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Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Local Communications Campaign to Protect the Peace River Valley & Stop SiteC Dam

The PVEA seeks to implement a local communications plan as part of its campaign to protect the Peace River Valley and stop the Site C dam. PVEA intends to undertake a number of actions including: creating and delivering messaging relevant to local audiences through social media, posters, pamphlets and through presentations in collaboration with local group leaders; distributing media releases and columns to local news media on a regular basis about the dam, the various issues and opportunities to influence decision-making; creating a customer relationship management database and mailer; carrying out voice-interactive response calls to every household in Peace River north and south; carrying out a telephone town hall amongst all homes in the Peace Region; undertaking a direct mailer to 5,000 homes in the Peace Region; and conducting polling two-thirds of the way through the campaign period to measure success and determine the best strategy for the final few months of campaigning.

Peace-Making: Advancing Conservation Outcomes in BC's Peace River Break

Since 2008 Y2Y has led an effort to raise awareness about, and support conservation of the Peace River Break (PRB). This culminated in a successful conference in March 2012, at which more than 50 individuals validated work to date and contributed to future plans. Y2Y will build upon this work to advance a shared conservation vision for the PRB. We will finalize a conservation agenda that will preserve sufficient intact lands to maintain connectivity for wildlife and ecosystem services for human communities. Through a new and significant partnership with the University of Northern BC, we will establish a repository of accessible regional spatial information, and initiate an assessment of wildlife mortality hotspots, especially along Highway 97 through Pine Pass. We will push the BC government to complete the proposed Peace-Boudreau Park. We will involve local First Nations in these efforts. We will communicate about the importance of the region and strengthen the connections among its communities. We will build the long-term capacity of local organizations to carry on this work.

Keeping the Peace Fully Wild

The Peace River Break is the only connection between the abundant wildlife of northern BC and the Rocky Mountain Parks. This key ecosystem is currently threatened by poorly-planned road networks, coal mines, hydroelectric projects and other renewable energy developments which are outpacing the understanding of the area’s value to wildlife and traditional land uses. This project will raise awareness among decision makers of the region’s ecological importance and build the capacity of local organizations to advance policies and practices that protect and restore the vitality of the Peace River Break.

A Collaborative Conservation Plan for the Peace River Break

This project aims to maintain and restore the ecological connectivity of the Peace River Break region by facilitating the completion of a collaborative conservation plan and support for high priority projects consistent with the plan for addressing conservation threats and opportunities. Currently, no such integrated regional plan or network exist.

Young Naturalists' Club of BC

Exploring Collective Impact to support an Enduring Nature Connection for Children to Older Youth

By exploring innovative ways to collaborate the organizations involved in this project will result in a continuum of opportunity for young people to a) build a deep connection to the natural world; b) develop agency to take action to protect it; and c) work to connect others with nature. Currently, organizations work in silos often with a particular age group or emphasis. There are few examples of organizations easing the transition for children and youth from programs offered by one organization to another. As a result, children may participate for a period of time with an organization but may be “dropped” when they age-out of one program or organization. With a collective impact (or similar) strategy, we can foster a highly supported cohort of children to develop into Nature Champions, who are able to influence the system as adults, both as parents and through their chosen careers. Through this project we will: 1) Invite 4-6 select environmental organizations working in BC, Natural Leaders Participants, as well as youth involved with these organizations, to participate in a facilitated dialogue about how we can create a “continuum of opportunity” for young people between our organizations and programs 2) Explore different models of collaboration that could be tested including a broader collective impact framework. 3) Determine if there is a readiness to proceed with a pilot for a new approach to address ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ in B.C.

Bird Aware Cat Care (BACC): Youth Citizen Scientists Protect Birds and Keep Cats Safe in BC

How it will work: There is a strong cultural resistance to limiting cat access to outdoors. We proposed to disrupt this resistance by working at the family scale through a positive youth-led education campaign borne from the youth’s experience of learning about the impact of cats on birds by testing different alternatives to allowing cats to free-roam. We seek to change beliefs (it is normal, natural and not harmful for cats to be free-roaming) in a cohort of NatureKids BC Members families with cats and to change how they act (keeping cats in, using various predation reducing devices such as the Cat Bib or BirdBeSafe collar). The “citizen science” component will test efficacy of various alternatives and will to engage youth, acting as a tool for encouraging dialogue and education leading to changing behaviour at the family scale. Much like the early work on encouraging recycling, engaged youth can be a powerful lever for change at the family scale which may then ripple out into the community. We will conduct pre/post surveys of NatureKids member families to gauge their awareness, attitudes and perceptions about the impact cat predation on birds and other wildlife. The survey will explore respondents’ awareness of different methods of reducing bird mortality from cat kills and willingness/ barriers to employ the methods. This will provide a baseline to compare the outcomes of a repeat survey (and provide data on the success of the project) at the end of year two.

Engaging youth to protect amphibians through road surveys

Amphibians play a key role in wetland health. Yet amphibian populations are in decline- they are the most threatened vertebrate group on earth (The Global Amphibian Assessment, 2004) . In BC, roads pose a significant risk to amphibians as they annually migrate to and from sources of water for breeding. Training and empowering youth to conduct Amphibian Road Surveys will help conserve amphibians through the collection of data (identifying high amphibian-use road crossings as sites for management and mitigation efforts) and by raising awareness and engaging local youth and families in local amphibian conservation. Remote training, including online videos and webinars, will be used to enable Young Naturalists’ Clubs around BC to conduct amphibian road surveys. A Road Survey Kit containing all the materials needed to conduct their road survey will be provided to interested clubs for their use. Youth Citizen Scientists will enter their data online to the BC Frogwatch website where the data will be collated, mapped and archived, contributing to the conservation of amphibian populations.

YNC Nature Mentors Initiative

The Young Naturalists' Club of BC (YNC) gets children aged 5-14 outside discovering nearby nature and experiencing hands-on learning about the natural sciences through: volunteer-led Nature Clubs in communities across BC, field trips with inspirational local experts, Citizen Science Projects and an Action Awards program. This grant will support the development of a nature mentors program by developing a database linking passionate biologists, naturalists and environmental educators with BC youth, creating a legacy of environmental awareness and action.

Young Parents Support Network

Becoming Family: for Indigenous, non-Indigenous & newcomer young parents

In consultation with young parents we have developed a project which includes individualized coaching in life skills, parenting and goal-setting; group programs; and two Support Worker positions specializing in working with Indigenous and newcomer families. Partners include the City of Victoria and the Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre to provide a weekly group; and the Esquimalt Nation to provide programs to families living on local reserves. The target population for this project are Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomer young parent families who live with complex risk, including poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, fetal alcohol and narcotic effect, racism, low literacy, and sex trade involvement. This project will provide individualized support to young parents and their children through: i. a home-visitation program, ii. programs for families on local reserves; iii. an Indigenous Support Worker to ensure accessibility to our programs; iv. a Family Support Worker specializing in working with newcomer families, & v. a weekly fitness-wellness support group with childcare.

Young Women's Christian Association of Vancouver

Finding Solutions: Understanding Public Interest in Canadian Family Policy

Finding Solutions: Understanding Public Interest in Canadian Family Policy

YouthCO HIV & HEP C Society

Rural Aboriginal Youth CORE Training Project

This project will expand their current Aboriginal Youth Program (AYP) by adding two three-day peer education CORE training sessions per year, one in Vancouver and one in Prince George. Up to 12 rural Aboriginal youth will participate per session. Priority will be given to participants who are infected with, affected by, or at risk of and/or vulnerable to HIV, Hepatitis C and other infections.