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


In this edition, we are thrilled to present the second post in our new blog series on Environmental Monitoring:

Five Key Questions to Plan a Community-led Environmental Monitoring Program. Watch for posts on environmental monitoring programs we've helped support to inspire you as you make your own plans. We also feature a podcast roundup that features the work of Indigenous creators. 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!

Special Announcement

New Blog Series: Environmental Monitoring



Welcome to the second post in our blog series that delves into the exciting world of environmental monitoring. Exciting, you may ask? Yes! At least our team sure thinks so. What better way to protect your lands and waters than to keep a deliberate, watchful eye on what matters? However, we get that creating an environmental monitoring plan can be daunting. Here are some key questions we often assist our clients in getting clear on:

  1. What should we monitor?
  2. Why should we monitor it?
  3. When should we start?
  4. What skills do we need?
  5. How will we fund our program?

For this post we sat down with four experts on our science team — Senior Ecologist Jessica Ward, Environmental Scientist Alison Gamble, Aquatic Biologist Jody Duncan, and Aquatic Ecologist Jessica Batson — to answer these questions and more. Read on to find out what they have to say!


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In Our Blog

Amplifying Indigenous Voices: Podcast Edition



Lately, Indigenous voices have taken the world of digital media by storm. Indigenous creators are picking up the microphone to tell their stories: stories of reconciliation, struggle, and hope; untold stories; fresh perspectives; and much much more. With the popularity of podcasts and the potential to reach large audiences, this method of amplifying Indigenous voices has unlimited promise and we are loving every minute of it.


As part of our commitment to Reconciliation, we strive to support and highlight the work of Indigenous creators. This post contains a list of podcast suggestions from our team members and others from our "Must Listen" list. Check them out!


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Special Events


2022 Virtual Indigenous Conference on Cumulative Effects

ICCE Virtual Conference

Cumulative Effects: A Health and Well-Being Perspective
March 1-2, 2022


The conference will focus on the importance of considering communities and individuals health and well-being to effectively understand and address cumulative effects issues. Speakers from coast to coast to coast will explore, from an Indigenous point of view, the links between a healthy environment and healthy communities that are in constant evolution over time and space. They will discuss topics like the social, cultural, and environmental components of health and well-being and how they relate to cumulative effects’ preoccupations.


Register Here



Be part of the cross-continental conversation on #Indigenous-led solutions to reaching #Net-Zero


Canada and the USA must achieve a net zero carbon neutral state by 2050 or risk catastrophic consequences. Achieving net zero by 2050 means that our economies ideally emit no greenhouse gases or are carbon neutral by off­ setting any emissions that have not been eliminated, including actions such as planting trees or using carbon capture technologies that can capture carbon before it is released into the atmosphere. However, to reach Net Zero by 2050, we will require:

  • $5 trillion of new clean energy projects and related infrastructure like transmission lines;
  • up to 14 times more electric vehicle (EV) battery minerals like nickel, iron ore, and other commodities ($1 trillion);
  • new sustainable finance standards, practices and tools to fund the energy transition, mining, and related infrastructure, and;
  • new continent-wide coordinated energy policies and regulations.

Can we save the planet’s atmosphere without destroying Indigenous lands, cultures, and societies along with our shared environment? Can we all be smart, environmentally, and socially, as well as prosperous without trading one problem for another?

On April 25 – 26th, 2022, the First Nations Major Project Coalition, in partnership with First Peoples Worldwide, will host Indigenous leaders, industry experts, policymakers, and investors across Canada and the US to highlight carbon reducing examples that are either Indigenous-led or have strong potential for industry-government-Indigenous partnership.


Be sure not to miss out on this last week to register early bird tickets to this must-attend event.

Register Here


The  Indigenomics 10 to Watch List   demonstrates excellence, innovation, leadership and committed action towards the growth of the Indigenous economy. The annual list highlights Indigenous businesses, partnerships, ventures, economic development corporations, governments, investors and initiatives that are innovating in growing the $100 billion dollar national annual Indigenous economy.


10 To Watch Criteria:
Nominee can be an initiative, program, government, investment, partnership, economic development corporation or entrepreneur that demonstrate direct business benefits to Indigenous businesses or communities.


Letters of nomination, and completion of the online form are due March 1, 2022. 


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Indigenous Funding Programs

Here are some opportunities to check out:

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada funding for Impact Assessment’s Conference Inclusiveness Bursary (CIB) program

Funding is available to support in-person participation by Indigenous Peoples of Canada in the IAIA’s annual conference from May 4-7, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Funding applications are due by March 7, 2022. For more information on the Conference Inclusiveness Bursary, including what expenses it may cover and how to apply, please visit IAIA Conference Inclusiveness Bursary Program.


The theme of IAIA22 isConfidence in Impact Assessment: Policies, partnerships, and public involvement.” Over 1,000 delegates from 80+ countries are expected to participate in IAIA22, both in person and virtually. It is the only international, interdisciplinary educational conference dedicated to advancing the art and science of impact assessment. For more information about why you may want to attend IAIA22, click here.

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Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects (ICCE) Call for Cumulative Effects Proposals in Indigenous Communities
The Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects (ICCE) is calling for proposals from Indigenous communities who are engaged in cumulative effects assessment, management or monitoring projects regarding environmental, cultural, social, or health impact on their land, water or air now and in the future. Projects and baseline studies that help build and enhance the scientific and technical capacity of Indigenous communities for cumulative effects management, monitoring and assessment in their territories are eligible. * Please note that ICCE is looking for short-term one-year Community Funding Proposals. The level of funding for each project will be determined on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of $175,000.00. Applications due by midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time) February 21, 2022.

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Opportunities Round-up: 

In The News 


Researchers in B.C. could help save one of the world's most complex Indigenous languages|Global News

Sara Child and Caroline Running Wolf are working to preserve Kwak’wala, an endangered language spoken on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland coast of the province.

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Planning underway for Indigenous summer games in the N.W.T. this summer| CBC

After a steady stream of COVID-19 related cancellations, Aboriginal Sport Circle NWT is gearing up for its first Indigenous Summer Games, in person, this summer in Yellowknife.

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Mikisew Cree celebrate expansion of Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park| CBC

'It makes me feel good that I leave [the park] as the chief of today for the future generations'

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SVS eBooks for Download: Collect them all!

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

  • Harnessing the Power of Maps
  • 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 Laura Sayers



Introducing one of our newest team members, Laura Sayers who joins SVS as a Senior Consultant. Laura strives to support clients with collaborative land stewardship practices, responsible development, and informed decision-making. She values the importance of community-led initiatives, communication, and relationship building. She believes in the concept of “stewardship of the lands for future generations.” This idea motivates her work.  


Meet Laura 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.


SVS's Language Monday 



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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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