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Sunshine Coast Arts Council

Indigenous non Indigenous

Mainstream culture is a system built largely on stratification to facilitate an efficient flow of resources to arts and heritage professionals. Culture is, after all, a highly subjective experience. What is great to one is meaningless to another. How then do we choose to distribute our money, time, and energy on the arts? The elements of popular, experimental and historical culture provide us with a clear hierarchy to make these decisions. And while we constantly aim for a meritocracy with-in this system, those who have greater access to (or relate well to) these elements flourish, while those who don’t…don’t. Youth are the great equalizer. It’s no co-incidence that the younger generations are the ones who re-invent our mainstream culture on an ongoing basis. Their biases are not as entrenched as their elders, their creative energy is vibrant, and their skills and abilities are beginning to emerge. We are proposing a series of two 2-day facilitated workshops that combine the resources of our organization and an established indigenous cultural organization with the fresh ideas and energy of local indigenous and non-indigenous youth and indigenous and non-indigenous artists. These workshops would explore the systemic issues noted above through the perceptions of local youth and artists; ultimately aiming to identify access points for marginalized voices with-in their communities, and ways that community-engaged arts could amplify them.

Surrey Art Gallery Association

Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) Program

SOCIAL INNOVATION: SAGA’s Partnering to Advance Social Capital through Strengthening Youth and Community Art Surrey is an increasingly important urban centre with a diverse, multi-ethnic population of over 500,000, with 40% under the age of 30 (30% of population is under 19, and a further 10% are under 30) and the province’s largest school district. 1,000 new residents arrive each month, not including children born here. Since 1984, SAGA has partnered with the Surrey Art Gallery (audience 50,000 annually), and other cultural and community organizations, to further its mission to advance community engagement with the contemporary arts and to support artists. Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) Program will enhance connection with and develop programming for youth and young adults. This initiative will implement and evaluate best practices for engaging young people between the ages of 15-30 in Surrey. Social Innovations include: partnering to advance social capital; shifting power dynamics; enabling young people to learn from and with artists and their community to build their skills; providing programs driven by youth for youth; and demonstrating potential of sustainable growth for participants, partners, and community.



The STATUS UPDATE project will contribute to systemic change in the beliefs that both youth and adults hold regarding social media and life online. Presentations, activities and workshops will kickstart meaningful and non-judgemental discussions amongst youth about our online lives. We will look at a variety of issues: self-representation, identity, the lure of social media, privacy and surveillance, online anonymity, and the exciting creative capacities of social media and online access. Each group of youth artists will be challenged to answer the following question: If you could explore one key idea with your younger peers (or your younger self) about social media, what would it be? Youth will be encouraged to choose diverse topics, and to experiment with video and other art practices to answer this question. Youth artists will bring their creations into nearby Elementary Schools, using their artwork to teach younger peers about positive, thoughtful and creative uses of social media. In our experience, youth better understand ideas when they engage in peer mentorship. In this way, our test program will influence changes of habit and beliefs of both the youth and children involved, with the media and curriculum produced extending that change well beyond our project. The youth-produced art will also take centre stage in an exhibit that will bring older generations into this conversation and challenge common protectionist attitudes towards youth and digital citizenship.

The Good Samaritan Society

The Imagination Network

What roles do people living with the experience of dementia want to play in our communities? This is the question at the heart of The Imagination Network. While rates of dementia rise in our communities [1], the voices of individuals with lived experience of dementia - their thoughts, stories, and ideas—fade into the background. In the emerging field of dementia advocacy, Swaffer (2014) coined the term “prescribed disengagement” to connote how once a person is diagnosed with dementia they are expected to disengage from society and to prepare for the inevitable decline in their cognitive abilities [2]. Current care practices for dementia focus almost exclusively on mitigating the biomedical “losses” for the individual and their caregivers. The Imagination Network shifts this focus towards creativity and citizenship by proposing a rigorous exploration of “prescribed engagement”. As a social innovation, The Imagination Network is centered on valuing people with the lived experience of dementia as contributors to society with important stories to tell. The Imagination Network combines Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Community-Engaged Arts Practice (CEAP) to engage participants with lived experience of dementia in the development of an evidence-based interdisciplinary theatrical production that tells their collective story. The ultimate goal is to foster engagement and build social inclusion for people living with the experience of dementia.

The Kalein Hospice Centre Society

Kalein Centre Liminal Leadership/Learning Lab

The Kalein Centre will promote social innovation through the creation of a Liminal Leadership Lab. The Lab will convene a broad range of cross-sectoral, multi-disciplinary thought leadership from across BC, in the form of health care professionals, allied health services, social sector and community agencies, patients, their families and other community voices. Through dialogues, workshops and seminars, the Lab will explore, develop and test new community-based approaches that can innovate, influence and elevate the ways in which end of life care is delivered and is accessible. In so doing, the Lab will become a generator of opportunities to enhance the quality of experience for both patient and caregiver. This interdisciplinary approach will shift perspectives and approaches in the way the system delivers end-of-life care. Outcomes generated through the testing of ideas and models developed in 2017, the Lab’s first “pilot” year, will be applied to the development and delivery of leadership and systems change training programs. We will work with health care professionals and others in BC, with the intent of cultivating and growing a network of change agents who can impact transformational shifts in policies and practice, with the ultimate goal of improving care. Lab initiatives will also seed changes in our social systems, through the introduction of new ways of engaging society in dialogue around aging and death as a natural part of life.

The Prince George Activators Society

GroundWork PG Education and Employment Program (aka GWPG)

With the goal of affecting the routines, resources and beliefs on a micro and macro level, GWPG will be divided into 3 interwoven, successive components. Participants will begin with a 120 day Aboriginal Wellness and employment education program at Aghelh Nebun – a remotely located Aboriginal focused facility. Within the education component, participants will take a variety of courses which will help them overcome employment barriers. Courses that pertain to the housing industry (carpentry, drywall, painting) will be combined with life skill courses (First Aid, Financial Literacy and Conflict Resolution). Simultaneously, participants will work with Lheidli T'enneh Elder Marcel Gagnon in the Soaring with Eagles program which promotes healing through developing increased knowledge, discipline and self-awareness. The courses will be structured towards Aboriginal learners and a Cultural Education Assistant will work with the Elder and participants in a reciprocal learning environment - providing assistance and support as needed. After completing the 120 days, participants will begin the first of two paid work experience segments at Aghelh Nebun. While earning a wage, participants will utilize the skills they have acquired during the courses in a controlled work environment (2-8 months). When the participants are ready they will transfer into Prince George and further their employment experience working with various community organizations on the GWPG community crew (3-12 months).

Theatre Conspiracy

Migration Path

Migration Path is the first edition of a new Theatre Conspiracy initiative, Conspiracy Showcase. If our initial test with this project is successful, we may apply it further with provincial or national scope. The goal is to bring together a group of six exceptional theatre artists/companies (three local and three national) to create three new shows about the immigrant and refugee experience through interaction with communities in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. We seek diverse, multi-lingual, multi-generational voices to participate in the creation of the shows, to bring together communities who have not previously interacted, and to showcase their common experiences and successes. Overseen by Theatre Conspiracy, the selected artists will develop shows in residence at such venues as the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, and (potentially) a Surrey venue between summer 2016 to summer 2017, and then showcase the projects together at The Cultch in Nov. 2017. We seek to involve public schools, community groups, refugee societies, and academics to integrate a wide variety of experience and knowledge that will lend depth to the project. The project’s core objective is to integrate Lower Mainland communities into the theatre-making process through workshops, open rehearsals and feedback sessions – free, inclusive, volunteer activities – that will guide our conception as we develop the project.

Theatre North West Society

Painting the Streets

a. Commission Artist b. Artist creates play synopsis and begins writing process c. Create a series of events to test out the content and form of the piece at various stages of its development in a public environment that involves the community d. To ensure that we are making art accessible to and reflective of all members of our community

Theatre SKAM Association

Shop Talk

Shop Talk is a new play that examines sexual politics in the work place. The performance takes place in a 10,000 sq. ft. working construction shop where the audience witnesses a dozen carpenters constructing and assembling a set for an opera. The action of the play follows Sarah, the protagonist, as she navigates this male-dominated work space. As we watch, jokes and stories are told and the collegial atmosphere strays into distasteful and rude territory. A sinister plot to harm Sarah emerges. The audience viewing area is the costume loft, a room with windows that looks down from a second floor onto the shop, providing considerable protection. The audience wears headphones. The actors are wearing wireless microphones and operate the tools and machinery in the shop. The audience has a chance to witness, to experience and to question the level of acceptability of using humour to repress women in the workplace. With a goal to build awareness and understanding, this project involves diverse communities of male, female and transgendered actors, designers and technicians, providing a strong sense of inclusion, fostering camaraderie and resilience, as well as building linkages with important members of our community. A female director is in place and we have begun to engage an all-female design team. This team provides leadership to a predominantly male IATSE crew, subverting traditional paradigms.

Tides Canada Initiatives

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.

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society

Creating Culturally Safe Workplaces for Indigenous Workers in the Social Care Sector

Over 52% of the children in youth in MCFD care are Aboriginal yet only 5% of MCFD’s 4200 staff are of Aboriginal heritage. Similar disparities exist in community agencies. However, research suggests that life outcomes are improved when Aboriginal children and families are served by staff who share cultural knowledge and experience, and who integrate cultural perspectives and teachings into their practice and care. This project will assist MCFD and community-based child, youth and family-serving agencies to address significant human resources and organizational issues that are compromising the capacity to deliver effective services and care to Aboriginal children, youth and families, i.e. recruitment, retention and practice challenges that are amplified within culturally unsafe workplaces. Specifically, the proposed project will complement cultural agility work that is currently underway in MCFD and through FCSSBC's Leadership 2020 initiative to: 1. Engage Aboriginal staff within MCFD and community agencies to better understand current state, key recruitment and retention factors and qualities of culturally safe workplaces 2. Convene staff, organizational, community and thought leaders in an 'innovation lab' to co-design an Aboriginal Organizational Development strategy and practices to enhance cultural safety 3. Share stories, emerging knowledge and practices to inspire organizations to address barriers and build cultural safety for clients/staff

Two Rivers Gallery

MakerLab Youth Immersion

MakerLab Youth Immersion will work with the local organizations to recruit twelve youth ages 15-20 each spring, with at least 50% of the participants self-identified as Aboriginal. Over the course of each year-long project youth will learn through a combination of Mentor-led modules and self-directed learning. MakerLab Youth Immersion teaches cultural competencies, introducing youth to Northwest Coast design, carving, wood turning, and metalsmithing, as well as new media which they cannot access in their high schools: laser cutting and 3D printing. Unlike in the education system, Mentors will work with small groups of students, ensuring that individuals get the attention they need to help them thrive. Youth will learn through multi-generational sharing with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Mentors. These connections will help shape these individuals as they make important decisions regarding their education and careers. Modules will include three weeks of instruction in traditional and new technologies, including training on MakerLab equipment, followed by self-guided exploration in an area determined by each individual. Unlike the formal education system, this is self-directed learning with the youth in the driver’s seat. Finally, youth will exhibit their creations alongside their Mentors, demonstrating not only the flow of knowledge from Mentor to youth, but the influence of the youth on their Mentors.

UBC - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Through our own eyes – Disclosure, Stigma and Criminalization of HIV in British Columbia

Canada stands out globally in its assertive approach to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The emphasis on criminal law in regulating HIV non-disclosure continues despite increasing evidence that the criminal law is an ineffective tool to prevent HIV transmissions. While frequently represented as a law that ‘protects’ women, to date there is limited understanding of how this law uniquely shapes the lived-experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWH) and the severe stigmatization they face. To gain a better understanding of the gendered impact of this law, we propose a group-based participatory photovoice project, where WLWH in a group setting collaborate to depict how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure shapes the negotiation of intimate relationships, HIV disclosure, HIV-related stigma and access to care. At the end of the project, together with the photovoice participants and with our community partner Positive Women’s Network (PWN), we will organize a public exhibition of the photographs and stories that WLWH generate. The proposed project follows up on key research and advocacy priorities that were identified by WLWH, academics, AIDS support organizations, clinicians, and legal experts at a Roundtable event organized by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI) in collaboration with PWN and the Canadian HIV Legal Network in October, 2015.

UBC - Department of Medicine Department of Medicine

Addiction treatment engagement among youth: Community-researcher-practice partnerships

In Greater Vancouver, youth (14 to 26 years of age) who engage in higher intensity drug use are vulnerable to numerous harms. Addiction treatment remains a cornerstone of addressing these harms. However, we continue to experience difficulties connecting youth with addiction treatment in our setting, even when services are available. A more in depth understanding of both the challenges and opportunities that shape youth’s access to a rapidly evolving landscape of addiction treatment in Greater Vancouver is urgently needed. Addressing this knowledge gap is particularly salient for vulnerable subpopulations of youth who use drugs, including street involved youth, gender variant and sexually diverse youth, and Indigenous youth. The aim of the proposed activities is to catalyze a new program of qualitative and ethnographic research that explores youth’s engagement with addiction treatment, care and recovery in Greater Vancouver, both across time, and across institutional settings. The goal of this new program of research is to inform and advocate for innovative addiction treatment services for youth in our setting. We request financial support in order to: 1. Host two planning meetings with local knowledge users, community stakeholders and members of the research team in Vancouver 2. Conduct exploratory interviews with local youth who engage in higher intensity drug use and local addiction care providers 3. Develop and submit a research funding proposal

UBC - Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Development of Humane Wildlife Control Accreditation Program

BC is known internationally for its diverse fauna, flora and landscapes; however, human activity can endanger wild animals and their habitat. Often to resolve human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife control is undertaken. This generally involves considerable animal suffering and can cause harmful environmental and non-target impacts. Although much research on control methods exists, this has yet to be translated into evidence-based codes of practice or standard operating procedures in Canada. As a result, there is no accepted set of methods that are regarded as “humane” for both lethal and non-lethal practices. The need for this type of credible standard has been expressed by the BC SPCA, the pest control industry, property owners and management companies, as well as by other Canadian and international animal welfare organizations. The beneficiaries of this project thus include the public, humane and conservation organizations, and the millions of wild animals subject to control practices every year in Canada. The UBC AWP is a leader in promoting welfare within conservation activities, recently hosting the 2015 Compassionate Conservation conference. In 2015, the UBC AWP also began development of evidence-based standards for humane wildlife control and is now seeking funding to test an innovative social enterprise opportunity. The project will continue a strong partnership with the BC SPCA, translating academic knowledge to operational standards and an accreditation program.

UBC - Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Beginnning in the Seventies: Women and Activism

We will begin by engaging two researchers to assist with the field work of reaching out to those managing archival collections of organizations such as the women’s print company and publisher Press Gang; Vancouver Women’s Health Collective, VIVO, anti-violence organizations such as Rape Relief, WAVAW, Kinesis magazine, Isis collective, among others. Individuals with ties to existing and defunct organizations will be contacted, and using simple communications tools such as social media and online platforms, a community of interest will be initiated. An investigation of artistic projects centred on activism will form a parallel body of research to be explored for potential commissioning opportunities. We will look to contemporary and earlier practices, focusing on overlapping concerns, methods, and media. Methods of self-organized discussion will be explored, such as Open Space technology – a mechanism through which participants themselves determine the questions to be addressed in face-to-face gatherings. At the culmination of the development period in late spring 2016, the Belkin Gallery will host an exchange event with opportunities for the community of interest to socialize and discuss their experiences in activism and cultural production, the relationship of these practices to the art scene of the 1970s and beyond. This gathering will use self-organized discussion models to determine the key questions to be asked and addressed, and a dinner will close out the event.

UBC - Office of Research Services

APPlying Mobility: Supporting Physical Activity for Marginalized Pregnant and Parenting Women

In order to address physical inactivity for marginalized pregnant and parenting women, we will need to gather further information, meet with key stakeholders, including service providers and women from the community, in order to solidify a prototype of a social innovation. The researchers agreed that the development of a physical activity and healthy living app to reach highly marginalized pregnant women should be strongly considered. We will determine how app development can be approached to best meet the needs of this particular community. Further the content, accessibility, and deliverability of such a resource will be assessed. The following plans/questions, which were discussed with Sheway, a community organization on the DTES, will guide the development process to address physical inactivity with pregnant and parenting women who are marginalized by poverty, racism, substance use, and trauma: 1. Conduct a community review of resources/programs that focus on physical activity for pregnant and parenting women on the DTES. 2. Establish relevant community partnerships for research and development 3. Assess current health and physical activity behaviours of women in the community 4. Determine what participants identify as barriers/facilitators of physical activity 5. Determine what community members identify as culturally safe and trauma and violence-informed physical activity 6. Determine what participants need to feel supported in being physically active

Fair Play 4 Children and Families in Vancouver's Inner City

To better understand this social issue and identify community priorities and goals, we propose a development project aimed at exploring community members’ and key stakeholders’ perspectives on the challenges children and families living in Vancouver’s DTES experience in relation to play and potential actions for enhancing meaningful play opportunities. This process will include: 1. An experienced community engagement coordinator and project assistant will initiate sensitive and respectful engagement of a broad, intersectoral group of stakeholders and community members. The specifics will be shaped by community dynamics and identified needs, but may include a variety of community workshops/gatherings aimed at facilitating an inclusive process for identifying community priorities, creating an action plan to address the various social and structural determinants currently hindering meaningful play in this community, and organizing a community action group that will work to enact the identified plan. 2. Part-time employment of two community member co-leads (possibly youth who have an expressed interest in developing advocacy skills) will build community capacity for facilitating community engagement activities. 3. A summary report outlining community-driven priorities and action plan.

Promoting access to care for women affected by intimate partner violence in the Downtown Eastside

The research project will test an innovative trauma informed outreach intervention to promote access to support services among highly isolated and vulnerable women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Our team’s earlier research identified many women experienced limited access to anti-violence and other health and social services necessary to prevent IPV and reduce its deleterious effects (e.g., poverty, homelessness, HIV, mental illness). Although supports exist barriers remain due to isolation, control by partners, knowledge gaps about services, and negative care encounters in formal clinical settings. Outreach activities are needed to connect support workers with women in ways that are non-harmful or re-traumatizing. This reflects a growing body of international inter-disciplinary research calling for trauma-informed care and services for vulnerable populations. Other research with women experiencing IPV demonstrated trauma-informed outreach facilitated access and uptake of services with direct health and wellbeing benefits. Through a participatory action research (PAR) approach involving researchers, health and social service leaders/staff and women experiencing IPV we will build on the capacity of current services to learn if and how integrating a trauma informed approach to outreach services facilitates women’s connections with health and social services and improves service coordination to address the populations’ needs.

Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-op

Patient Driven Health Care

Using UMHCs cooperative community health centre (CCHC) model to address the health gaps faced by vulnerable populations (in this case immigrants and refugees) is an innovation that will create scalable change at many levels of the system. Institutional: Approach the MoH as partners working towards the same goal of delivery of quality, cost effective healthcare. After building relationships, our communications will be in alignment with MoH interests; mirroring their language, indicators and metrics, we will adapt how we collect and present data to reflect MoH priorities. With MoH input, we will demonstrate the efficacy of the CCHC with the objective to influence allocation of resources to this type of community led initiative. Organizational: We will work with Health Authorities in building similar relationships and common goals as they implement MoH funding decisions. Network: We will engage co-op and CHC organizing bodies in flipping the routine us vs. them style of advocacy plaguing the relationship between the BC health system and community led health initiatives. Individual: As a young organization, our approach will involve building our capacity in member engagement and public relations, leaving a lasting impact at an individual level as skills developed and systems implemented will be ongoing. With so many barriers to system access, we look forward to a change in ambition as this vulnerable population engages in decision making around their health care.

University of British Columbia Irving K Barber Learning Centre

Indigitization Futures Forum

New models of information practice, grounded in the needs of First Nations governance, language revitalization, heritage preservation and Indigenous access protocols requires a collaborative engagement between those trying to support community information and knowledge management needs, and the broader professional and academic community concerned with supporting these initiatives. The Indigitization team is committed to “clarifying process and identifying issues in the conservation, digitization and management of Indigenous community knowledge” and the Forum is an opportunity to learn from the communities what we can do that will best support this commitment. Supporting knowledge and information workers in communities requires the development of more appropriate tools, relevant training and assessment services in concert with the expressed needs of these practitioners. Now that communities are working to bring their analogue media into the digital realm, they have insights and questions that will inform the development of practices and more relevant information systems designed for the specific needs of Indigenous communities. Those working in the academic context do not have ready-made solutions. It is only by working together, sharing ideas, learning from false starts and successes in the community context that new, “disruptive” information practices will be developed that motivate changes in how information management is transformed in this context.

University of British Columbia School of Social Work

Sexual Health Knowledge and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Participatory Theatre Project

This project focuses on improving sexual health knowledge and positive sexuality among adults with intellectual disability(ID). Using community-based participatory methods, we will use mixed methods to create, produce and evaluate a participatory theatre project on sexual health, sexuality and ID. The origins of participatory theatre are in community development, arts and social movements. Practitioners of participatory theatre are committed to innovation, collaboration, capacity building and social transformation. As such, it is a well-suited approach for addressing the sexual rights of adults with ID who are often constructed as asexual and childlike and/or lacking sexual boundaries. Our participatory theatre will be developed using arts-based qualitative methods to identify what information and tools are needed to achieve successful sexual health and sexuality. These findings will inform the development of sexual health educational tools and resources as well as the creation, delivery and evaluation of three participatory theatre performances. These products are aimed at increasing knowledge about sexual health and sexuality for individuals with ID and aimed at minimizing barriers and social stigma associated with sexuality and ID. The performances will be delivered in New Westminster. It is anticipated that the performance will be replicated in other communities adding to the project's ongoing scope of influence to advance positive change related to sexuality and ID.

Urban Ink Production Society

Reclaiming Space for Indigenous Arts

The social innovation of this project is to produce large-scale, mainstream, socially conscious and community engaged productions for 3 test years. During these seasons, there will be large scale work, led by Indigenous artists. This is an essential part of the social innovation of this project, as not only will Indigenous artists be being given ongoing work but also our community and audience will broaden through a more ongoing programming. The projects over the three years will focus a spotlight on the voices of Indigenous women through the following works: "Moonlodge" by Margo Kane - Agnes(Cree) has somehow finished high school, and now she’s hitch-hiking to California – or maybe New Mexico. Wherever the music is. Wherever the Powwow is. Wherever her family is. Only the venerable Margo Kane has ever performed this seminal solo work, full of life and wit, a classic of Indigenous Canadian theatre. "Unnatural and Accidental Women" by Marie Clements - The Unnatural and Accidental Women is a surrealist dramatization of a thirty-year murder case involving many mysterious deaths in the “Skid Row” area of Vancouver. "Sedna" by Reneltta Arluk & Corey Payette -Sedna is the Inuit goddess and a powerful force in Nunavut and around the Arctic circle. In tracing her story through Nunavut, Greenland, Norway, and Russia we awaken audiences outside of the North to be respectful of our oceans. It is an empowering Indigenous story about our women and their strength in our society.

UVIC - Office of Research Services

Diploma in Indigenous Community Development and Governance

The overall purpose of the diploma program as a social innovation project is to strengthen capacity of Indigenous communities with respect to governance and community development. Over the next six years, 60-80 graduates will contribute to Indigenous communities and influence significant systemic change. The program will help to develop related social innovation initiatives including the new Indigenous evaluation frameworks, performance measures and high impact in-community project reports that promote successful cases or offer solutions to community needs assessments. These initiatives will take place through coursework and capstone projects that demand real-world problem solving with in-community clients. We expect to strengthen the governance and self-determination aspirations and capacity of Indigenous peoples across BC in traditional areas and urban settings. The program will have wide-spread effect because it features accessible distance delivery with appropriate face-to-face connections and is steeped in community perspectives. Graduates’ ability to manage, negotiate and advocate on behalf of their communities will influence systemic change. We expect within 1 year of graduation, graduates will strengthen their communities directly and indirectly with about: - 40% taking on advanced positions in community through a leadership role. - 40% taking on advanced positions through a leadership role in organizations impacting on Indigenous communities.

Vancity Community Foundation

Facing Poverty in our Communities: building engaging networks

Through strengthening relationships from local to local and from local to provincial, the short-term aim is to change how we take action and work together to be more effective in the long-term aim of changing policies to benefit the health and well-being of people living in poverty. Many local groups are over-burdened with dealing with the symptoms of poverty and need support in taking action at the systemic level to tackle the root causes of poverty. This project will involve bringing together key provincial stakeholders for an intensive 2-day workshop in order to identify existing assets and work collaboratively on developing an effective provincial network. There has not been a provincial gathering of this nature in recent history so this has the potential to have a powerful impact. During the workshop, asset mapping will demonstrate the strength of existing local initiatives and provide opportunities for learning across communities. The gathering will also include an evaluation of supports needed to work on systemic change and what is the most effective way to nurture that support within the local, regional and provincial context without adding too much to over-stretched groups. Due to resources and the need to have a directed conversation the attendance will be limited to a meeting of 25 representatives. The framework developed through this process will build outwards to include more organizations and voices as it grows.