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Welcome to the last Shared Value Solutions biweekly funding and news digest of 2021. We hope it finds you well.


In this special edition, we are thrilled to announce the release of our much-anticipated new ebook:

Harnessing the Power of Maps! Be sure to also read the final post in our GIS blog series that led up to this ebook. We also bring you a bonus edition of our annual Shop Indigenous gift giving guide. Be sure to check out the latest from our job board and meet some of our newest team members. We share inspiring stories from across Turtle Island, as well as our usual round up of funding opportunities for you to check out.  Stay well, everyone and have a happy and safe holiday season!

Special Announcement


Announcing new eBook: Harnessing the Power of Maps


Do you work in the lands or consultation department? Are you part of your Indigenous Nation’s planning or Indigenous Knowledge research, or are you part of the leadership team? Are you ready to be inspired by how Nations are leveraging mapping and GIS in innovative ways to protect their rights and interests? This eBook combines some nitty-gritty GIS basics and resource links with examples of these tools in action. Download it for free!

Having control over your maps of your territory and access to GIS tools allows you to do many things:

  • Assert jurisdiction
  • Further stewardship and cultural revitalization efforts
  • Leverage influence in regulatory processes and Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) negotiations
  • Prepare for climate change
  • Plan for the future with confidence

Get GIS Primer and Ideas Bundle



In Our Blog

Eight Ways GIS is Helping Shawanaga First Nation Establish its IPCA


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Welcome to the final post in our blog series that explores the power of mapping and GIS in supporting Indigenous Nations to advance their rights and interests. Over the series, we’ve explored everything from custom collector apps for land users to support land management decisions to Indigenous Knowledge mapping, Story Maps, cumulative effects mapping, and more. Today’s story is an example of one project that combines many of these approaches. We hope it paints a clear picture of the power of GIS and mapping to help protect what matters.


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More Shop Indigenous! A Bonus to our Annual Gift Giving Guide

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Welcome back to what has become an annual SVS holiday tradition - our Shop Indigenous Gift Giving Guide. We had so many amazing options this year that we put out a bonus edition. We love supporting Indigenous businesses as much as possible and how can we resist when the products are beautiful, unique, functional, and even delicious!  When you shop for gifts this year…and who are we kidding, as you buy yourself a little something too…be sure to browse the sites of all these amazing businesses and artists! But be warned, you will fall in love over and over again with the skill, beauty, and creativity that shines through when you shop Indigenous!


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Indigenous Funding Programs

Here are some opportunities to check out:

Call for Submissions: Indigenous Perspectives Case Studies

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices would like to build on the momentum from its first case study series, and invites interested Indigenous independent researchers, Knowledge Holders, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, and consultants to apply to create case studies. These case studies will serve to broaden conversations about climate policy recommendations from an Indigenous lens.

Successful recipients will receive a stipend of $15,000 to complete their research.


Application Deadline January 5, 2022


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Call for Proposals for First Nations Guardians Initiatives in 2022-2023 (Tiers 1, 2, and 3)
  • Funding is available for one fiscal year (2022-2023). Funds must be spent by March 31, 2023.
  • The maximum allocation per applicant for activities to be completed by March 31, 2023, is as follows:
    • Tier 1: $50,000/year
    • Tier 2: $175,000/year
    • Tier 3: $250,000/year

Application Deadline January 10, 2022


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Nation Rebuilding Program Call for Proposals Now Open 

The objective of the program is to support nation rebuilding efforts that will contribute to increased capacity at the larger Nation level. The provision of this capacity funding will promote:

  • the re-establishment of Indigenous Nations
  • an increase in the ability of Indigenous Nations to take on greater sectoral responsibilities, thereby facilitating a phased-in approach to self-determination and ultimately self-governance
  • an increase in the sense of unity within Indigenous Nations
  • identification and agreement among member communities on priorities for action and approaches to issues
  • a reduction in the duplication of the resolution of issues at the individual First Nation or Indigenous community level by working as a collective at the nation-level

Preference will be given to Indigenous nations representing multiple Indigenous communities.


Recipients eligible to receive funding under this program are the following:

  • Indigenous Nations entities (as self-defined and representing Nation-based collectives)
  • Nation member communities or member organizations on behalf of Nation entities
  • Section 35 rights-bearing Métis entities
  • National and regional Indigenous organizations
  • Self-governing Indigenous governments

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Indigenous Priorities Granting Program

Flexible grants up to $50,000 for Indigenous-led organizations to support initiatives that encourage community inclusiveness, belonging, and healing. Vancouver Foundation is committing $750,000 to the Indigenous Priorities Granting Program (IPGP) to provide flexible, one-time grants to First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, and Indigenous-led organizations operating in the lands now known as BC. Applications open November 15, 2021.

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Guardians Funding

The Government of Canada announced $340 million in new funding over five years to support Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship. This investment includes more than $173 million for Guardians programs and over $166 million for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). The funding is part of Budget 2021’s $2.3 billion commitment to nature conservation.

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Call for Proposals for 2022-2023 Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species At Risk 

Established in 2000, the HSP provides funding for projects submitted by Canadians that contribute directly to the recovery of species at risk. To ensure the HSP is able to achieve its mandate to "contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened, and other species at risk by engaging Canadians from all walks of life in conservation actions to benefit wildlife.” 

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Opportunities Round-up: 

In The News 


Sask. First Nation welcomes back buffalo herd after 150-year absence|CTV News

A starter herd of 24 buffalo was gifted to the Cote First Nation and released on Monday, with help from Loko Koa, a group seeking to restore Indigenous culture and identity.

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London's first Indigenous-led winter shelter program reconnects participants with culture| CBC

"We want to have an emphasis on traditional meals," said Terri King, a program manager with Atlohsa Family Healing Services. "Having wild rice, having game meat, having berries available for all of our participants."

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Manitoba helping fund healing village for at-risk Indigenous women, girls|Global News

The Manitoba government has promised $3 million in funding to help build a healing village to help at-risk Indigenous women and girls.

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SVS eBooks for Download: Collect them all!

Check out our collection of informative eBooks that are available for free download:

  • Channeling the Wisdom of Indigenous Knowledge 
  • Pandemic-Inspired Research Innovations
  • Indigenous Planning Cheat Sheet
  • Indigenous Business and the Resource Sector
  • Indigenous Planning Starter Kit
  • Indigenous Guardians and Development
Download our eBooks here
Still Available: Free Emergency Consultation Department Support During COVID-19 from SVS

First Nations are reporting that, even in the midst of a pandemic that has many band offices closed, resource development proponents continue to send referrals to move projects forward. We have ideas on how to support. Get in touch.

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SVS News

Meet Jasmine Labelle



Introducing one of our newest team members, Jasmine Labelle, who joins SVS as a Junior Terrestrial Ecologist. She has a background in sampling, analysis, and monitoring of water, soil, and air quality; environmental assessments; drinking and wastewater treatment; and the fundamentals of navigating federal and provincial legislation. 

Meet Jasmine here


Meet Shannon Petrie



Introducing on of our newest team members, Shannon Petrie, who joins SVS as a Terrestrial Ecologist. She has a background working on projects involving ecological monitoring, fisheries management, wetland conservation, and species-at-risk surveying. 

Meet Shannon here


SVS is Hiring!

From coast to coast to coast, our team at Shared Value Solutions is busy

working with our First Nations, Métis and Inuit clients - and we are looking to fill the following


In the spirit of reconciliation and diversity, we are committed to increasing our number of Indigenous employees. Please let us know in your application if you are First Nations, Métis or Inuit. And please let us know if you speak: French, Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Innu, or other languages that might be useful for this position!  Please share these posts widely with your networks.

Reconciliation Circle Update

SVS's Reconciliation Circle was born out of our commitment to the TRC Calls to Action. As a company, Call to Action #92 is a place we can directly put our efforts. We see it as a place we can influence the culture and operations within our company and hopefully influence other companies with our examples. We are a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals who have seen and learned much on our journeys – and acknowledge that we have so much more to learn and to know.


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About Us: Shared Value Solutions

We are a Canadian B Corp, and we assist Indigenous Nations with support throughout regulatory processes surrounding major development projects like mines, hydroelectric facilities, transmission lines, highway expansions, oil and gas pipelines, natural resource transport applications and nuclear power. 


We have deep context and experience behind the recommendations we provide, having worked for our clients on almost every major project in Canada over the last 10 years. For us, it’s all about building long-term relationships with our clients. We want to get to know you and what you want to do so we can help you move your plans forward. 


Core Services:

  • Impact Benefit Agreement Negotiation Support 
  • Technical Reviews and Regulatory Process Support 
  • Community and Economic Development Planning 
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Land Use Studies 
  • Environmental Monitoring 
  • Guardians Program Development 
  • Climate Change Readiness 
  • GIS and Mapping 
  • and a whole lot


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