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Vancity Community Foundation

Aging Out of Foster Care in B.C. Study Circles

Working with the Canadian Federation of University Women-BC Council and their clubs around the province, this project will explore the challenges facing young people aging out of foster care in B.C. by organising a working group to review and update the Study Circle Facilitators Guide, by training adult and experiential facilitators, by hosting a series of local study groups through CFUW-BC clubs across the province, by facilitating an Action Forum, and by distributing the Facilitators Guide, Action Ideas Pamphlet, and Final Report to clubs, study circle participants, and community organisations. We intend to hire an experiential young person with facilitation skills to coordinate the provincial activities and an adult co-facilitator to assist with developing the guide, facilitating training and hosting the Action Forum.

Connecting Community to Surrey Youth Leaving Care, Phase 2

Building on the outcomes and learning from phase 1, this project will take the next step in engaging community members to support Surrey youth transitioning from care. The goals of the project are: youth engagement/voice; taking local action; raising public awareness; and collaboration with the local Aboriginal friendship centre. An advisory group of youth in and from care will guide every stage of the project. They will participate in a weekend retreat, where they will prioritize ideas from the key themes of education; skills training and employment; housing; physical and mental health; and connections with others, identified in phase 1. Phase 1 participants and others will then convene to develop specific action plans and mobilize the community to roll out initiatives for 3-5 priority activities, which will be evaluated and revised if necessary, to ensure that they continue after project completion. We will convene events in years 2 and 3 that bring together community stakeholders in Surrey, to share knowledge and solutions for youth aging out of care. A web-based resource will be developed and distributed widely, to profile the project, list current initiatives for use by practitioners and youth aging out of care, and describe systemic reforms needed for lasting change. Partnership with FRAFCA will enhance Indigenous cultural awareness and inform priority activities. The final activity will be a public engagement event intended to promote and sustain the projects.

Code Red: Testing a “CARP” approach to B.C.’s affordability crisis

Political systems respond to those who organize and show up – at the ballot box and in between elections. While aging Canadians have long had umbrella advocacy groups persistently advancing their interests, younger Canadians have not. Our "CARP for younger Canada" approach tests what we can achieve by filling that gap. We'll influence systemic change via 4 key levers: How we act - we'll engage younger British Columbians in non-partisan, evidence-based political organizing. Our public Code Red campaign will be a catalyst. Beliefs – along the way we'll tackle the belief that younger people are entitled, lazy, etc. (i.e. individually at-fault) and replace it with a belief that society is holding us back by failing to invest in us; via earned media, extensive community presentations, and our website, social and email channels. Resource flows – we'll channel the above to spur increased public investment in younger Canadians, guided by an annual analysis. Laws & policies – we'll mobilize support for policies that ease the squeeze, e.g. adequately funded universal child care, extended parental leave, housing market reform and investments. * * Rather than inflexibly committing to a SINGLE policy, we seek opportunities to advance whatever evidence-based policies have in-the-moment traction WITHIN our realm of research & expertise on the social determinants of health. This project has a clear emphasis on housing and family/affordability policy.

Regional Poverty Reduction Hubs: Connecting Communities for Upstream Action

There's nothing like meeting face to face and building relationships in local communities. We learned that when we travelled around the province hosting community workshops and we want to build on that to become a truly engaged provincial network. We have developed a very productive coalition of groups working on anti-poverty initiatives within Metro Vancouver and we plan to take the best practices of this work and test them in 2 other regions in BC (Okanagan and North). These regions have been selected because of their differences in public and political support for this systemic change so they will provide a productive comparison for growing the network in the future. Our work is focused on three streams: building capacity of our member organizations, including increased opportunities for collaboration (with the aim of impacting the resource flows of a social system, how knowledge and people can interact in different ways); increasing public awareness of these issues and the need for systemic change (to influence beliefs and routines); and political advocacy (to change the authority flows of a social system). We plan to take these into other regions by setting up 2 Regional Poverty Reduction Hubs with provision of regional coordinators and expansion of our programs, including a Leadership Development program, regional Speaker Series events, coordinating action research with local partners, and producing outreach material (video, online, print) that resonates locally.

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Diversity and Inclusion Audit and Planning Project

With assistance we’ll engage a Diversity and Inclusion specialist to do workshops with staff, board, and artists. The goal will be to ensure leadership acknowledge and examine personal and organizational biases and that we begin to understand the barriers for under represented artists. In conducting this audit, we seek to understand our diversity deficits. We’ll start by classifying participation in recent Fringes, asking the following questions and more: How many artists were people of colour? What percentage was this of all participants? How do they learn about the Fringe? How many artists of colour can we identify that would be possible participants? What are the barriers? Cost? Different production culture? Language? Lack of information on how the Fringe works? The audit will be socially innovative by examining power structures and to redistribute opportunity to those who may not be able to access it. By understanding why Vancouver’s diversity is not reflected in the Fringe, we seek to change. Once we know what the barriers are, we can address them. While this project aims to serve the needs of artists of colour, the more diverse the content on our stages is, the more diverse the audience—and the exposure to different cultures engenders higher levels of cross cultural understanding and dialogue.

Vancouver Native Health Society

Innovating a Primary Healthcare System to Reduce Structural Violence

The social innovation of this project is the inclusion of Indigenous Elders in genuine partnership with primary care providers in urban clinic environments. Although this sounds simple, genuine partnership with Indigenous Elders necessitates tackling the systemic challenges of discordant values and epistemologies, that underlie the perpetuation of structural violence and associated lack of infrastructure and resources for Indigenous health services. Although this process has already begun at VNHS, there are still significant system challenges that need to be addressed. VNHS's attempt to address systemic challenges will include creating more opportunities for Elders, primary care providers, community members, and administrators to engage in meaningful dialogue. The dialogue will focus on establishing a clear set of shared health system values and identifying and addressing causes of structural violence. Resources can then be used to draft a shared clinic mission statement, and collaboratively seek solutions to systemic barriers such as inadequate space for ceremony within the clinic. We also aim to foster increased opportunities for meaningful participation by patients, community members, clinic staff and physicians in Elder-led ceremonies, which we have identified as a key cultural process with strong potential to diminish power inequalities.

Vancouver Out On Screen Film & Video Society

LGBT2Q+-inclusive education through effective policy creation and implementation

We will begin to scale our program by adding capacity within our team and conducting an environmental scan of the provincial education system, including an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that might impact our goals. We will identify both potential champions and laggards at the provincial, district, and school levels, and undertake targeted outreach to build relationships with these key stakeholders. Simultaneously, we will work with others to build political and administrative support at the provincial and district levels for SOGI policy and implementation, as well as the valuable training that Out in Schools provides. With the support of our champions, we will strategically participate in professional development days for teachers and support staff, equipping them with the tools and knowledge necessary to communicate change within their schools. While we currently reach teachers and support staff incidentally as part of our presentations within schools, scaling up will allow us to implement our program more strategically and at the network level across school districts. As we are working to encourage policy and curriculum improvements at the provincial and district levels, we will concurrently support new champions for these changes at the school level by strategically focusing the location of our presentations on districts that have not yet implemented SOGI policies and that we have assessed to have the greatest possibility for change.

Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre

Victoria Child Advocacy Centre

This project will influence Systemic Change towards the Broad Outcome of "supporting children/youth to improve their health and wellbeing" by addressing the following social determinants of health: 1. Social Support Networks: project strengthens support networks that help child abuse victims; strategies to solve problems and deal with adversity, manage crises and life circumstances 2. Social Environment: service co- location is a community response sharing resources for victims seeking to regain trust, family functioning and healing and reduce effects of abuse and violence 3. Coping Skills: promotes resiliency, self care, safety planning, crises management, positive child & family development 4. Healthy Child Development: supports secure attachments in families; educates caregivers The project builds upon capacity of children and youth to articulate their experience and police and forensic examiners to collect critical evidence in safe,supportive environments in the child's best interest. It reduces barriers and is a model of multistakeholder involvement (police, health, mental health) and contributes to a safe/caring community and expedites evidence collection - that has been found to result in fewer trials, increased convictions and less trauma for families.

Victoria Community Food Hub Society Victoria Community Food Hub Society

Neighbourhood Food Hubs and Networks Development Project

Through the Regional Food Systems Collective Impact process over 300 leaders from diverse sectors have been involved in determining key strategies to align policy, resources and efforts to address food insecurity. Cross cutting two impact areas (Food Access and Food Literacy) is the identified strategy of developing neighbourhood and community place based food hubs and networks that can coordinate programs and services to increase food literacy and access to healthy food (Neighbourhood Food Hubs and Networks Strategy). A Working Group of key leading agencies has been developed, and a roundtable of over 35 agencies and local government was held May 3, 2016 at Victoria City Hall to discuss how to reassemble neighbourhood based organizations, schools and public programming and infrastructure. The Working Group was directed to work with key community and public institution players to build relationships, review best practices, discuss the strategy and implications for policy programming and public infrastructure, and develop pilot focus neighbourhood initiatives. The WG will also use "what is working" already (Saanich Neighbourhood Place and the Vancouver Food Networks) to help inform our development pathway. The next year will be focused on gathering these best practices, what agencies need to do differently, what resources need to be generated, what health and local government policy may need to shift to support this approach- to inform our plan and pathway forward.

Victoria Humane Society

First Nations Animal Management Clinic Project

To effectively deal with dog overpopulation, an Animal Management Program must be established and implemented to gain control of the issue as well as educate, empower, and challenge the community to incorporate Bylaws and regulations in pet ownership. The VHS will work with three First Nations to provide the following services over a minimum period of three years to eradicate the issue of dog overpopulation: • Wellness exams that will include basic inoculations and deworming as well as other medical services that may be required • Sterilization and micro chip implants for sterilized animals • Workshops regarding animal welfare including the advantages of spaying and neutering new animals in the future • Round up and removal of unwanted or unowned dogs that will be transported to Victoria where they will be fostered and put up for adoption This socially innovative project will influence systemic change by: 1. Addressing the issue of unwanted companion animals by preventing the birth of unwanted litters. 2. Serving as a model for communities of all sizes and geographic areas. 3. Adopting a community directed approach to the issue rather than a hard policy approach that would likely be ineffective. 4. Using outreach and education components to change ongoing behaviour towards companion animals while addressing systemic issues regarding animal overpopulation. 5. Using a collaborative approach bringing together animal rescue agencies, First Nations and veterinarians.

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Integrating Trans Inclusion with Vancouver Island Service Providers

Through our own Trans Inclusion process, we have learned valuable lessons that we firmly believe would benefit other anti-violence organizations, and ultimately trans people beyond Victoria BC. We have also made connections with an amazing group of trans people who have co-developed and delivered trans inclusion workshops across Victoria to community organizations and Island health. We propose to focus trans inclusion primarily on other sexual assault centres and transition houses. We will use our curriculum, share resources and lessons learned to help other anti-violence organizations through their own trans inclusion process, and we will also employ a “hub and spoke” model of Trans Integration. In other words, VSAC will act as a “hub” of knowledge and information pertaining to becoming trans-inclusive, while other organizations will act as the “spokes”. Once other organizations have made sufficient change and put into practice their trans inclusion process, we will also show them how to be their own hub. To date, no other organization is doing trans inclusion work on this scale or using this model in the anti-violence sector. Further, Trans Inclusion with a Sexualized/Intimate Partner Violence lens is not being done elsewhere. Finally, this project will provide education developed and delivered by Trans people; create short-term employment and lifetime skills for trans people across Vancouver Island; and keep organizations accountable to trans community.

Watari Research Association

Youth Housing Collaboratory

The Youth Health & Housing Collaboratory is an initiative currently funded by Fostering Change. The Collaboratory's goal is to generate positive change and improve the experience of vulnerable/marginalized youth with complex needs who seek and access housing and related health services in Vancouver. It brings partners together to work better and differently to meet youth health, social, and housing needs. The Collaboratory has achieved several goals since its inception: 1.Establishing a Collaboratory problem solving group – to implement collectively arrived at solutions based on collectively arrived at processes 2.Engaging stakeholders to collaboratively identify and action initial improvements within the continuum of housing and related services for youth 16-24. 3. Securing commitment for sustainable collective process that will be able to support ongoing implementation of new solutions in the realm of youth access to housing. The purpose of next phase is to: Implement/test/assess impact of ‘probes’ (i.e. small, doable but significant systems and practice changes) that have been informed by the youth and service provider engagement work to date. To improve services and the experience of youth who are dealing with multiple challenges. Continue to engage youth to help identify most promising ‘probes’ and next iterations/ideas. Work together to extend/amplify/spread probes into practice and system. Continue learn,share knowledge and build a community of practice.

Watershed Watch Salmon Society

Connected Waters: Reconnecting lower Fraser Valley waterways for healthy salmon and communities

This project aims to upgrade water flow and flood risk management of local waterways to better account for social/ecological values like wild salmon, clean water, and natural beauty. It will change: Basic routines: Landowners and municipalities will use fish-friendlier flood control systems, improving habitat quality and fish abundance, while maintaining flood control and agricultural functionality. Socially, restored ecological connectivity will improve community enjoyment and recreation. Resource flows: Restoration of ecological connectivity within the lower Fraser floodplain will become a higher priority in federal, provincial, and municipal flood management studies and spending. Authority flows: Federal laws (e.g. Fisheries & Navigation Protection Acts) and provincial laws (e.g. Water Sustainability Act) meant to protect salmon, water, and community access will be better applied to these formerly high-value habitats that are now primarily governed by BC’s Diking Act. First Nations’ rights and title may also be applied. Beliefs: Citizens will increasingly view these degraded waterways as vibrant sources of community enjoyment. Improvements to our initial target waterways—along with regional, provincial, and federal policy improvements—should create a systemic “ripple effect” across the region as more citizens, stewardship groups, First Nations, and municipalities see that changing the status quo in flood management is possible on their local waterways.

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Climate Law in our Hands

What if climate impacted communities could demand accountability from the fossil fuel industry? BC is uniquely placed to force a conversation about industry responsibility for climate change and its costs. We will foster legal and community action aimed at demanding accountability from fossil fuel companies, ultimately leading to a local government class action against fossil fuel companies. By focusing on harm suffered by BC communities, we can hold Chevron, Exxon and similar companies responsible for the impact of their global share of emissions. Public demands for accountability and especially a lawsuit will both require and result in broader public education and discussion. Convincing local governments to take such action will require British Columbians to understand and support fossil fuel industry accountability. The success of litigation depends on a broad societal shift in understanding the role of the fossil fuel industry in causing climate change. We will undertake provincial coordination, support and networking between groups seeking to promote public discussion of the harm caused to their communities by the fossil fuel industry and the potential for litigation, including providing legal educational materials;* and provide submissions and assistance to local governments that might act as plaintiffs in a class action. *Any tasks involving activities considered political by the CRA will be carried out to a large extent by our sister organization, WCELA


Strategic Litigation for Equality

Our project improves access to justice by identifying systemic issues and bringing forward test case litigation. By the end of the project, we will have identified 3-6 potential test cases and 10-15 interventions. Test case (strategic) litigation are cases that have the potential to create broad systemic change. Such cases may be brought by an individual whose rights have been infringed or by an organization who is acting in the public interest. Strategic litigation is always for the benefit of society rather than only for individuals involved. Test cases are vehicles for social and legal change: for example, strategic litigation led to the legalization of same sex marriage. High profile recent examples include Carter (death with dignity) and Bedford (prostitution laws challenge). Despite the significance of this tool for systemic change, West Coast LEAF is the only Canadian organization with the capacity and mandate to develop strategic litigation to ensure women’s equality under the law. Strategic litigation spurs policy reform, creates legal change, fuels public dialogue, and challenges mainstream assumptions about effective ways to support the most marginalized in society. Similarly, intervening in an ongoing case (that is, applying to the court to make submission in cases that may impact women’s equality) can be an effective and less resource intensive way to influence public opinion and bring voices of diverse and marginalized women into the corridors of power.

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.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Upstream, Downstream: A Collaborative Approach to Cumulative Effects

A Murray River Watershed Working Group (WWG) led by First Nations as stewards of the land, with resource companies, Y2Y, provincial government and other technical, academic and community representatives invited as appropriate, will use facilitated meetings and a series of 4-5 community workshops to deepen mutual understanding of the local and broader context and shape the CEA Framework. Together they will forge a common agenda and agree on the CEA Framework scope, process and timeframes, with the workshops helping to flesh it out and draw on local and traditional ecological knowledge. This will root the Framework in the values of the communities that use the 175km-long Murray River—specifically First Nations communities – but also take into account broader community and resource needs and industrial, academic, technical and government input. Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations and MacLeod Lake Indian Band have already confirmed their WWG representation. This project will bring together people who share an interest in the great natural resources of the Peace region, but who may have quite different perspectives, to collaboratively create a CEA Framework and process, which will ultimately inform and enable a more balanced and integrated land-use approach. It will also provide an innovative model for cross-sector working on land-use planning that reflects and respects aboriginal rights and values, supporting their continued use and enjoyment of the land.

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

Exploring Collective Impact to support an Enduring Nature Connection for Children to Older Youth

By exploring innovative ways to collaborate the organizations involved in this project will result in a continuum of opportunity for young people to a) build a deep connection to the natural world; b) develop agency to take action to protect it; and c) work to connect others with nature. Currently, organizations work in silos often with a particular age group or emphasis. There are few examples of organizations easing the transition for children and youth from programs offered by one organization to another. As a result, children may participate for a period of time with an organization but may be “dropped” when they age-out of one program or organization. With a collective impact (or similar) strategy, we can foster a highly supported cohort of children to develop into Nature Champions, who are able to influence the system as adults, both as parents and through their chosen careers. Through this project we will: 1) Invite 4-6 select environmental organizations working in BC, Natural Leaders Participants, as well as youth involved with these organizations, to participate in a facilitated dialogue about how we can create a “continuum of opportunity” for young people between our organizations and programs 2) Explore different models of collaboration that could be tested including a broader collective impact framework. 3) Determine if there is a readiness to proceed with a pilot for a new approach to address ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ in B.C.

Bird Aware Cat Care (BACC): Youth Citizen Scientists Protect Birds and Keep Cats Safe in BC

How it will work: There is a strong cultural resistance to limiting cat access to outdoors. We proposed to disrupt this resistance by working at the family scale through a positive youth-led education campaign borne from the youth’s experience of learning about the impact of cats on birds by testing different alternatives to allowing cats to free-roam. We seek to change beliefs (it is normal, natural and not harmful for cats to be free-roaming) in a cohort of NatureKids BC Members families with cats and to change how they act (keeping cats in, using various predation reducing devices such as the Cat Bib or BirdBeSafe collar). The “citizen science” component will test efficacy of various alternatives and will to engage youth, acting as a tool for encouraging dialogue and education leading to changing behaviour at the family scale. Much like the early work on encouraging recycling, engaged youth can be a powerful lever for change at the family scale which may then ripple out into the community. We will conduct pre/post surveys of NatureKids member families to gauge their awareness, attitudes and perceptions about the impact cat predation on birds and other wildlife. The survey will explore respondents’ awareness of different methods of reducing bird mortality from cat kills and willingness/ barriers to employ the methods. This will provide a baseline to compare the outcomes of a repeat survey (and provide data on the success of the project) at the end of year two.