed capital. Young people often face poverty; the project’s repayment system would allow young people to be successful in meeting the terms of their loan by accepting cash repayments, as well as goal-related and meaningful experiences such as volunteer work or work skills development, which will further increase community connections and pro-social activities.

Power to the People(!): making a neighbourhood work for Chinese speaking Seniors

This project takes a different approach than has traditionally been taken in looking at the needs of Chinese-speaking seniors in our community, i.e.: not ‘what kind of special projects can we create to reach out to and support these seniors?’ but, rather, “given that the majority of these seniors are long-term members of the community, and that the majority of them are Canadian citizens, why have the public and private services that should be available to residents not been designed and developed in ways that meet the needs of this key community demographic?” 1. Addressing service fragmentation • Formalize Service Providers’ Network • Develop and update a bilingual service directory 2. Empowering Chinese seniors by creating a seniors’ advisory (SA), and ultimately a Seniors Hub Model. We will be using learning from the highly-successful ‘South Vancouver Seniors Hub” and, in particular, the toolkit developed by the Hub( Seniors Hub Toolkit) to assist other neighbourhoods in empowering and supporting seniors to directly impact the types of services and supports available to them. • Identify Chinese-speaking seniors who are leaders and volunteers in the neighbourhood. • Develop Chinese materials and conduct outreach to engage Chinese senior community • Conduct capacity-building activities to build seniors’ collective knowledge and voice • Work with SA to develop terms of reference and vision for council • Support SA members to utilize their personal networks

Okanagan College Foundation

Gateway to the Trades for Youth At Risk

School District 22 North and Okanagan College would replicate Central Okanagan model by offering an annual cohort for a trial period of three years, starting with the school year 2016-17. Annual cohorts of 15-20 at-risk students in grades 10-12 would participate for a 12-week Gateway to the Trades program encompassing the four progressive stages. The aim of each stage is to help at-risk youth acquire the necessary skills to be successful at each level. Students would begin by taking a 5 week Pre-Gateway program at a school to be determined in Vernon. (Pre-Gateway focuses on readiness skills including time management, communication, problem solving, trades math and team building).. Those students who are successful in completing Pre-Gateway will go to camp (stage 2) for social connection and self development. Stage 3 involves exploring a variety of trades for an extended 10 week period at the OC Vernon Trades Centre. In stage 4 students will select a specific trade and enter a Dual Credit Foundation Studies program for an extended 20-40 weeks depending on the trade selection. The program provides a pathway to education/career opportunities to a cohort of youth facing significant barriers to post-secondary attainment. The program in this region supports at youth risk in the region with the opportunity to change behaviors and habits into forward momentum and building capacity to learn and transition to further education.

Pacific Autism Family Centre Society

GO Group

The GO Group strategy seeks to address the gap in employment equity services, with a focus on providing relevant vocational skills building and tangible work experience. Given our internal capacity, PAFC is uniquely able to implement a robust social enterprise strategy to fulfill operational needs. GO Group is a multi-venture social enterprise with a vocational development backbone; the GO Group ventures are: 1) GO Café, 2) GO Custodial, 3) GO Landscaping, 4) GO Business Solutions and 5) GO Innovation. GO (Goal Oriented) positions are paid, part-time employment positions, with a term ranging from 6 months to 2 years, based on person centered intake process, planning and goal acquisition. The intent of the GO position term is for individuals to articulate specific goals within a skill development framework focused on a position/industry they are interested in. When goals are achieved, individuals will be referred to an employment placement agency. PAFC will then assist the agency in securing the GO employee mainstream community employment. All operations would be inclusive, the ratio of neuro-typical staff to individuals with diverse abilities will depend on the business specific requirements of each venture. All GO employment is intentionally supportive with in house job coaching and support staff, specialized learning tools and peer mentorship components, all run through a standardized tracking and reporting method, such as the Open Badges learning management software.

Pacific Community Resources Society

Social Innovation Cohort: LGBTQ2S Mentorship

A grant to participate in a development process in order to explore the idea to create a new pathway for LGBTQ2S youth to access services and supports related to housing, life skills, and social-emotional competence. Research has shown that building permanency though stable and supportive close relationships leads to more positive outcomes for youth in care. Our project will focus on LGBTQ2S youth who are in care, in unsafe/unsupportive homes, homeless, or unstably housed to build long-term community connections through establishing a roster of queer-friendly community housing alternatives, mentorship pairing, and a network of supportive LGBTQ2S peers and adults. The development process will begin by consulting key stakeholders on issues relating to LGBTQ2S youth. We will talk to young people and frontline workers (such as our Housing staff) to better understand gaps in our current system and we will connect with community organizations who have implemented programs related to LGBTG2S youth, housing, and mentorship to better understand what is being done. Specifically, we look to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s new Aura Host Homes project as model for social innovation in this area. Finally, we plan to assess the available resources and capacity that exists for this project by forming a planning group made up of stakeholders from BYRC and at least one additional organization. Together with a youth steering committee we will determine an outline for a pilot project pairing mentorship with housing for LGBTQ2S youth.

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation

Coalition of BC Animal Welfare Organizations

To build a sustainable animal welfare system in B.C., Paws for Hope is spearheading the BC Animal Welfare Coalition, a network of organizations who will work together to create a more sustainable approach to animal welfare and vastly improved outcomes for animals in BC. Twenty-one organizations, including municipal and SPCA shelters, launched the coalition in 2016 with two primary purposes: 1. To create professional operational and practical standards for rescue organizations in BC 2. To enable organizations to work together to fund and implement regional or provincial strategies to address the greatest challenges we face that lead to pet abandonment, abuse, and overpopulation Through the Coalition we will work to make systemic change to our animal welfare system by: 1. Shifting societal values: a. Changing both how citizens in our communities care for their pets and how rescue and welfare organizations carryout their work b. Influencing legislation, bylaws, and regulations that govern animal welfare to ensure they are based on research and best practices 2. Increasing organizational capacity: a. Securing greater levels of funding and applying these on a broader scale to achieve the greatest impact b. Developing common practices and increasing knowledge of those working in animal welfare to ensure the highest standards of care for our pets 3. Reaching remote and under resourced communities

Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education

Engaging British Columbians in shaping our collective climate legacy

This year, project staff met with 150+ organizations to better understand why & how these groups might wish to engage on climate policy. Several have become central allies. Clean Energy BC (power producers), Green Jobs BC (labour+NGOs), Climate Smart (businesses), the Bowen Group (high-emission industries + ENGOs), the Urban Development Institute (building developers), Union of BC Municipalities, Organizing for Change (ENGOs) and others have worked with us to highlight opportunities to advance climate policy collectively with their members. We are seeking funding for a 3-year Test Grant to strategically expand & deepen the participation of British Columbians in climate action. This will also allow us to respond to more requests from grassroots groups, First Nations and community leaders to provide analysis and assistance on development issues relevant to them. With climate policy windows officially open federally and provincially, groups can now advocate effectively (using a GHG emissions lens) on issues such as pipelines, tankers, fracking, LNG, etc. We will test & expand our engagement, by partnering with key allies across strategic sectors (e.g., buildings, industry, ENGOs, labour, local government, First Nations, grassroots groups and media) to engage their networks in shaping climate policy. This work will change “how we act”, “money, knowledge & people”, and “laws, policies & rules”, and in promoting a more engaged society, will inform our “values & beliefs".

Phoenix Transition Society

Harmony House: Holistic Perinatal Supportive Housing for Women Struggling with Substance Use

The proposed project aims to provide upstream prevention and early intervention supports to women struggling with substance use, especially Indigenous women, while they are pregnant and during the post-partum period using a decolonizing approach. The project will 1) provide safe and supportive housing in Prince George that will deliver a harm reduction, holistic model of care that has only previously been modeled in large urban centers and, 2) provide comprehensive services targeted at pregnant substance-using women adressing medical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. The program will assist women to gain life-skills, Elder mentorship, ready access to pre and postpartum education and support, assistance in moving into independent living with their infants, and break generational cycles of substance-use and child apprehension in communities. An important, and unique aspect of this project will be incorporation of Indigenous traditions and approaches to health with Aboriginal grandmothers at the center of our approach. Our project will influence systemic change towards health and well-being by targeting social determinants affecting vulnerable, pregnant women. More than solely housing, our approach aims to model culturally safe, wrap-around care for at risk women in a way that is highly scalabe to other rural and remote settings. Furthermore, this project follows a holistic and decolonizing approach to care - an emergent approach to providing care accross the north.

PHS Community Services Society

Window's Education Enhancement Initiative

There is more demand than can be satisfied by the program & a lack of resources to invest in scaling. A strategic investment will trigger scaling the programming & achieving a sustainable scale of operation will mean increased levels of lifestyle stability & an increased capacity to take in more & new students/peer. We’ve seen evidence during our pilot that our social innovation has potential to impact and change stigmatization, socioeconomic barriers & narratives about those in transition from homelessness to stable independent lives, including those facing mental health or cultural barriers. Due to the nature of the system, we face challenges in commitment levels of our core staff & costs of doing business in DTES epicentre. We’re confident that the former can be mitigated with increased capacity to mentor, train & involve key staff members so that they’re able to be invested in the program more often in an integrated manner. By involving peer leaders regularly we’ll affect basic routines, transform participants into leaders & educators with direct connections to peers, positively affecting the resource flow. We seek to demonstrate a new model for training, providing a successful example of how comprehensive life, intellectual, business & tangible skills can translate into a higher rate of success in transitioning people to economic independence. We seek to change the behaviour and resource flows of traditional service delivery to incorporate elements of our innovation.