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West Kootenay Women's Association Nelson & District Women's Centre

Gender Action Project (GAP) Theatre

The GAP project consists of 15 to 20 youth (ages 14 to 18) coming together once a week for four hours of workshop and training in Theatre of the Oppressed, a type of interactive theatre. This form of participatory education uses games, exercises, and discussions to inform youth about gender-based issues, including stereotypes, bullying, homophobia, transphobia, and relationship violence, and empowers them to respond positively when they encounter these issues in their lives. Youth and facilitators share a meal each week, and create a safe space for conversation and support. Through these workshops, the youth create interactive theatre scenes based on their collective life experiences. The youth will perform these plays in public forums, in order to facilitate dialogue and collective problem-solving in their communities. The audience is invited to intervene onstage and offer possible alternatives and solutions to the situations faced by the characters. Together, performers and audience explore different options for transforming violence and oppression in our communities.

West Kootenay/Boundary AIDS Network Outreach Support Society

Trans Connect

Trans Connect is a resource development project for transgendered people in the east and west Kootenay region. It provides peer-counselling, resources, referrals, and education for service providers. This project comes from the increasing population of Trans Folk in the area and the growing need to provide education and awareness for safe and supportive services. Trans issues have been primarily invisible to the broader public and Trans Folk are in need of a means through which they can connect, and access services in the Kootenay region.

Western Canada Theatre Company Society

Replacing the Pavilion Theatre HVAC System

We plan to replace the heating and cooling system in the Pavilion Theatre. The building was originally renovated in 1982. The system was a series of reconditioned units at that time and has not been replaced since. The Pavilion Theatre building houses our offices, our production shops, the box office and the 150 seat black box theatre. We lease the building from the City of Kamloops for $1 per year but are then responsible for all required upgrades and maintenance. The assessment from our mechanical engineer calls for $125,000 replacement of the system. Over the next few months, we will tender the project. We have $50,000 in hand from the City in the form of a repayable grant. We have applied to the BC Arts Council for funding and are eligible for support from the City and the Thompson Nicola Regional District, so are in the process of applying for Federal Gas Tax Credits. We collect capital improvement fees on all of our tickets but have mounted a low key capital campaign as well. The replacement of the HVAC system must happen to ensure WCT's and the Arts community's sustainability.

Western Canada Wilderness Committee

The Time is Now - Legislation for BC’s Endangered Species

The goal of this project is to engage in extensive outreach and mobilization to further increase awareness about species at risk in British Columbia, and to advocate for strong endangered species legislation. Using and building on our outstanding educational resources from the past year – including video footage of species at risk, stunning photos, striking child and youth-produced artwork, compelling presentations, and our educational report – the Wilderness Committee proposes to extend our outreach and mobilization to a broader audience. Specifically, we will focus on three areas: children, youth, and young adults (through their educational institutions); a broader geographic focus; and increased outreach to the general public. With the upcoming BC election, this is a politically strategic time to put endangered species on the agenda. If the election results in a government committed to endangered species legislation, which is likely, this 18-month period will be instrumental in achieving strong, effective stand-alone legislation to protect endangered species.

Lifelines - Protecting BC's Wild Species and Spaces

LIFELINES will educate British Columbians about endangered species, with a special focus on connecting children and youth to ten flagship species at risk in BC. British Columbia is one of only two Canadian provinces without an endangered species law, yet the province is home to more wild plant and animal species than any other. This project will mobilize the public, youth, and children to act, using video, photography, educational reports, outdoor slide shows, story-telling, social media, mainstream media, and student-generated art exhibits, to bring endangered species back into the minds, hearts and homes of British Columbians.

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Breaking Barriers: Optimizing Hearing Health Care for Adults in BC

Our project will establish a framework for research and action to address the problem of untreated hearing loss in adults and inequitable access to hearing health care across BC. With this grant, we will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for the first critical stage of a community-based process to set a research agenda based on the development of a shared understanding of the pressing issues. We will use a concept mapping approach that draws on well-established protocols from systems science. This project will lead to the identification of research priorities that are responsive to the key systemic barriers preventing adults from seeking or receiving hearing health care.

Whistler Animals Galore Society

Volunteer training videos project

This proposal presents an approach and methodology that meets and requirements of the RFP while presenting a program that enhances volunteer experience and will save valuable staff resources for years to come. If successful, this project will include creating training videos for volunteer orientation, which will enhance the quality of volunteer training, reduce pressure on staff training, and hopefully increase volunteer retention by showing the diversity of volunteer roles and opportunities at WAG and giving volunteers a comprehensive understanding of how the shelter operates.

Whistler Centre for Sustainability Institute Society

Squamish Lillooet Regional Food Sustainability Project

Increasing health concerns, development pressures on farmland, climate impacts, existing pricing and procurement mechanisms, insufficient retail and distribution channels for local food, and lack of action on food waste and packaging are some of the pressing challenges facing our regional food system. This project aims to convene and support a Squamish-Lillooet Regional Food System Task Force to identify and implement region-wide food initiatives that will help our food system, from production and land use to consumption to waste and recovery, become more sustainable and move towards a vision of healthy people, a healthy planet and regional prosperity.

Wildlife Rehabilitators Network

Exploring needs and capacity required for a provincial Wildlife Rehabilitation Resource Hub

There is an increasing demand for humane care for distressed wildlife in BC, paired with a growing public expectation that wildlife rehabilitators provide care that meets professional standards comparable to those in place for companion or exotic animals. There are not enough qualified wildlife rehabilitators to meet this need, and insufficient access to formal, relevant, and affordable training resources for aspiring or practicing rehabilitators. Identifying sustainable channels to increase the number of wildlife rehabilitators in BC will enhance wildlife welfare in the province while promoting public safety by ensuring distressed wildlife is humanely cared for by licensed professionals.

Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia

Developing Financial Sustainability through an Expanded Donor Base

This project will focus on building WRA's development capacity by: - Purchasing a new donor database. Our current database is woefully inadequate for our current and projected needs, especially as we aggressively grow out donor base in the coming years. - Acquiring new donors through direct mail (DM). While DM is not suseful with certain audiences and is expensive, it is effective for acquiring new donors from an older demographic, which our donor base has a significant portion of. We are planning a 5000 piece mail-out to select neighbourhoods in central and north Burnaby and Vancouver. - Hiring a consultant to help build our capacity in undertaking email and website donor prospecting. We have email addresses for most of the people who bring wildlife to the Care Centre. The challenge is how to cost effectively covert these prospects into donors. An email - website prospect campaign is an effective means of acquiring donors, but we require assistance in this relatively new area of fundraising. Developing new publications: planed giving brochure and wildlife 'finders' form.

Website Development

The WRA is planning a complete redevelopment of its website. This project will provide important new features, services and upgrades that will create a better communications tool to engage, inform and inspire the community about our important work for wildlife.

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Citizen Science Series

Outcomes will help influence systemic change through: 1. Normalizing active water stewardship with robust, scientifically defensible monitoring protocols that have been adjusted to be accessible and user friendly for citizen scientists. 2. Strengthened community understanding and engagement on the inter-relationship between land use, climate change and watershed health and that this stewardship is a collective responsibility. 3. Inform existing and newly emerging watershed and land use management policies, practices and pluralistic frameworks at the municipal, regional or sub-basin level. Our Citizen Science Series is an important initiative to engage, train and empower citizens and community groups to collect water data for policy implementation within their communities in lakes, rivers, wetlands, aquifers and glacial environments. We use provincial and federal protocols such as the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network in rivers and will be testing the adaptation of the protocol in partnership with Environment Canada to assess wetland health. We use Provincial Ambient Water Monitoring and Groundwater Protocols, and will be testing citizen science protocols for blue-green algae and glacial monitoring, which has not been done before in BC. We will work with the Adaptation to Climate Team - SFU and our science advisory board to implement and test the ability to asses climate change impacts within each of the monitoring protocols we use.

Living Lakes Canada - I Love My Lake

With an intensification of shoreline development proposals in the Columbia Basin, government agencies and community organizations have been working on Kootenay region lakes since 2006. With management guidelines now in place, Living Lakes Canada, in partnership with the East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership and Kootenay Lake Partnership, have developed an outreach strategy to engage these lake communities in a broader water stewardship dialogue, and move toward implementing the science into decision-making processes (Official Community Plans, Lake Management Plans or zoning bylaws). I Love My Lake aims to engage and create a sense of pride around healthy shorelines for shoreline property owners and other lake users. “I Love My Lake” includes a series of outreach tools and workshops designed to educate lake stewardship groups, local governments, realtors, and other community leaders about best practices in shoreline management, the aquatic habitat value of their lake, and encourage public participation in planning initiatives to better protect ecological values.

Aquatic Habitat Index (AHI) and Archaeological Overview Assessment (AOA)

CCRIFC and its partners (also known as the Kootenay Lake Partnership) are in the process of developing a lake management plan that will be used throughout communities on Kootenay Lake as an over-arching directive on activities and development. As a component of a three-part lake study (the Foreshore Inventory and Mapping complete), the aquatic habitat index (AHI) and archaeological overview assessment (AOA) will feed into shoreline guidelines for the lake. This grant will support a two-fold study (AHI/AOA) that will be conducted simultaneously and integrated into a final guidance document. It will include a fish and wildlife inventory, detailed habitat assessments and an archaeological study to determine the natural and cultural values for each lake segment. The inventory will be used to develop an ecological health index of the shoreline and related upland area, which will indicate zones of sensitivity (e.g. wetlands, tributary outlets, native grasslands, wildlife habitat and corridors, biologically productive areas, and traditional and contemporary culturally significant sites)

Elk River Alliance Community-based Water Monitoring

The Elk River Alliance (ERA) encourages citizens to understand water quality, quantity and the water decisionmaking process as a necessary bridge to ensure long-term sustainability of water quality and flows. The project will integrate holistic watershed planning within the watershed and engage grassroots community participation. Through this project, the ERA aims to demostrate that community-based water monitoring can build relationships of accountability, transparency, respect and trust between citizens, government and private landowners.

Living Lakes Network Canada

The project aims to protect and enhance Lake Windermere by means of inter-agency cooperation, scientific water quality monitoring and public education and engagement. This includes hosting a national workshop, initiating a partner survey to determine priority projects, standardizing stream monitoring methods, helping to train five water stewardship groups and developing a guide to successfully implementing community-based water stewardship programs.

Williams Lake Indian Band

Circle of Strength Community Safety Project

Residential school and generational trauma have impacted First Nations communities and families in a range of different ways. When a family crisis occurs, or when a family is struggling, our usual approach has been to remove children from their families to protect them from further harm. This traumatizes both the children and their families. This project is about finding a different way. We want to work together with all the services in our community identify and reach out to families who are struggling sooner, provide support and resources to help them resolve the challenges they face, keep their children and the community safe, and support health family development.

WISH Drop-In Centre Society

Mainstream Employment Opportunities Initiative

Many women involved in street-based sex work are reliant on it as their sole source of income. Without alternative sources of income, women may put themselves at risk so that they can make a living. For women who wish to seek mainstream employment, opportunities are limited and barriers are high: e.g., stigma, lack of employment history, and criminal records. Facilitating mainstream employment opportunities for current and former sex workers will allow them to make safer choices, and to potentially see a path out of sex work if they choose to do so. Systemic changes have the potential to also create greater access to employment opportunities for other marginalized groups in the DTES.

Women Against Violence Against Women WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

Inclusion Project: Community Consultation and Policy Development

Half of all transgender people will experience sexual assault. Although sexual assault supports exist in Vancouver none are designed specifically to support trans and gender non-conforming survivors and many services exclude them altogether. Since 1982, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre has supported women who have been sexually assaulted. Through consultation with stakeholders in the trans and gender non-conforming community we will create a plan to provide sexual assault services to trans and gender non-conforming survivors. Developing support services that center the unique needs of trans and gender non-conforming survivors ensures that will have access to healing and justice after sexual assault

World Wildlife Fund Canada

British Columbia Water Polling

WWF is proposing to plan and execute a short-term, timely and detailed polling project to provide our organization, and our partners, with a solid base of information to understand the interests, concerns and values of the residents of B.C. with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems. This project has two main purposes/goals: 1. To gain an understanding of the values, interests and concerns of the B.C. public with respect to freshwater resources and ecosystems, providing a base of information for NGOs and others to use in strategies and campaigns aimed at improving water policy and management in the province; and 2. To educate the B.C. public on the importance of water to their economy, health and environment, and on the importance and need for water policy reform to secure safe, reliable water supplies and a healthy aquatic ecosystems.

WSÁNEC School Board

STÁ,SEN TTE SENCOTEN- Language Revitalization and Sustainability Plan

This project will facilitate the revitalization and sustainability of the Sençoïen language at their band-operated school. Their five-year mission is to establish immersion programming from pre-school to Grade 3. They have hired six language apprentices to work with a language team, including three current language instructors who will soon retire. They seek on-going funding for their master/apprentice relationships between their 15 remaining fluent elders and their dedicated young adult apprentices.

Yayoi Theatre Movement Society


Medea is a 90-minute contemporary Noh performance based on Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripides (431 BC) and Aoi No Uye (Princess Hollyhock) a Noh play by Zenchiku Ujinobu (1414-1499). The company will produce an interpretation of these tragedies using the lead female character, Medea, as the point of artistic departure. The company has invited Paras Terezakis to choreograph, with artistic direction by Yayoi Hirano. Terezakis' distinct style of choreography will compliment the formal and traditionally stylized movements conceived by Hirano through movement and her carved masks. The collaboration will challenge both directors to imagine, experiment and build towards a new form that incorporates the traditions of Noh theatre, mask and puppetry with contemporary dance. Medea will also include a Noh chant chorus of 8 participants and 15 pieces performed by pianist Sara Davis Buechner. She will explore compositions from the 1400-1500s similar to the Shakespearean era. A life-sized puppet will be created by Japanese puppet maker, Sayo Umeda.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Holding Ethical Space in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains

Canada has committed to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; BC is the first province to introduce legislation for its implementation. Yet, lack of understanding by non-Indigenous parties of Indigenous societal and legal frameworks will prevent reconciliation from advancing, including in the context of land-use planning. Y2Y will prototype the use of Ethical Space dialogues–developed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners–to support mutual understanding of cultural constructs and assumptions in the Kootenay-Columbia region. This will provide the leadership, social capital and recommendations to identify next steps towards effective land-use planning.

Upstream, Downstream: A Collaborative Approach to Cumulative Effects

A Murray River Watershed Working Group (WWG) led by First Nations as stewards of the land, with resource companies, Y2Y, provincial government and other technical, academic and community representatives invited as appropriate, will use facilitated meetings and a series of 4-5 community workshops to deepen mutual understanding of the local and broader context and shape the CEA Framework. Together they will forge a common agenda and agree on the CEA Framework scope, process and timeframes, with the workshops helping to flesh it out and draw on local and traditional ecological knowledge. This will root the Framework in the values of the communities that use the 175km-long Murray River—specifically First Nations communities – but also take into account broader community and resource needs and industrial, academic, technical and government input. Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations and MacLeod Lake Indian Band have already confirmed their WWG representation. This project will bring together people who share an interest in the great natural resources of the Peace region, but who may have quite different perspectives, to collaboratively create a CEA Framework and process, which will ultimately inform and enable a more balanced and integrated land-use approach. It will also provide an innovative model for cross-sector working on land-use planning that reflects and respects aboriginal rights and values, supporting their continued use and enjoyment of the land.

Engaging Communities and First Nations in the Peace River Break

Y2Y seeks to protect wildlife habitat, preserve wildlife movement, and enlist community support so that wildlife populations in the Peace River Break (PRB) remain healthy and connected to those in Alberta’s mountain parks and northern B.C. Since 2008, Y2Y has worked with northern communities to develop a conservation vision for habitat protection and conservation throughout the PRB. Partners include First Nations, the District of Hudson’s Hope, environmental groups, and the University of Northern B.C. Together we have completed a conservation vision map and strategic plan. Y2Y recently hired a full-time Peace River Break Coordinator, based in Chetwynd, to expand and implement this conservation strategy, including advocating for new protected areas. We have secured 3-years of funding for this position, and are seeking support from Vancouver Foundation to help cover travel costs to First Nations’ and non-First Nations’ communities, venue rental, and the creation of a new multimedia presentation and communications materials to promote the conservation vision.