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Home Is Where We Live Lifecycles Project Society

Seed the City: Growing Food and Future Food Leaders on School Grounds

Youth want opportunities to engage in solutions oriented livelihoods. They look at the ways in which we grow food, and realize we ought to be able to do better. Yet few opportunities exist for young people to explore urban agriculture as a viable career pathway. With schools among the largest landowners in cities, there is a unique opportunity to create a scaleable model that produces large amounts of nutritious food while connecting thousands of youth with the skills needed to implement food systems change. We will utilize micro-farm sites on school grounds to create career pathway programs that can inspire solutions oriented entrepreneurship in the next generation of urban farmers.

McCreary Centre Society

A youth led investigation of BC adolescents’ substance use and associated protective factors

McCreary Centre Society and Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society are engaging young people in a participatory action research project to better understand how social determinants of health impact substance use among diverse BC youth and how these can be addressed. Young people will analyze data from the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey and engage those who may not be included in a mainstream school survey to identify how protective factors for substance use might look different among their peers. The project aims to engage those most likely to be impacted by problematic substance use to inform systems planning to reduce substance-related harms among diverse BC youth.

Parent Support Services Society of B.C.

Kinship Families Mobilize for Change

More than 13,000 children in BC are being raised by relatives or friends, when parents are unable. These numbers are growing. The majority of these children have experience trauma. Research is clear that kids raised by those they have a close connection to, have better outcomes than those raised in government care. Yet, most of these families still receive little or no financial support. Families spiral into poverty. Caregivers often struggle to provide the support they know the children need. This project will inform the public about the state of kinship care in BC and will support a kinship caregiver and youth driven advocacy campaign for adequate supports & benefits.

University of British Columbia

Universal for whom? Improving sexual and reproductive health access for im/migrant women living with precarity in BC.

How can we improve sexual and reproductive health for marginalized im/migrant women in British Columbia (BC)? A quarter of BC residents are immigrants or refugees (i.e., an im/migrant) and women need timely access to services like contraception and pregnancy care for their health, their families’ health, and as a basic right. Given the serious barriers faced by racialized im/migrant women living with precarity (such as insecure immigration status), this community-based collaboration aims to ensure that their knowledge guides research and identifies relevant solutions to improve access and support their right to safe and voluntary sexual and reproductive health in our universal system in BC.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Creating system wide transformational change through an Indigenous Cultural Safety Initiative within a Large Urban Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia

The ongoing impacts of colonization have resulted in systemic discrimination and major health disparities for Indigenous peoples in Canada. Stereotyping and discrimination contribute to these inequities and can result in fatalities. To mitigate this discrimination, Vancouver Coastal Health has created educational resources to unpack biases healthcare staff may have against Indigenous peoples. Workshops reveal colonial impacts on Indigenous people, increase staffs’ cultural awareness and sensitivity, and explore how staff can deliver culturally safe care. Creating a culturally safe place of health care for Indigenous people we can improve access and ultimately reduce health disparities.