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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 third post in our new blog series on Environmental Monitoring:

Four Creative Ways to Fund Your Environmental Monitoring Campaign. Watch for posts on environmental monitoring programs we've helped support to inspire you as you make your own plans. In our News section, we highlight the special connection between Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the Ukrainian community - through the beautiful and cherished Kokum scarves. We join everyone in showing our support and in keeping Ukraine in our thoughts.  Be sure to also meet our newest team member and check out our latest Language Monday word. 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 In Our Environmental Monitoring Series



Welcome to the third post in our blog series on environmental monitoring. Our last post addressed the core questions to ask as you plan your project: Five Key Questions to Plan a Community-led Environmental Monitoring ProgramOne of the most pressing is the question of how to fund your program, which is the focus of this post.


The good news is that more funding is available for Indigenous-led environmental projects than ever before. On top of that, the list of funding sources has become much more diverse.


As you read through the options described below, open your mind to all of the options and let your creative thinking flow. There’s likely a way to make it happen.


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In Our Blog

Jasmine Labelle, Ecologist and our #WCW



Meet Jasmine Labelle: An environmental scientist with Métis and Quebecois heritage. She’s our February #wcw (Women Crush Wednesday), but she is so much more!


Her love of the lands and waters, and passion for the environment, brought her to the field of ecology


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Special Events


Your Safety is Priority at FNMPC’s 5th Annual IEE: Towards Net Zero by 2050 Conference

Response to the February 16 B.C. COIVD-19 restrictions lift


As delegates are quick to register to be part of the FNMPC’s Towards Net Zero by 2050 Conference agenda discussions, FNMPC continues to keep your health and safety top of mind. Given the recent restriction lifts declared by the provincial health officer, delegates are able to gather at full capacity with having proof of full vaccination and upholding the mask mandate throughout numerous networking opportunities.


Delegates can find details around the conference’s COVID-19 policy document at or follow FNMPC on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook with the latest updates and announcements.


Explore the Net Zero by 2050 agenda:
Register today at



Indigenous Funding Programs

Here are some opportunities to check out:

Alberta Climate Resilience Capacity Building Program funding for Alberta Indigenous Communities 

The Government of Alberta is providing up to $80,000 per project and up to $160,000 per community to Indigenous communities and municipalities for one-year projects under the Climate Resilience Capacity Building Program. The Indigenous Climate Resilience Stream supports initiatives to increase a community’s capacity for climate resilience planning, recognizing the unique impacts, needs, and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples, including the use of Indigenous and/or Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The approval and allocation of eligible finds will occur on a first-come, first-serve basis. Deadline is March 31, 2023

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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.



Opportunities Round-up: 
    • Trapline Policy in Ontario: Comment Period. Ontario has released changes to its policy proposal for province’s trapline policy based on consultations. Ontario is receiving comments on the policy between February 18th 2022 and April 19 2022.
    • First Nation Information Governance Centre. Call for proposals for a National Outcome-Based Framework Governance Research Paper. The National Outcome-Based Framework is intended to be a key mechanism of mutual accountability by measuring progress in closing the socio-economic gaps between First Nations and non-Indigenous Canadians. Deadline: March 9, 2022.
    • Low Carbon Economy Fund. The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF). It leverages Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plans by providing approximately $200 million to a wide range of recipients, for projects between $1-25 million. To be considered eligible, a project and its activities must result in reductions in GHG emissions from sources controlled by the applicant and/or project partners in a way that moves beyond existing regulations and standards. Reductions are to occur by 2030 and over the lifetime of the project. Deadline: March 25th, 2022.
    • Creating, Knowing, and Sharing – Short Term Projects. The Short-Term Projects component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis professional and aspiring artists, cultural carriers, arts/cultural professionals, groups, collectives and arts/culture organizations. Grants provide support for any combination of eligible Creating, Knowing and Sharing activities for projects lasting up to 12 months. This funding provides up to $100,000 of support. Deadline: March 16 2022.

In The News 


Indigenous people show support for the people of Ukraine with kookum scarves|APTN

Indigenous people are showing their support for the people of Ukraine with kookum scarves, known in Ukraine as hustka. The scarves that were originally gifted from Ukrainian people have become iconic in many Indigenous nations across the Prairies.

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How wearing a Kokum scarf is supporting Ukraine| CBC

Anishinaabe woman Heidi Manitowabi says wearing scarf gives her a sense of pride

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From perogies to politics, Ukrainians have made an indelible mark on Manitoba's identity| CBC

Early Ukrainian immigrants to Manitoba brought many of their cultural traditions with them, including music and clothes.

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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 Ram Mohan



Introducing one of our newest team members, Ram Mohan, who joins SVS as an IT Administrator. Ram understands that providing IT support begins with a clear understanding of the work environment. He focuses on effective communication and collaboration and uses the knowledge he has gathered to create complex technological solutions to problems. His role is crucial to SVS’s efficiency in supporting our team’s IT strategy that encourages growth while allowing everyone to work effectively.


Meet Ram here


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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