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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

UVic Technology Inclusive Employment (TIE)

The UVic Technology Inclusion Education (TIE) project will address the issue of the unemployment and under-employment (and the attendant social isolation and poverty) of disabled persons, including those who have received post-secondary education. There will be a particular emphasis on creating educational training tools and modules specific to technology that will be geared to employees and potential employers. The goal is to create more employment opportunities for disabled persons who will work in a fully inclusive and accommodating environment. The TIE program will engage disabled adults across a broad spectrum of disabilities, giving them a unique opportunity to develop their skills.

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

Tackling Deep Poverty in BC by Enhancing Deep Engagement in the Coalition

Poverty remains a critical issue in BC with 557,000 British Columbians struggling in poverty and a child poverty rate of 1 in 5. In particular, deep poverty, stigma and discrimination, and inequality are significant social and systemic failures. We have an opportunity within the current political context to make a meaningful difference but only if we can deepen our engagement with the Coalition network to ensure strong individual and collective action, including leadership by people in poverty. This process will engage our members in developing a project plan to build a mobilized movement for more effective advocacy to government for systemic change in tackling deep poverty in BC.

A living wage for all: Growing the success of the living wage movement in BC

The Living Wage for Families Campaign aims to end poverty for workers and their families. The minimum wage in BC is $13.85 per hour, and the living wage in many areas in BC is above $18 per hour. We calculate living wages for regions across British Columbia, certify employers that pay a living wage to their staff and contractors, and advocate for government policies that would reduce costs for families. Scaling up our work means increasing our ability to calculate living wages for every region of the province, reach out to employers in every sector and location of the province, and share our message with more BC residents and governments.

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.

Indigenizing Poverty Reduction

Indigenizing Poverty Reduction would enhance the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition's work in tackling poverty by bringing the critical issue of indigenous poverty to the forefront and mapping each theme through that lens: what are the specific housing, income, health, education and child care needs and solutions? and what are the legacies of colonization and present experiences of trauma that must be taken into account in shifting the foundation of the Coalition? how can we build on our human rights foundation to honour indigenous rights? Through this project, the Coalition would hire an indigenous youth in a staff leadership role to coordinate the outreach, research and development of the plan. With concrete and extensive support, this person would: engage indigenous organizations and individuals in a collaborative process to determine the vision of the strategy, and short, medium and long-term actions; research indigenizing efforts in the field of poverty reduction across Canada and more broadly; and continue the engagement of indigenous organizations and individuals in the Coalition to shift the perspective of the Coalition and inform our future work. Other staff and members, in particular, the Executive Committee, would go through education and training in meaningful reconciliation and indigenous rights and sovereignty in order to incorporate the issues in the foundation of the Coalition. The provincial government would also be engaged in the outcomes of the project.

Policy Shift: Getting Beyond Status Quo on Child Poverty in BC

All BC children and youth should have the same opportunities to grow up healthy and achieve their full potential, without the extra challenges created by experiencing poverty and marginalization. In order to scale up the knowledge transfer, engagement and impact of First Call’s advocacy to reduce the incidence and impacts of child poverty, this project will build on the credibility and reach of the annual BC Child Poverty Report Card. Our strategy for scaling up means drilling down to smaller geographic areas, identifying local system change leaders and engaged youth, and empowering their advocacy with tools and training that advance policy and inclusive practices in their communities.

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.