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Simon Fraser University

Addressing Systemic Barriers to Employment

The purpose of the project is to contribute to the development of strong and inclusive communities by improving outcomes for people facing barriers to employment through event and conference related transitional work-experience. Transitional work experience contributes towards employment outcomes by building job skills and social capital, and enabling individuals to find employment suited to their context and situation. The Develop Grant would allow for a process of co-creation to determine how to best leverage existing community systems to develop low-barrier, event and conference related training and employment opportunities.

A participatory systems change approach to modernizing BC's response to drugs

Prohibition, Canada's current approach to drugs, is a key driver of the toxic, deadly, illegal drug market and is causing record numbers of overdose deaths in BC. These policies criminalize, stigmatize and marginalize people who use drugs and create barriers to health care, belonging, housing and other services. They fuel a drug market controlled by organized criminals and unregulated dealers. Decades of reports have recommended change. This project engages communities across BC to generate local dialogues and other strategies that explore alternative public health oriented models of regulating drugs and decriminalization and facilitate the development of strategies to achieve change.

Spirit's Mission Rescue Society

Animal Management Sustainability Project for First Nation and Underserved BC Communities

We are addressing the issue of pet overpopulation issues (strays, disease, injuries, starvation, and dangerous dog packing) in under-served First Nation and surrounding communities in British Columbia. This is meaningful work because pets are an important component to family and communities and a healthy pet population is helpful to a healthy community.

Steps Forward - Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Society

Scaling the Impact of Inclusive Post-secondary Education

The issue at the heart of our proposal is the seamless inclusion and equitable participation, at all levels and across all sectors, of adults with developmental disabilities. The first step is ensuring access to an equitable and inclusive post-secondary education. Students have demonstrated they want this, proven that it works, and seen campuses that broaden their inclusive practices. As more and more students graduate, we need to ensure that we are supporting them by being a catalyst for systemic changes reducing barriers and increasing opportunities for them after convocation. It is time to not limit this social innovation to campuses but move the knowledge and experience into community.

Stroke Recovery Association Of British Columbia

World Cafe - Community Conversations After Stroke

Stroke is a sudden event which challenges participation in life roles. Addressing this issue is challenged within our province that has geographical, cultural, and service related diversity. Our research will help these diverse communities to understand what stroke survivors and their community need, and the approaches that they think are required to meet these needs, recognising their specific circumstances . Only then can meaningful development of support and services take place. Our collaborative approach which identifies and brings together stakeholders will start the process of partnership development. We will apply for further funding to support and implement the research findings.

Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services Society

Surrounded by Cedar Youth Council


The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

Leadership through the seasons


The Cridge Centre for the Family

Battered Brains: Changing Support Systems for Women Impacted by Brain Injury from Intimate Partner Violence

What do brain injury and intimate partner violence (IPV) have in common? Women who are impacted by violence often suffer from blows to the head and strangulation, resulting in repetitive and severe brain injuries. 250,000 women are impacted by IPV in Canada each year. This hidden population is massive, unrecognized and unsupported in our social system. We want to address this systemic issue on 5 levels: 1. Support for impacted women 2. Training for professionals and service providers who support impacted women 3. Advocacy and education to raise public awareness 4. Research 5. Develop violence prevention programs and specialized supports specific to males with emotional dysregulation.

The North Shore Restorative Justice Society

Working Towards a Whole-school Restorative Justice Model for Children and Youth in NSRJS partner schools

Through our Schools Initiative, we support the development of strength-based relational practices that nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion and the health and well-being of all members of the school community. The pressing issue we aim to tackle in schools is to encourage a paradigm shift from a punitive/traditional approach for dealing with conflict to a restorative approach. As part of this goal and in collaboration with our schools' partners, we aim to work toward a whole-school restorative justice model, implementing a full spectrum of restorative practices from proactive to reactive.

The Only Animal Theatre Society

Museum of Rain

To combat the myth of abundance, Museum of Rain is an immersive play exploring our relationship with water. Each show uses 329L of water: the amount that average Canadians use daily. The story integrates true water stories, that are gathered with partners who research the emotional dimensions of water insecurity. Our goals: 1) researching how the partnership functions so that the play informs the research, and the research informs the play 2) to establish an advocacy partner to advance meaningful local actions our audience can join 3) to create an innovative theatrical language that brings delight, catharsis and embodied experience of water to connect audiences to the preciousness of water.

Tides Canada Initiatives

Water Trust BC

Clean, abundant freshwater is the backbone of British Columbia. It sustains us, our families, our food, our wildlife, and our economy. It keeps us secure. But over-extraction and pollution are growing threats amplified by worsening droughts, forest fires and impacts from climate disruption. Communities and First Nations are being shut out of important decisions affecting their home waters. This project advances solutions for: strengthening our collective resilience to drought and overuse; establishing an independent Water Trust; and advancing co-governed watershed groups that understand, establish priorities and advance action to ensure BCs waters are thriving and secure.

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

BC Worker Action Centre

Workers outside of traditionally unionized sectors are finding new ways to organize in the face of precarious work. In BC, the Workers’ Action Centre is at the forefront of change — grassroots organizing that connects low-wage workers with their communities to fight for economic and social justice. We believe the time is right to implement a Workers’ Action Centre in BC. Focusing on education and empowerment, our plan will provide precarious workers from diverse backgrounds with the tools to organize for stronger workplace standards and proactive enforcement of labour laws. By building solidarity and defending workers’ rights, we will transform the gig economy and create economic inclusion.

Touchstone Theatre Society

INHERITANCE: a choose-your-adventure experience

Almost all of BC is unceded First Nations land, but the current colonial system of land "ownership” ignores that fact, continuing to disempower Indigenous peoples. Therefore, we are developing an interactive play “Inheritance: a choose-your-adventure experience” about Indigenous and non-Indigenous characters in a land control dispute. During the play, audiences vote to determine what the characters do, ultimately deciding how the land will be stewarded. In conjunction with this play, we will engage various collaborators to research strategies and initiatives – both at the citizenry and government level – that could bring about change to this unjust land control system we have all inherited.

Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Determining Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s role in water quality monitoring and stormwater management in Burrard Inlet

Burrard Inlet’s water quality suffers from stormwater-based pollution and uncoordinated water quality monitoring. As the People of the Inlet and stewards of their territory, Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) takes a holistic approach to the management, protection and recovery of Burrard Inlet. TWN has led science and stewardship projects, and has worked to break down the silos between other jurisdictions charged with water quality management. Our Develop process will lead to a project plan for leadership on water quality monitoring coordination and improved stormwater management through: 1) clarifying TWN’s goals and role, and 2) convening influential institutions to envision a new approach.

Ucluelet Aquarium Society

Harm reduction as a pathway to wildlife health action in a complex and changing world

We are leading efforts to create a fish and wildlife health system able to find opportunities for people, organizations and government to act collectively to create circumstance that will help wild animals withstand the unprecedented social and environmental changes challenging their survival. Our current signals to action are often too late to help wildlife recovery from threats to their health. The Develop process will help us chart a course forward to inspire a new collaborative societal response that allows us to act today to protect wild animal health despite unknowns and disagreements on who should act.

Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-op

Making It Stick - Community Health Centres

We are aiming to disrupt the siloed, medicalized delivery of primary care in BC by creating a robust Community Heath Centre sector where individuals, families and communities can access clinic services that are integrated with social determinants of health services. Providing health services through a holistic approach to wellness will improve the quality of life and well-being of British Columbians and improve the efficacy of our current health system. By deepening our current response in targeted areas, we will aim to influence critical decisions on how to operationalize a CHC sector, as well as mobilize communities to become CHC advocates, both which will support a lasting system change.

UNIT/PITT Projects


ReIssue is a web-based publishing platform that supports and nurtures critical art writing in Western Canada, and empowers artists with the language to articulate their practices within society. This project will reinvigorate cross-disciplinary collaboration through workshops and peer-to-peer mentorship, while developing systems of documentation and preservation that are living, reactive, and responsive—contextualizing current art and social movements within existing archives. ReIssue will build off the collective knowledge and experiences of artists, writers and publishers, and create new partnerships to find innovative and sustainable solutions for disseminating art discourse.

United Way of Southern Interior BC

Roadmap to a Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Strategy (Phase 2)

Poverty is a key social issue in the Okanagan, with 40,000 people living below the poverty line. Despite this, we lack clear local evidence to drive change. This project will build a comprehensive snapshot of poverty in each Central Okanagan community, and identify systemic regional issues. It will broaden engagement with lived experience, and build the diverse community network required to affect change. It will provide tangible evidence of the systems holding poverty in place, and recommend priorities for action. It will provide a solid foundation for the development of a Poverty Reduction Strategy, driving innovative solutions to transform the interrelated systems surrounding poverty.

University of British Columbia

Addressing Homelessness in Kelowna: Establishing Participatory Action Research Priorities

Individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, experience higher morbidity and mortality than the general population. Previous research has shown that people who are homeless consume more health care resources than the general population in particular emergency room visits and 911 services. Once health issues become chronic, reversing the problem can be costly and time consuming. Preventing homelessness prevents poor health outcomes downstream. Our series of meetings with key stakeholders will identify research possibilities aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of innovative community-based prevention interventions among at-risk individuals.

“Harms of Help”: Re-Centering Gender- and Violence-Informed Policies and Practices

The pressing issue we are addressing is: service providers’ and systems’ responses to women with overlapping experiences of gender-based violence, mental health, and substance use concerns, and the need to re-envision a systemic response across anti-violence, mental health, and substance use services. This is meaningful and necessary for women to find safety, for services to be relevant, and for systems to change. Stakeholder participation will ensure an accurate assessment of current policies and practices, and lead to a fully formed viable project plan for developing training that re-centers gender- and violence-informed care.

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.

University of Northern British Columbia

Koh-Learning in our Watersheds: Transforming learning in Nechako region by connecting students, communities and waterways.

Rural, remote and Indigenous communities in northern BC face ongoing environmental and social changes and challenges. Within SD91–serving 3500 students across 70,000km2– this fuels an imperative to connect youth with the world they live in and foster awareness of how these interactions shape their future. The Koh-Learning in our Watersheds project transforms education by expanding on existing place-based, waterways monitoring efforts, to connect Aboriginal education, community context and integrative science, reaching 1500 secondary students, 300 educators and project partners. Koh-Learning fosters informed, locally connected change-makers, equipped to steward their shared home.

University of Victoria

Enhancers and Barriers to Community Engagement at Kitsumkalum First Nation, British Columbia

A key component of healthy Indigenous identity development is engagement with one’s culture and community. However, not all members of the Kitsumkalum nation participate in community efforts to revitalize Tsimshian language and culture. Our study examines enhancers and barriers to community participation in Tsimshian revitalization because such engagement contributes to health and well-being for individuals and the community overall. A Convene grant allows the principal researchers to collaborate with community members in traditional Tsimshian ways (through feasting and drafting protocols) in order to form a viable research project.

xaqana itkini (Many Ways of Working Together): Laying the Foundation for a Participatory Action Research Project Plan

Institutional structures, discourses and norms that sustain colonialism in health systems need to be disrupted to shift power relations and meaningfully engage Indigenous peoples, knowledge systems, and approaches to wellness. Our goal is to work with Ktunaxa Nation to co-develop a participatory action research project to align the health system’s roles and responsibilities in serving Indigenous communities with culturally-informed understandings of wellness and locally-identified priorities. A Convene Grant will support our research partnership to engage Ktunaxa Elders, Knowledge Holders and citizens to co-create mutually-beneficial research priorities.

Building capacity for promoting refugee and newcomer health: a community engagement project

Currently primary healthcare services in BC do not meet the complex health needs of refugees and newcomers. These groups experience multiple barriers to accessing equitable healthcare including inadequate language support, gender-based issues and low health literacy. The settlement sector and primary healthcare sector recognize a need to work with refugee newcomer communities to understand what promotes integrated healthcare including the social determinants of health. This Convene process will develope a community advisory board to develop and build community capacity for a research project that can answer important questions about promoting equitable healthcare for newcomer communities.