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Vancouver Association for Photographic Arts

Flash Forward Incubator Program

Presenting a new model for arts education and support, the Flash Forward Incubator Program provides a solution to secondary school art programming problems: a lack or shortage of funding for arts education and no access to working artists as mentors. As an extension of high school arts programming and working with the goals of school curriculums, Incubator is distinct in that it bridges work completed within high school settings with the professional world, facilitating meaningful contemporary art experiences and mentorships for students, and establishing an essential and supportive creative community for emerging artists within the high school setting and beyond.

Vancouver Community College Foundation

Deaf Deaf World - An Immersive Theatre

Deaf Deaf World gives “voice” to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. It is an innovative public education and culture experience project aimed to destigmatize Deaf culture as well as promote cross-cultural conversations (Hearing vs Deaf) to construct better access to and integration of facilities/services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The project acts as immersive theatre that physically invites our "audience" into a fictional world of silence. With the audience, professional artists and volunteers re-enact select systemic barriers to the Deaf through the use of American Sign Language.

Job Readiness Program

Pervading education and employment challenges faced by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians have been exasperated by government funding cuts and fragmentation towards DHH services over the last decade. By expanding the Job Readiness Program for DHH students at Vancouver Community College (the only of its kind in Canada offered at a post secondary), DHH students will have the opportunity to enrol into Red Seal trade certificate programs. The skilled training would open up new careers streams with higher earning and career development potential. Success in the program will address systemic under-education, under-employment and unemployment of thousands of Canadians with hearing loss.

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Diversity and Inclusion Project

The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Vision is Theatre for Everyone. Despite using a non-curated show selection process for our annual Festival, artists do not fully reflect the diversity of our community. The Diversity Project seeks to change this with structured outreach and mentorship for artists from diverse backgrounds. The Fringe is a training ground and often the first place emerging performing artists produce work. Mentorship and remounts are offered through our awards program. When diverse artists access the benefits of the Fringe, they can professionalize their work and increase their exposure to audiences—and the Fringe steps closer to its Vision of Theatre for Everyone.

Vancouver Island University

Expanding and sustaining Inside-Out, VIU’s prison exchange program

Inside-Out is a prison-based program that brings together incarcerated and traditional university students who study together as peers with the recognition that each has innate worth and a story to tell. The experience is impactful and profound, and an opportunity both for self-discovery and improved mutual understanding. The program helps inside students to re-integrate with the community and encourages aspirations for further education, while putting a human face on justice issues for outside students, making them more compassionate, informed and effective professionals in their chosen fields. Both groups are empowered to become agents of positive change for themselves and the community.

Vancouver Moving Theatre Society

Weaving Reconciliation

The TR Commission calls for Canadians to grapple with Canada’s history of colonization in a process guided by principles of respect, reciprocity, mutual recognition, shared responsibility. WR speaks to Native communities vitally interested in seeing their experiences on stage; settler/immigrants vitally interested in learning about Aboriginal presence, history, concerns; and Canadians seeking to participate in reconciliation process. People will witness: • Original, innovative local art informed by Indigenous cultural practices and impact of 500 years of colonization; • Re-balancing of power relations between Indigenous/non-indigenous artists; • Native-led cultural resurgence in Canada

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Youth Engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music

The VCM’s “Youth engagement in remote BC communities through fiddle music” will provide cultural and artistic offerings, especially for families living in communities affected by wildfires and floods. Providing fun and creative community-based folk music through Old-Time Dance Bands give youth focus and purpose, improving their well-being and self-confidence. It also provides them with a community of like-minded peers to connect with and share their experiences, both good and bad, through learning and performing traditional Canadian folk music. Connecting people in a positive way within these communities is essential given the challenges they face in the aftermath of disasters.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre

Newcomer Youth Ambassador Program

The Newcomer Youth Ambassador Project consists of three components providing the selected youth the chance to gain experience and develop their leadership skills within their peer groups, in the formal workplace, as well as in the broader community. The Youth Ambassador would be a paid position responsible to form and lead a youth advisory committee with other immigrant and refugee youth participants, who together would inform and advise VIRCS Staff on the challenges they are facing, their needs, desires, and how youth programming can better address these. The Youth Ambassador would then take a leadership role in the official development and facilitation of these programs and services, with assistance from Enable Program staff. The second component is a mentorship program with a member of the VIRCS board of directors. This opportunity would allow the youth to sit on the board for an in depth learning experience about non-profit governance, while also being supported by a board member in advocating for matters as they pertain to newcomer youth. The third component is community outreach and networking, where the Youth Ambassador would sit on the City of Victoria's Youth Council to advocate for social justice issues that pertain to immigrant/refugee youth specifically. They would also network with other youth groups and youth councils to stay informed about best practices and to learn from and support one another; including offering workshops and collaborating on events.

Victoria International Development Education Association

Leaders Now

In the next 4-years, 210 Indigenous youth will pass through VIDEA's Indigenous Internship, Shared Wisdom, and youth-led reconciliation projects. This represents an unprecedented opportunity to build Indigenous Board leadership. Leaders Now develops on VIDEA's work in each of these projects, engaging Indigenous participants to: 1. Create a leadership development project that meaningfully responds to their own needs as emerging Indigenous leaders; 2. Explore the challenges that Indigenous youth face from their perspective in accessing, and thriving in Board roles; 3. Create, implement, evaluate, and refine with Indigenous youth, innovative tools that help them to better understand the role they can play in Board governance and decolonisation and that build their own Board knowledge, governance and leadership skills. 4. Create resources for VIDEA (and others) to use with Indigenous youth on an ongoing basis; 5. As appropriate, support participating youth to identify and take up Board roles and explore the role they can play in mentoring and encouraging peers into Board roles. Leaders Now will also explore the impact that funding relationships and mechanisms have on an organisations ability to decolonise organisational governance practices identifying opportunities for change; promote to other organisations the advantages of integrating Indigenous youth into their Boards; widely distribute new knowledge and tools to other organisations, youth, and funders.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Victoria Native Friendship Centre's Siem Lelum - a systems and policy change model

The pressing issue of affordable housing for off-reserve Indigenous people and those moving off reserve living in an urban setting, is being addressed by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre in its owned/operated 41-unit social housing village Siem Lelum or "Respected House" (Salish). Siem Lelum addresses housing in a more holistic and Indigenous view of community, that includes a community room and kitchen, with culturally-based programs designed by and for residents. From a social innovation lens, this model of culturally-supportive, affordable housing could impact government policies for urban Indigenous people and be used as a successful model for inclusive, stable housing in BC.

Watari Research Association

Board Decolonization and Capacity Building Project

We are committed to building an accessible, civil, supportive environment by including people across a range of religions, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, abilities, ages and socioeconomic classes. Our current Action Plan combines a systemic approach to decolonization with a recognition of the significance that Indigenous and racialized immigrants/migrants provide, and engages staff and Board in implementing a work plan examining how we support the community in general, and how to locate structural/service gaps within our organization. While we realise that decolonization is lengthy and complex, we begin this process by addressing a primary critique arising from our Action Plan: our Board of Directors does not represent the communities we support. The Board recognizes this gap between intention and reality, and is willing to initiate a process on how to include meaningful participation by members of these communities. We plan to involve two facilitators in the process: one Indigenous and one migrant organizer. Their guidance and assistance will be the main driver in shaping of the conversation with the Board, staff and communities. In order to implement this process, we will ask Indigenous/First Nations and Migrant organizations, groups, and communities with whom we are already connected to share practical/creative approaches to rebuilding our process. Members these groups have expressed their willingness to accompany us on this path.

Whistler Centre for Sustainability Institute Society

Squamish Lillooet Regional Food Sustainability Project

Increasing health concerns, development pressures on farmland, climate impacts, existing pricing and procurement mechanisms, insufficient retail and distribution channels for local food, and lack of action on food waste and packaging are some of the pressing challenges facing our regional food system. This project aims to convene and support a Squamish-Lillooet Regional Food System Task Force to identify and implement region-wide food initiatives that will help our food system, from production and land use to consumption to waste and recovery, become more sustainable and move towards a vision of healthy people, a healthy planet and regional prosperity.

Wild Ocean Whale Society

Project Disentangle

Whales face a gauntlet of potential threats including those from entanglement of an undocumented number of prawn and crab fishing trap gear. To instigate policy and procedural changes, Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs) is addressing the basic systemic issue by documenting and mapping the hazards to these animals, as well as boaters, for the enactment of policy change. Wild Ocean Whale Society (WOWs) efforts towards open educational access to research data and awareness will, with our documented data obtained through this project, continue to educate those fishing in our waters as well as the general public which will lead to policy and procedures changes to benefit the community at large.