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University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Mining Law Reform in British Columbia

While mining has been a key industry in BC, outdated regulations that are now below Canadian standards means that mining poses grave environmental and public health risks. Mine-affected communities and First Nations bear a disproportionate burden of this risk. This project aims to fix the root of mining challenges in BC by reforming old mining laws. In addition to raising public awareness about mining’s impact and the urgent need for law reform, it will deliver workshops to enhance public participation and highlight the need to take Indigenous rights into account. New mining regulation in BC will protect people and the environment, and decrease public liability for mining operations.

Human Rights within Indigenous Law: A collaborative toolkit for educators

We want to support Indigenous laws’ capacity to be applied, critically evaluated, openly debated, and adapted or changed as needed. Our vision is for Indigenous laws to be living and in use on the ground - to be researched, taught and theorized about just as other great legal traditions of the world are. Revitalizing Indigenous laws and building tools for engagement, such as this Indigenous Human Rights Toolkit, is essential for re-building healthy Indigenous citizenries and creating more respectful and symmetrical relationships across legal traditions in Canada. These are necessary steps to build and maintain robust reconciliation within and between peoples, now and for future generations.

University of Victoria - Office of Research Services

Future Anything: Supportive campuses for former youth in care

UVic has committed tuition support for four years and is committed to creating a welcoming environment that supports FYIC in their transition, connects them to supports, and facilitates success. Lilia Zaharieva, with support of Deb Rutman and Jim Anglin, prepared a report reviewing current literature, gathering perspectives from UVic FYIC, and making recommendations (From a Ward to Award, and Beyond). In keeping with the aims of Fostering Change, we propose to engage in “a strong dialogue, learning, action and capacity building process” with staff, faculty and FYIC at UVic, and to connect with and learn from other BC post-secondary institutions. Using participatory and evidence-based action-research strategies, project activities will engage FYIC as leaders/facilitators of change within UVic and across BC PSE. This grant will support the development, evaluation and refinement of a workshop that will be piloted at a UVic Staff Pro-D event in June. At a recent meeting of BC university VPs Student Affairs, there was “strong interest” and “no other university is doing such work” (Jim Dunsdon, UVic AVPSA, April 24). UBC and SFU are eager to offer this workshop, when available, on their campuses. In discussions on April 12, RCY representatives indicated interest in being involved in this initiative. Fostering Change support would enable this developmental and dissemination work and add credibility to a province-wide learning process for FYIC and those in PSE Student Services.

University of Victoria School of Social Work

Engaged research on implementations in response to overdose

This current proposal builds on a Vancouver Foundation Develop Grant (UNR15-0134) held by Wallace (with Pauly) in which we were immersed in community when drug overdose become a public health crisis and our results informing responses. Also, a NSERC Engage grant supported a unique partnership and the creation of a spectrometer drug testing instrument by the Co-investigator (Hore) with Vincent at STS Pharmacy. The advancement is novel due to the cost-effectiveness of the invention which allows for unprecedented scale-up and integration. Most recently, Wallace, Hore and Vincent were successful in an application to the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy’s Innovation program to implement this technology, pilot drug checking and build capacity in Victoria BC. Our proposal pairs the piloting of this innovation in drug checking with community-based research through the partnership with AIDS Vancouver Island and its Street College program. Specifically, we will engage people who use drugs (PWUD) in research that can inform how drug checking can effectively be implemented and integrated in harm reduction. There is a lack of knowledge on many aspects of implementation such as; who may use or not use such services, what barriers exist to using the services, how individuals will respond to test results, how drug checking could impact the toxic illicit drug market, what opportunities drug checking may hold for reducing stigma, increasing access to supports, and develop relationships.

Upintheair Theatre

Inside The Seed

We are applying for funding to assist with production of Inside the Seed by Jason Patrick Rothery. The play is a modern adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex set in a giant bio-technology corporation producing genetically modified seeds in an effort to end world hunger. The show will be presented as part of The Vancouver East Cultural Centre's 2013/14 Season (October 3-13th 2013) in the Van City Culture Lab. Foster Bryant is a great scientist. Was a scientist...until he made a startling discovery by genetically modifying a new kind of rice. Through this discovery, Foster is destined to save a world facing the inevitable catastrophic consequences of extreme overpopulation. Or is he? With three recalcitrant African nations unwilling to allow his rice across their borders, with a powerful Senate aide insisting that Foster honour toxic Army contracts that he inherited in a hostile takeover, and with evidence starting to arise implicating the grain in a serious genetic birth defect, potential disaster looms on the most intimate possible front – his unborn child. What lies inside the seed?

Urban Ink Production Society

Reclaiming Space for Indigenous Arts

The social innovation of this project is to produce large-scale, mainstream, socially conscious and community engaged productions for 3 test years. During these seasons, there will be large scale work, led by Indigenous artists. This is an essential part of the social innovation of this project, as not only will Indigenous artists be being given ongoing work but also our community and audience will broaden through a more ongoing programming. The projects over the three years will focus a spotlight on the voices of Indigenous women through the following works: "Moonlodge" by Margo Kane - Agnes(Cree) has somehow finished high school, and now she’s hitch-hiking to California – or maybe New Mexico. Wherever the music is. Wherever the Powwow is. Wherever her family is. Only the venerable Margo Kane has ever performed this seminal solo work, full of life and wit, a classic of Indigenous Canadian theatre. "Unnatural and Accidental Women" by Marie Clements - The Unnatural and Accidental Women is a surrealist dramatization of a thirty-year murder case involving many mysterious deaths in the “Skid Row” area of Vancouver. "Sedna" by Reneltta Arluk & Corey Payette -Sedna is the Inuit goddess and a powerful force in Nunavut and around the Arctic circle. In tracing her story through Nunavut, Greenland, Norway, and Russia we awaken audiences outside of the North to be respectful of our oceans. It is an empowering Indigenous story about our women and their strength in our society.

Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of

The final development (July 2013) and Vancouver production premiere (May 2014). Sal Capone is an explosive cross-disciplinary play that fuses elements of hip hop culture, theatre and live interactive video inspiring audiences to recognize, debate and challenge their preconceptions about truth and justice. In 2008 Honduran-Canadian youth Freddy Alberto Villaneueva was shot by a Montreal police officer, sparking widespread outrage, and polarising people from all cultures and classes. Sal Capone is the long awaited response to a culture of violence that appears to be growing in our cities. The play weaves the disparate viewpoints of five characters whose lives are irrevocably changed after their much-admired friend was shot. Using humour, hard-hitting language and rhythmic wordsmithing, writer Omari Newton weaves a realistic world that portrays both the tragic and redemptive aspects of hip hop - a youth culture that has so often been associated with violence and crime. His play is located in any Canadian city, in a way that speaks to current misconceptions about police and youth.

UVIC - Centre for Addictions Research

Preventing and Reducing Harms of Substance Use in Homeless Shelter Programs

Our idea will engage both people who experience homelessness and problematic substance and staff who provide shelter services to look at harm reduction strategies to respond to substance use in emergency shelter programs in a new way. Currently, these settings struggle with contradictory practices, policies and beliefs. Emergency shelters provide low-threshold shelter to those who are currently engaged in substance use as well as barring substance use by residents to support those who seek to avoid substance use while also being a site for some harm reduction services but not others. The issues are complex and the shelter population is diverse and both shelter staff and residents have identified the need to do things differently.

The Role of Transitional Housing in Health and Recovery from Homelessness

Although transitional housing has been shown to be effective in helping people move from homelessness to housed, little is known about staff and residents’ perspectives on the role of transitional housing programs or how experiences may vary with gender and history of substance abuse. This project will gather data on the factors in transitional housing that foster or inhibit transitions out of homelessness for men and women and those with or without problematic substance abuse. It will also provide evidence on how, or if, transitional housing can or should be supported as an intervention in response to homelessness in Canada.

UVIC - Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education in Indigenous Language Revitalization, Tahltan Language

This funding application is for the development and delivery of the Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization, leading to a Bachelor of Education specifically adapted for the Tahltan language, and the goals of the Tahltan Central Council. The project will take place over three years in the traditional territories of the Tahltan people, centralized in Dease Lake. The three communities, central to this program proposal are Iskut, Telegraph Creek, and Dease Lake. The first year of the project will serve as a development year, with community consultations, community-university partnerships development, students and instructor recruitment. The second and third years will deliver the UVIC, Diploma in Indigenous Language Revitalization, in Dease lake. The overall project scope includes graduating teachers with a full Bachelor of Education, who are proficient enough in the Tahltan language to teach in immersion settings. This program will address the Tahltan Central Council priorities by supporting overarching language revitalization objectives.

UVIC - Office of Research Services

Diploma in Indigenous Community Development and Governance

The overall purpose of the diploma program as a social innovation project is to strengthen capacity of Indigenous communities with respect to governance and community development. Over the next six years, 60-80 graduates will contribute to Indigenous communities and influence significant systemic change. The program will help to develop related social innovation initiatives including the new Indigenous evaluation frameworks, performance measures and high impact in-community project reports that promote successful cases or offer solutions to community needs assessments. These initiatives will take place through coursework and capstone projects that demand real-world problem solving with in-community clients. We expect to strengthen the governance and self-determination aspirations and capacity of Indigenous peoples across BC in traditional areas and urban settings. The program will have wide-spread effect because it features accessible distance delivery with appropriate face-to-face connections and is steeped in community perspectives. Graduates’ ability to manage, negotiate and advocate on behalf of their communities will influence systemic change. We expect within 1 year of graduation, graduates will strengthen their communities directly and indirectly with about: - 40% taking on advanced positions in community through a leadership role. - 40% taking on advanced positions through a leadership role in organizations impacting on Indigenous communities.

UVIC - POLIS Project on Ecological Governance

Achieving Water Sustainability: BC Water Law and Policy Reform

This project seeks to enable a comprehensive approach to water law and watershed governance in BC. Public policy and law reform on water resources and management is on the verge of a major leap forward. There is an opportunity to affect laws, policy and governance resulting in lasting impacts on the ground through organizing a range of actors and communicating leading practices from around the world.

UVIC - School of Public Health & Social Policy

Reflecting Back, Looking Forward: Storytelling to Address HIV/AIDS Across British Columbia

HIV/AIDS persists despite advancements in HIV treatment and prevention due to persistent social inequities and stigma. In the early response to HIV/AIDS, affected communities banded together in fierce activism. Now, the earliest generation of HIV/AIDS survivors and their allies are passing away due to older age and suicide. We are loosing their stories and memories, which embody community resilience. Our novel community-based participatory oral history research project will document the experiences of these early HIV/AIDS survivors in a digital archive in order to preserve and share their cultural memories inter-generationally, re-invigorate prevention, and help eradicate HIV/AIDS in BC.

UVIC Faculty of Social Sciences

Improving Food Security, Food Safety, and Health in Remote BC Communities (Dr. Aleck Ostry)

We will evaluate a new system of infrastructure support, licensing and training for slaughter providers which have been especially adapted for rural and remote communities. This system, enacted in 2010 by the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, is expected to improve both food safety and food security in these communities. This program of infrastructure support and upgrading of food production and processing skills is unique and requires evaluation to determine whether or not it works and, because it is a potential model for improving food security in rural and remote communities for other types of food and in jurisdictions in other parts of BC and Canada and other countries.

UVIC Office of Community-Based Research

Mitigating potential mining-induced health impacts in ?Esdilagh First Nation Co-Researchers: Dr. Aleck Ostry, Professor and Canada research Chair, UVIC and Dr. Janis Shandro, Technical Advisor of Mining and Health, Esdilagh First Nation

The ?Esdilagh First Nation has over 40 years experience with the Gibraltar Mine, a mine that was permitted prior to environmental assessment requirements. This mine in North Central British Columbia began operation in 1972 and has since obtained approval to double its production capacity, again with no environmental assessment required. ?Esdilagh are very concerned about the practices of the Gibraltar mine; surface water contamination (heavy metals) has been recently identified in waterways near the mine site and ?Esdliagh people are very concerned about the health of local wildlife, and are unsure if these traditional food sources are safe to eat because of heavy metal contamination. It is an overall objective of this project to build health knowledge and research capacity within these communities in the areas of wildlife health, community health and mining. in partnership with ?Esdilagh First Nation to: 1. Develop a framework and basic data to conduct a health impact assessment on the community in relation to the Gibraltar mine with a focus on wildlife as a traditional food source and culturally appropriate determinants of health; 2. Determine potential impacts, if any, to community and wildlife health that may have arisen in relation to effluent from the Gibraltar Mine; and 3. Develop a plan to prevent future and mitigate present impacts on community and wildlife health that may be related to the mine Research Team: Dr. Doron Lis, Graduate Student

Valley Community Services

Building for a Stronger Community

The project for which we are requesting support is to renovate a building which we have purchased. This project will create a “Family Resource Centre” for the Creston community. It will allow us to amalgamate rented office space which will reduce annual operating costs and increase overall organizational sustainability. It will also provide us with improved space in which to deliver programming and increase accessibility to our co-located programmes and services.

Back to the Basics for Young and Old

We are proposing to have seniors and young families work together to grow and harvest food, prepare meals and host communal food events. Seniors will share gardening and cooking skills, and parenting stories. Younger persons will provide the energy and labour to get the jobs done. Participants will see improved nutrition, social activity will reduce isolation, communication and parenting skills will improve and connections with supportive community partners and services will grow.

Vancity Community Foundation

Creating Inclusive Schools for Low income Students and Families

Through the engagement of low income parents and students alongside teachers, this project will develop and deliver learning activities for school teachers, principals, trustees and parents designed to deepen their understanding of the systemic causes of family poverty and the way income inequality is experienced by poor students and parents in schools. Working with one diverse urban school district over 3 years, we will develop, test and deliver workshops for these different audiences with the aim of eliminating discriminatory practices and policies affecting low income students’ full inclusion and empowering low income parents and students to be part of the advocacy for these changes.

Exploring Sustainable Youth Transitions Policy Advocacy in BC

In this project First Call (FC) will explore how we can continue to activate the FosteringChange advocacy platform thru our coalition’s collective resources & ongoing advocacy. A 1st step will be convening our youth-serving members & others engaged in supporting YIC transitions for a series of sharing & brainstorming discussions about their roles in research, youth engagement & youth leadership related specifically to raising public awareness & engaging in systemic advocacy. We will be looking for their ideas & interest in how FC can collaborate & provide a platform for more opportunities for youth to engage directly w/ decision-makers in proposing policy changes & increased public investments to improve outcomes for YI/FC, as well as monitoring the response from gov’t & other institutions. Many of the issues affecting YIC transitions (e.g. inadequate welfare rates, housing barriers, low wage jobs w/ no benefits, barriers to completing school, barriers to post-secondary, problems with access to needed health care, etc) also affect youth who are not from care & connect with the work of many different FC coalition members (unions, health org’s, educators, family support agencies, immigrant services, indigenous org’s, etc). Our exploratory discussions will extend to these other partners to identify ways for youth to engage in proposing solutions within & thru their org’s. These conversations will inform and shape a FosteringChange legacy dev'ment grant appl’n by FC later in 2017

Home Front: Making homelessness in Metro Vancouver rare, brief and one-time

Homelessness is a regional issue. Decisions made by one Metro Vancouver municipality can have an impact on its neighbours. A collaborative systemic approach to ending homelessness that engages government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, community groups and citizens will make the best use of limited resources in order to make homelessness in Metro Vancouver rare, brief and one-time, and enable specific targeted strategies for vulnerable populations. Leveraging the skills and resources of many players to successfully achieve impact, Home Front will enhance the effectiveness of policies and strategies used in each municipality and engage the entire community in common cause.

Code Red: Tackling B.C.'s Affordability Crisis

Squeezed by high costs for housing and child care, precarious work, and mounting debts, many younger British Columbians feel trapped and unable to reach their potential. Far too many believe that the problem must be them… That they are failures. Gen Squeeze’s work begins with a powerful socioeconomic analysis that shows young people they are not alone, and that the problem is a multi-faceted and generational “squeeze." Combining evidence-based policies, broad-based collaborations, and grassroots organizing, our Code Red project is focused on reining in sky-high housing costs in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and elsewhere, which are hitting young British Columbians particularly hard.

$10aDay Child Care Implementation Project

Child care in BC is at a historic turning point. With public support and political will for systemic change now in place, we can move from child care chaos – high fees, long wait lists, under-valued early childhood educators - to child care system. We have a profound opportunity to turn community priorities into government policies and funding that will provide significant social and economic benefits across BC. CCCABC is the provincial leader on child care advocacy, bringing the $10aDay Plan to the forefront of the 2017 election. It is now in a powerful and unique position to engage families, communities and partners to guide effective implementation of a child care system for BC.

CEDSAC: A Poverty Reduction Project Creating Systemic Change

CEDSAC is committed to fostering a vibrant and inclusive local economy where all residents can prosper and live healthy and rewarding lives. In order to create the type of communities we seek, CEDSAC recognizes that all stakeholders need to collaborate to affect change. Policy makers, the business community, the social enterprise and non profit sector and residents need to collectively address community economic development issues in order to change the way neighbourhoods work. By facilitating this collaboration, CEDSAC harnesses the activities and investments of it's members to redefine the existing CED processes and meaningfully include community in policy development and implementation.

Community Impact Coop (CIC)

The CIC is a co-sharing training hub for unfunded advocacy groups of people in poverty lacking access to available resources due to poverty barriers and our charitable system. The CIC creates one entity that meets the needs of many excluded groups, redirecting the flow of established resources and building bridges across communities. The CIC Ethics of Engagement Project identifies barriers to inclusion of those with the lived experience of poverty in public-policy planning, partnering with government developing poverty reduction plans to create best practises and measurable outcomes that move people from ‘screaming’ to be heard on the outside of decision-making tables to leading the process.

Making ends meet: realities of low wage work and working poverty and healthy communities in BC

How does low wage poverty affect health and wellbeing in Metro Vancouver and how will policy changes impact this. There are significant policy changes impending at multiple levels including provincial and federal poverty reduction plans potential changes to how health care is funded and delivered, changes to how child care is delivered at a provincial level as well as significant increases to the minimum wage. This research will help us evaluate the impacts of these policy changes on the health and wellness of individuals, families and communities.