Grants

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University of Victoria

Community Empowerment of African Migrant Women Across British Columbia

Sub-Saharan African migrant women and their families in Canada are disproportionately burdened by social and health inequities. British Columbia has one of the highest numbers of female African migrant women in Canada. How can we address these inequities created by intersections of social identities, policies, processes of oppression and privilege, and institutional practices both here in Canada and from their pre- migration contexts? Through a community-based provincial townhall meeting we will bring African migrant women and other stakeholders together to deliberate and decide on research questions to inform improvements to their daily lived experiences and that of their families.
$20,000.00
2020

A Community Based Participatory Project to Understand the Health Impacts of LGBTQ2S Recreational Sports on Sexually and Gender Diverse Communities

We know that LGBTQ2S people face poorer health outcomes compared to their straight and cisgender peers. LGBTQ2S people are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and to experience feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Understanding the benefits that community athletics might have in challenging these health disparities will offer new insights for healthcare practitioners committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ2S communities. The Convene process will allow the research team to gauge and explore the themes that LGBTQ2S recreational athletes identify as central to their involvement in LGBTQ2S sports spaces and how they have impacted their health and wellbeing.
$18,860.00
2020

The ALENENEC (WSANEC Homelands) Action Plan

The ALENENEC (WSANEC Homelands) Action Plan addresses the historic and pervasive issue of the lack of the WSANEC Nations ‘ access to and stewardship of their territories and the need to build their own social and built infrastructure for land- based learning and eco-cultural restoration. The goal is to create a WSANEC-led 10 year vision and 3 year implementation plan collaboratively. Renowned for their education and language revitalization, this project is the logical next step in WSANEC resurgence to create a healthier future for their children and on their land. The Develop process will solidify the vision, engagement and action planning in a creative and celebratory way, WSANEC style.
$19,915.00
2020

Reawakening a Caring Culture in Health Care: Nurses Leading Transformation in Health Systems

In British Columbia, health care systems are under pressure, and intense demands for care place enormous pressure on staff, especially nurses, to meet the increasing needs of patients in a system that has limited resources. This causes unsatisfactory caring experiences, and to stressful work environments for nurses, leading to new nurses leaving the workforce early, and putting additional strain on the health system. This project aims to use a participatory research approach to engage nurses in transforming the health system to meet these challenges and deliver the best quality care, while making nursing more rewarding and easing the stress on the system as a whole.
$20,000.00
2020

UrbanPromise Ministries

Mental Wellness for Children in the Downtown Eastside

We seek to investigate the extent to which the healthcare system in the Vancouver Coastal Health region makes mental health resources affordable and accessible, and identify barriers to mental wellness that exist for low-income families in the Downtown Eastside. Addressing this pressing issue is meaningful because lower socioeconomic status has been associated with increased risk for mental health, mood, and substance use disorders, a problem aggravated by the isolation and economic fallout resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We will consult with Downtown Eastside families, mental health professionals, community partners, and Indigenous leaders to inform our approach.
$20,000.00
2020

Vancity Community Foundation

Exchange Inner City: A Cross-Sector Model for Systemic Change

Exchange Inner City is addressing an economic system that excludes and marginalizes many individuals in the inner city. This exclusion contributes to a complex system connecting to poverty, health and social cohesion within the community. EIC seeks to enable and drive systemic change by providing an ongoing structure and processes for cross-sector collaboration, resulting in more inclusive low barrier employment, access to affordable goods, services and spaces in this community, and to serve as a model for other communities to learn from.
$250,000.00
2020

Making Mothers Matter: Understanding the Role of Child Care on the Health and Wellbeing of Low-Income Lone-Mothers in British Columbia

This study will advance knowledge from the lived experiences of low-income lone mothers on the impact of BC's new child care policies on their health and wellbeing. One of two lone, female headed families in British Columbia is in poverty. Lack of childcare prevents low-income lone-mothers from accessing the labor market, obtaining education and training, countering social isolation, and moving out of poverty. BC has committed $1 billion to reduce the cost of child care including the testing of a universal child care model. This PAR will influence systems change by building knowledge, community, and social action around the role of child care in low-income lone-mothers’ health and wellbeing.
$300,000.00
2020

Vancouver Humane Society

Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Assisting Vulnerable People with Addressing Animal Neglect

One health, or one welfare, is the idea that a person's health and welfare is interrelated with the health and the welfare of the animals they care for. As an example, a person who has experienced trauma may have a pet in their life that provides them with emotional support and in exchange, the pet gains positive social experiences. If the pet develops an illness or injury and the vulnerable person cannot afford the care, it may trigger a series of events that leads to suffering for both the animal and the person. At the end of this process we will address this systemic issue within our organization, as well as create a plan for a cultural shift within the entire animal agency sector.
$12,000.00
2020

Vancouver International Film Festival Society

Indigenous Learning Committee

This project starts VIFF on the path of decolonizing our screens to create an authentic Indigenous Film Festival Program. Through engaging with Indigenous creators and storytellers in a meaningful and Indigenous led process, VIFF endeavours to learn of and remove the barriers to access for Indigenous film and filmmakers entrenched in the systems that make up our festival. Out of this process, we will create a public report of our experience and findings that will assist other arts organizations to also make this important change to their systems.
$20,000.00
2020

Vancouver Island University

Youth Language Warriors: Reclaiming Hul'qumi'num through Intergenerational Relationships and the Arts

Tsawalk Learning Centre, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and Vancouver Island University are seeking to convene a group of young people, Elders and community members who want to better understand how revisiting and reclaiming Indigenous language through the arts positively impacts wellness and healing. Together the young people will develop specific research questions which can be answered through an artistic public art form. The project aims to include those most likely to be impacted by the loss of Indigenous local languages in the design of a research project which can inform systems planning to improve Indigenous language learning throughout the province and beyond.
$20,000.00
2020

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society

Transforming Justice, Healing Communities: Creating Alternative Responses to Sexualized Violence

In Victoria many survivors of sexualized violence, especially those that are marginalized, are not receiving the justice they need from the criminal justice system& are experiencing re-traumatization. Transformative justice (TJ) offers community-informed alternatives for healing & accountability centering relationship building, safety, & skills to prevent & respond to sexualized violence. VSAC will develop a plan to address this growing community need with key partnerships/frameworks for community-specific transformative justice. In meaningful consultation with 12 local stakeholders, VSAC will identify current trends, gaps, & supports in implementing TJ processes in marginalized communities.
$19,140.00
2020

Vines Art Festival Society

Vines Art Festival - Community Care in Resistance: Decolonizing Festival & Touring Models

The pressing issue being addressed by Vines Art Festival is disconnection & displacement from land & culture due to Canada’s colonial art system that favours transactional art relationships & spectacle over art as a way of life; created in connection to community, land & wellness. Art & creativity have the power to unearth new ways of being with one another that are otherwise not possible through other platforms. Within these ways of being exists the potential to heal-- to build a culture of transformation where we can grow & build resiliency. Vines will be creating a Full-Spectrum Artist Support Model from the active research we conduct over 3 years to be shared with the arts community.
$260,000.00
2020

Whistler Centre for Sustainability Institute Society

Developing a Good Food Program in the Sea-to-Sky

We are trying to address the issue of climate change through a regional, values based food-systems lense. In 2019 we developed the following Good Food Values: Local Economies and Communities Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship of Natural Resources Nutrition Valued Workforce Animal Welfare By integrating these values into a regional food distribution program that connects Sea-to-Sky grown food to eaters, we can shorten our food supply chain, minimize our climate impact, and support healthier local economies and people. We will learn by asking tough questions, listening to what local farmers need from a distribution system, and using other communities' successes to guide our work.
$20,000.00
2020

Women Against Violence Against Women WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

Changing Systems Through Transformative Justice Project

A community leader and expert on sexualized violence, WAVAW has witnessed the critical need for a change to the systems, policies and resources that survivors encounter following sexualized violence. We have heard for more than 38 years that regardless of rulings, engaging with the criminal justice system often does not result in feelings of healing or justice. Through our Changing Systems Through Transformative Justice project, we will pilot a Transformative Justice model. We will assess its efficacy in offering justice to survivors, with the goal of integrating Transformative Justice within the Restorative Justice system; resulting in effective and essential systems change.
$300,000.00
2020

World Inter-Faith Education Association

DISCUSSING RACISM: LEADING CHANGE FROM MULTI-FAITH SPACES

To lead anti-racist attitudinal change, we will engage religious and non-religious leaders in Victoria as they are pivotal insiders in their communities and positioned to lead cultural change, yet without anti-racist tools at their disposal. In dialogue with them, the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy and the Victoria Multifaith Society will explore intersectionality and community-specific racism in belief groups and co-create a resource for their anti-racist work. If agreed, we will co-create a Canadian-version of a well received US anti-racism program. With leaders, adults, young adults, and youth, we will see if the Canadian-version (or an alternative) is viable and how best to use it.
$20,000.00
2020

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Foundation

Holding Ethical Space in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains

Canada has committed to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; BC is the first province to introduce legislation for its implementation. Yet, lack of understanding by non-Indigenous parties of Indigenous societal and legal frameworks will prevent reconciliation from advancing, including in the context of land-use planning. Y2Y will prototype the use of Ethical Space dialogues–developed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners–to support mutual understanding of cultural constructs and assumptions in the Kootenay-Columbia region. This will provide the leadership, social capital and recommendations to identify next steps towards effective land-use planning.
$20,000.00
2020

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

Nature for All - Understanding Barriers Limiting Family/Children Access to Nature in BC

The health, wellness, academic and mindful benefits of nature are a right for all children. NatureKids BC is inquiring more deeply into understanding the barriers that exist for children and families in equitably accessing nature, and committing to share and act upon the lessons learned in a way that updates its organizational model and its partnerships to the broader community.
$20,000.00
2020

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