Grants

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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.
$61,913.50
2010

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
$195,672.00
2014

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.
$20,000.00
2012

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.
$30,000.00
2010

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

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.
$20,000.00
2019

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.
$135,000.00
2019

Eth?´s Lab Project

$10,000.00
2019

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.
$10,000.00
2018

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.
$50,000.00
2018

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.
$225,000.00
2018

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
$10,000.00
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.
$60,000.00
2017

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.
$225,000.00
2017

$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.
$195,000.00
2017

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.
$150,000.00
2017

Enhancing Youth Transitions Policy Advocacy in BC

Anticipating the sunsetting of the Fostering Change Initiative (FCI) at VF, First Call (FC) is interested in helping sustain young leaders’ engagement in policy advocacy to fully achieve the system changes needed to support better transitions for youth aging out of care in BC. In our work on this, we’ve heard & observed that current policy advocacy for YI/FC happens in silos & primarily at the municipal level. By bridging the FCI network & a coalition of 101 orgs with a background in prov level policy advocacy, FC is well-positioned to further efforts for systemic change. Recent consultation with 25 orgs working w/ YI/FC, including young leaders, disability grps, immigrant services, Indigenous orgs, resid’l care providers, etc., told us: 1) Service agencies are looking for a place to hand off policy advocacy to & more ways to connect youth who want to do policy advocacy; 2) Existing YACs need support to come together, communicate, learn from each other. This project will build capacity for FC to work collaboratively with youth-serving orgs to engage & support YI/FC to participate & take leadership in the range of awareness & advocacy activities needed to inform policy-makers, build public support for greater transitions investments & monitor system change. The project will develop support for YI/FC interested in moving from self-advocacy to systemic advocacy thru training, networking w/ adult allies & other young leaders, mentoring, & opportunities to practice new skills
$150,000.00
2017

Making ends meet: Low wage work, 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.
$225,000.00
2017

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.
$225,000.00
2017

Facing Poverty in our Communities: building engaging networks

Through strengthening relationships from local to local and from local to provincial, the short-term aim is to change how we take action and work together to be more effective in the long-term aim of changing policies to benefit the health and well-being of people living in poverty. Many local groups are over-burdened with dealing with the symptoms of poverty and need support in taking action at the systemic level to tackle the root causes of poverty. This project will involve bringing together key provincial stakeholders for an intensive 2-day workshop in order to identify existing assets and work collaboratively on developing an effective provincial network. There has not been a provincial gathering of this nature in recent history so this has the potential to have a powerful impact. During the workshop, asset mapping will demonstrate the strength of existing local initiatives and provide opportunities for learning across communities. The gathering will also include an evaluation of supports needed to work on systemic change and what is the most effective way to nurture that support within the local, regional and provincial context without adding too much to over-stretched groups. Due to resources and the need to have a directed conversation the attendance will be limited to a meeting of 25 representatives. The framework developed through this process will build outwards to include more organizations and voices as it grows.
$10,000.00
2016

Aging Out of Foster Care in B.C. Study Circles

Working with the Canadian Federation of University Women-BC Council and their clubs around the province, this project will explore the challenges facing young people aging out of foster care in B.C. by organising a working group to review and update the Study Circle Facilitators Guide, by training adult and experiential facilitators, by hosting a series of local study groups through CFUW-BC clubs across the province, by facilitating an Action Forum, and by distributing the Facilitators Guide, Action Ideas Pamphlet, and Final Report to clubs, study circle participants, and community organisations. We intend to hire an experiential young person with facilitation skills to coordinate the provincial activities and an adult co-facilitator to assist with developing the guide, facilitating training and hosting the Action Forum.
$34,838.00
2016

Connecting Community to Surrey Youth Leaving Care, Phase 2

Building on the outcomes and learning from phase 1, this project will take the next step in engaging community members to support Surrey youth transitioning from care. The goals of the project are: youth engagement/voice; taking local action; raising public awareness; and collaboration with the local Aboriginal friendship centre. An advisory group of youth in and from care will guide every stage of the project. They will participate in a weekend retreat, where they will prioritize ideas from the key themes of education; skills training and employment; housing; physical and mental health; and connections with others, identified in phase 1. Phase 1 participants and others will then convene to develop specific action plans and mobilize the community to roll out initiatives for 3-5 priority activities, which will be evaluated and revised if necessary, to ensure that they continue after project completion. We will convene events in years 2 and 3 that bring together community stakeholders in Surrey, to share knowledge and solutions for youth aging out of care. A web-based resource will be developed and distributed widely, to profile the project, list current initiatives for use by practitioners and youth aging out of care, and describe systemic reforms needed for lasting change. Partnership with FRAFCA will enhance Indigenous cultural awareness and inform priority activities. The final activity will be a public engagement event intended to promote and sustain the projects.
$100,000.00
2016

Code Red: Testing a “CARP” approach to B.C.’s affordability crisis

Political systems respond to those who organize and show up – at the ballot box and in between elections. While aging Canadians have long had umbrella advocacy groups persistently advancing their interests, younger Canadians have not. Our "CARP for younger Canada" approach tests what we can achieve by filling that gap. We'll influence systemic change via 4 key levers: How we act - we'll engage younger British Columbians in non-partisan, evidence-based political organizing. Our public Code Red campaign will be a catalyst. Beliefs – along the way we'll tackle the belief that younger people are entitled, lazy, etc. (i.e. individually at-fault) and replace it with a belief that society is holding us back by failing to invest in us; via earned media, extensive community presentations, and our website, social and email channels. Resource flows – we'll channel the above to spur increased public investment in younger Canadians, guided by an annual analysis. Laws & policies – we'll mobilize support for policies that ease the squeeze, e.g. adequately funded universal child care, extended parental leave, housing market reform and investments. * * Rather than inflexibly committing to a SINGLE policy, we seek opportunities to advance whatever evidence-based policies have in-the-moment traction WITHIN our realm of research & expertise on the social determinants of health. This project has a clear emphasis on housing and family/affordability policy.
$75,000.00
2016

Regional Poverty Reduction Hubs: Connecting Communities for Upstream Action

There's nothing like meeting face to face and building relationships in local communities. We learned that when we travelled around the province hosting community workshops and we want to build on that to become a truly engaged provincial network. We have developed a very productive coalition of groups working on anti-poverty initiatives within Metro Vancouver and we plan to take the best practices of this work and test them in 2 other regions in BC (Okanagan and North). These regions have been selected because of their differences in public and political support for this systemic change so they will provide a productive comparison for growing the network in the future. Our work is focused on three streams: building capacity of our member organizations, including increased opportunities for collaboration (with the aim of impacting the resource flows of a social system, how knowledge and people can interact in different ways); increasing public awareness of these issues and the need for systemic change (to influence beliefs and routines); and political advocacy (to change the authority flows of a social system). We plan to take these into other regions by setting up 2 Regional Poverty Reduction Hubs with provision of regional coordinators and expansion of our programs, including a Leadership Development program, regional Speaker Series events, coordinating action research with local partners, and producing outreach material (video, online, print) that resonates locally.
$225,000.00
2016

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