Grants

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University of Victoria

B.C. Water Leaders: consolidating a strategic core and expanding the network to advance freshwater sustainability

95% of British Columbians agree that fresh water is our most precious natural resource. Yet, freshwater issues are escalating, and the status quo approach is insufficient for today’s challenges. This project will amplify an existing network of B.C. water leaders that can help advance the legal, institutional, and social changes needed to improve freshwater sustainability. From applying expert and community-based solutions, interventions on water law/policy, supporting Indigenous capacity building, and mobilizing communities around their home waters, an expanded and strategic B.C. water leaders network will generate bottom-up and top-town action for lasting water sustainability.
$225,000.00
2018

“Our Trans Health Initiative”: A Community-Based Participatory Study of Transgender Population Health in British Columbia

What is the state of health for trans people across BC and is it improving? Elsewhere we know trans people have poorer mental health, worse health access, and experience greater discrimination. This is a public health and social justice issue. Our Gender Diverse Council of BC will oversee this community-based participatory research project, which has three ongoing phases: capacity building, community consultation, and data collection. Our team has extensive experience to ensure this research informs policy and programs to reduce health disparities for trans people. Half of our team are trans people and we are committed to supporting the next generation of trans researchers and leaders.
$300,000.00
2018

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Critical Reflections on Tent Cities

People living in poverty and homeless have less access to and quality of health and social care. Yet, tent city residents and their supporters claim that tent cities improve health and well-being through secure shelter, community participation and belonging, and better access to health and social services. This convene grant will bring together people living (and formerly living) in tent cities along with those providing political, health, and social support in tent cities to identify research priorities and next steps in the fight for access to dignified and affordable housing, health and social care.
$19,661.00
2018

Improving Access to Palliative Approaches to Care for Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

Homeless people die at half the age of the general population. They often die alone, in shelters, or on the streets without good care. Our research team has learned from homeless people, their families, service providers, and key stakeholders about what our community needs to improve death and dying for people without homes, money, and support. We have committed clinical resources (doctor, social work, and nursing) to improve care for these populations. Now, we want to know how best to move this project forward. To do this, we will bring together a group of people who are living and working in palliative care and homelessness to change the way that care for dying happens in this population.
$299,373.40
2018

The Ocean Soundscape

June 16, 2014, the Vancouver Aquarium and ONC co-hosted a workshop for BC hydrophone experts/owners to discuss how best to coordinate, manage, interpret, and monitor the soundscape of our ocean. This coalition devised a cohesive vision to create a combined digital coastal network that would foster a safe and sustainable marine environment through the creation of four working groups (Research, Technical Development, Data & Products, and Policy). It is imperative to understand the impact on marine life of the volume and frequency of human-made sound in the sea, which is rapidly increasing. This coalition is comprised of scientists, industry and coastal communities working together to quantify how the ocean soundscape is changing and developing solutions to influence policies. ONC seeks funding for a 1-year Ocean Soundscape Coordinator to facilitate the four working groups and deliver their results based on sound scientific principles and document them in a report. The report will form the basis of a larger combined funding proposal targeting other entities to deliver their results.
$25,000.00
2014

Development Phase - Community Food Literacy Participatory Action Research Project (Co-lead Researchers: Dr. Trevor Hancock, Professor, UVIC and Ms. Linda Geggie, Coordinator, Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable).

The Development Grant will help us to bring together academic and community partners to develop the Community Food Literacy PAR Project proposal. Community practitioners have identified the need to build community food literacy. We define food literacy to be the ability to access, understand and evaluate information related to food (e.g., how to select and prepare food), including knowledge of where food comes from, its environmental impact and the connection to food through culture and society. The project will advance our understanding of how to coordinate and strengthen community food literacy programs that empower participants to increase control over, and improve their health. A multi-sector advisory group will support the project team to engage community agencies to contribute to and refine, our working definition of food literacy. We will share the information gathered through the Community Food Feasibility Study (appendix 2) in regards to current practices, gaps and opportunities to build food literacy. We will ask the community to reflect on the findings, refine and prioritize research questions, and identify the best methods to gather, share, and take action on what we learn together. In addition at the BC Food Systems Network Gathering we will determine the best methods for knowledge translation so that we can effectively share our findings. Finally we will develop a research proposal and formalize partnerships to move the project forward. Research Team members: Ms. Wanda Martin, Co-Researcher, Mr. Aaren Topley, Research Team member, and Ms. Joan Wharf Higgins, Research Student support.
$10,000.00
2013

University of Victoria - Faculty of Human and Social Development

Child & Youth Care in Action IV

The Child & Youth Care in Action conference takes place every two years at the University of Victoria. It is led by the School of Child and Youth Care within the faculty of Human & Social Development, however, partners with a number of disciplines including Education, Social Work, Women’s Studies and Indigenous Governance. The purpose of the conference is to bring together research, practice, theory, and policy as they relate to children, youth, families, and communities. The conference also has a strong focus and commitment to bringing those most affected by these issues, the actual children, youth and families themselves, to the conference as expert panelists, speaking to their own lived experience in order to help practitioners, researchers and policy-makers ‘connect the dots’ between theory/research and implications for communities. It is extremely expensive and costly for members of these remote communities to travel into larger cities like Vancouver and Victoria. The University of Victoria has waived all the registration fees for youth delegates and have secured funding from corporate sponsors to pay for staff accompanying these youth as well as lodging for the 3 days for mentors and youth. The funding from Vancouver Foundation will assist in supporting a small portion of each of the 10 youth’s travel. The Child & Youth Care in Action conference sets aside 50 of the 200 participant spots for youth from around British Columbia to participate as delegates but also in leading some of the concurrent workshops. Funding from Vancouver Foundation’s CYF committee will support 10 Aboriginal youth from extremely remote first nations communities (Carrier Sekani, Bella Bella, Nuu-chah-nulth, Chilcotin) to be able to travel to Victoria with mentors/staff who will support them in their conference presentations or as conference delegates. The approval of this small amount of funding will enable 10 young people’s meaningful participation in sharing their experiences, histories and work leading social change in their communities. This program grant is aligned with CYF’s priority to support youth engagement and leadership in remote communities around the province.
$1,470.00
2014

Indigenous, Participatory, Culturally-Grounded Arts-Informed Research Insititute 2015 (Researchers: N/A)

Indigenous, Participatory, Culturally-Grounded Arts-Informed Research Insititute 2015 (Research Team: N/A)
$10,000.00
2014

Indigenous Child Well-being Training Initiative

UVic has developed an Indigenous Child Well-being Research Network and has piloted training for Indigenous communities on child well-being best practices for the last 2 years. Each training session is developed in advance with community input. The training supports the Indigenous knowledge inherent in the community engaging Elders, adults and youth to learn about positive Indigenous child well-being best practices in order to inform public policy at all levels. They want to know how the current system works and how they can become more independent eg. through Granny Clubs, youth mentorship groups, etc., in order to protect and keep their children in their own communities. The training facilitates knowledge mobilization and the adaptation of promising practices to local contexts. Cultural metaphors such as basket weaving, dip nets or disappearing oolichan fish are used to provide an appropriate cultural context grounded in respect, relevance, reciprocity and responsibility.
$50,000.00
2012

Mitigating mining-induced health impacts in Fort St. James and Nak'azdli, BC

This project will develop an intervention to mitigate the impacts of mine development on the health of two Northern communities, located near BC’s newest approved mine. The project is a unique collaboration, bridging the issues of health and mining engineering as well as an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal community (Nak'azdli and Fort St. James). The project will use a community-based participatory approach and knowledge translation to develop an intervention to maximize mining-related social, economic, and health benefits.
$140,000.00
2011

Knowledge Translation of Barriers to Safe Drinking Water in BC Aboriginal Communities

This application is to fund an extension to work on issues related to access to safe drinking water that has been completed by Darlene Sanderson PhD within six separate Aboriginal communities in remote areas of British Columbia. The project is one of community-focused participatory research directly involving members of the communities whose health is affected by lack of access to safe water. For example, one of the communities in which a workshop was held has been on a boil water advisory for the last sixteen years. Activities: The funds will be used to capture the outcomes of six workshops conducted within each of the Aboriginal communities.Dr. Sanderson will analyze data drawn from the workshops and then compare findings from the analysis to findings from a literature search and an environmental scan in order to identify high impact actions that could be taken at local levels to address particular issues relating to access to safe water. Findings will be recorded in reports to each of the six Indigenous communities and made available to them. This stage of the project will build on the momentum generated during the workshops within each of the communities; develop greater understanding of issues around health and access to safe water;and provide community members with the opportunity to take a direct stake in the process of moving knowledge to action.
$10,000.00
2010

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.
$150,000.00
2017

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.
$10,000.00
2017

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.
$10,000.00
2017

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.
$70,000.00
2017

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?
$7,500.00
2013

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.
$225,000.00
2016

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.
$25,000.00
2013

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.
$10,000.00
2015

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.
$65,014.00
2011

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.
$136,500.00
2014

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.
$225,000.00
2016

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.
$90,000.00
2011

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.
$118,500.00
2018

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.
$75,000.00
2017

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