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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 fourth post in our new blog series on Environmental Monitoring:

Five Benefits of Placing Indigenous Knowledge at the Heart of Environmental Monitoring. Watch for posts on environmental monitoring programs we've helped support to inspire you as you make your own plans. 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!

In Our Blog


New Blog In Our Environmental Monitoring Series



Welcome to the fourth post in our blog series on environmental monitoring. Our last post dug deeper into the all important question about funding your program: Four Creative Ways to Fund Your Environmental Monitoring Project. 


With field season just around the corner, we are talking about the benefits of placing your community’s Indigenous Knowledge at the heart of your environmental monitoring plan. For some time, our team has been using the concept of “braiding” Indigenous Knowledge with western science as a way to acknowledge the crucial and defining role that these ways of knowing play in creating effective monitoring programs. While this still holds true, we’ve recently heard a new way of framing this concept that resonates with us even more: instead of just throwing Indigenous Knowledge into the mix of an existing western framework, what if we elevate it to be equal with western science? How would that change the environmental monitoring programs we create – and their impact?


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Celebrating International Women's DayAll2_FB

At SVS, we encounter inspiring women daily, from our staff to our clients, from coast to coast to coast. These women embody the spirit of International Women’s Day through their leadership and the impact they have in their communities.


In our monthly ‘Women Crush Wednesdays’ (#wcw) blog series, we profile women who are at the forefront of their fields, all while balancing home life and the challenges of 21st century politics, environment, and reconciliation.  On this day of recognition, we chose to highlight all of the wonderful women we have featured so far in this series.


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Special Announcement

First Nations Drinking Water Settlement Open for Claims From Communities and Individuals

After a years-long fight for clean drinking water, Indigenous communities and individuals in Canada are a step closer to receiving money from a class-action lawsuit that was settled with the federal government for $8 billion last year. The claims process under the settlement opened up to submissions on Monday. Indigenous communities now have until Dec. 22 to file their claims, while individuals have until March 7, 2023.

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Special Events


Get Involved at FNMPC’s Towards Net Zero by 2050 Conference

Be part of the largest conference on Indigenous leadership in the energy transition space


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:
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Indigenous Funding Programs

Here are some opportunities to check out:

Commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022 Call for Proposals 

The Department of Canadian Heritage has issued a call for proposals for commemoration activities related to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022. The government is providing up to $10,000 of funding for activities such as education initiatives, intergenerational knowledge transfer, community events to raise awareness and or honor survivors and victims. Deadline is April 11, 2022.

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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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Opportunities Round-up: 
    • 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 is Dune 15, 2022.
    • 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.
    • Indigenous Forestry Initiative. The Indigenous Forestry Initiative provides support for Indigenous led economic development projects related to forestry management and stewardship. The aim of the fund is to increase Indigenous participation in opportunities surrounding the forestry sector. Rolling intake, funding available through to 2023.
    • The Indigenous Climate Change Monitoring Toolkit. A group of Indigenous co-authors have created an online climate change monitoring toolkit to support all your monitoring needs. The toolkit includes a step-by-step guide to community-led climate change monitoring.
    • CBC New Indigenous VoicesInterested in building skills related to digital storytelling in the TV, film, and digital media industry? CBC New Indigenous Voices is a full-time, 14-week online training program for up to 10 Indigenous creators aged 18 to 35. Deadline is April 8, 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.

In The News 


These volunteers hit the ice road to improve food security in northern First Nations communities|CBC

Organizations partnered to bring food from Winnipeg to northern Manitoba, Ontario First Nations

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B.C. Wildlife Act amendments bring Indigenous perspectives into wildlife management| CTV News

The B.C. government has introduced legislation aimed at better integrating Indigenous perspectives and practices into the province's wildlife management system.

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CBC and APTN announce agreement to support Indigenous programming| CBC

Broadcasters say they will increase audience, resources and hiring of First Nations, Métis and Inuit creators

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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 Sara Melo



Introducing one of our newest team members, Sara Melo, who joins SVS as a Client and Sales Coordinator. Sara is a skilled project manager who loves getting to know clients and their needs. She is committed to spending her time and energy supporting Indigenous interests through her work at SVS.


Meet  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.


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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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