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


In this edition, we share the latest post in our environmental monitoring blog series: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: What You Need to Know. We also share a special announcement about an upcoming webinar on a climate change funding opportunity in Alberta. 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

Upcoming Webinar on Climate Change Funding in Alberta 


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Do you have any climate change related projects that need more funding or climate change projects you are looking to get off the ground? There is new funding available through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Climate Resilience Capacity Building Program in Alberta, which may be able to help meet your needs.

Shared Value Solutions, in partnership with Morrison Hershfield and Nodelcorp, have been pre-qualified as contractors for this program, to help expedite the application process and we would love to help you!

We are partnering with Morrison Hershfield to host a webinar with an overview of the Capacity Building Program and the solutions that communities can develop to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. We will also explore the funding application process, how to enhance climate literacy, undertake climate-risk assessments, and create climate adaptation plans.


Wednesday, April 20 @ 12:00 MST





In Our Blog


Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas: What You Need to Know



If you've been following our Environmental Monitoring blog series, you've hopefully been inspired by all the ways environmental monitoring can benefit your community. One benefit of having baseline data from environmental monitoring that you may not have thought about is for the establishment of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) to further your Nation's conservation and stewardship goals.


We decided to write this blog to contribute to the already vibrant conversations about Indigenous-led conservation by adding our own experiences supporting our clients’ IPCA projects. We’ve also had a go at summarizing the whole conversation and pointing you to the resources we’ve found useful in our work. We are big fans of our friends at the Indigenous Leadership Initiative who are doing fabulous work in this space. Please visit their site for a rich selection of videos and other useful resources.


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Special Events


Take action on defining North America’s path to a net zero future.

The FNMPC 5th Annual IEE: Towards Net Zero by 2050

Taking place April 25th & 26th, at the Westin Bayshore, Coast Salish Territory


Can future #netzero projects in the United States and Canada achieve environmental and social success, as well as prosperity without trading one problem the other?


Network, experience, and innovate at the FNMPC: Towards Net Zero by 2050 conference highlighting carbon reducing solutions that are either Indigenous-led or have strong potential for industry-government-Indigenous partnership.


Join leaders across North America representing the #EV battery mineral supply chain; Indigenous sustainable #finance; innovation in #policy & legislation to achieve 2050 targets and; clean #energytransition in building a just, sustainable energy future.


Exclusive keynote addresses by:

  • Jennifer M. Granholm, Secretary, US Department of Energy
  • Mark Cutifani, CEO, Anglo American
  • Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister, Natural Resource Canada
  • Honourable Catherina McKenna, Founder and Principal, Climate and Nature Solutions

Register today at: with an exclusive 10% discount code: #fnmpc10

Limited Availability.



Indigenous Funding Programs

Here are some opportunities to check out:

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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Opportunities Round-up: 

    • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. The Government of Canada has invested $70 million dollars through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to support local economies. There are several activities eligible for funding, with preference given to projects that support clean technology and the green transition, foster inclusive business practices, preserve Canadian competitiveness, and capacity building. Indigenous-led organizations and/or businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Rolling deadline.

    • The Rediscover Main Streets initiative helps Atlantic Canadian organizations team up to generate new ideas that inspire locals and tourists alike to rediscover all that their main streets, downtowns, and neighborhoods have to offer. Preference will be given to projects scoped between $25,000 to $500,000 and Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply. Deadline is April 29.

    • National Action Plan on Combatting Hate. The Government of Canada has launched consultations regarding a National Action Plan on Combatting Hate. Participants can have their say on this plan by filling out the questionnaire before April 30th, 2022.

    • Natural Resources Canada has launched the Indigenous Seed Collection Program, an initiative that aims to build capacity among Indigenous communities for seed collection. The program, which will be delivered through Natural Resources Canada’s National Tree Seed Centre, will also support the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge into seed collecting, training, and conservation efforts.

    • 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 June 15, 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.

In The News 


First Nation in Abitibi-Témiscamingue seeks independent review of potential mining project|CBC

Long Point First Nation has asked Quebec government for funding to conduct assessment

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Athabasca Tribal Council, AHS partner to create Indigenous health care clinic at health centre| North Bay Nugget

The Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have partnered to create an Indigenous health care clinic at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC). The clinic will help improve access to quality health care of Indigenous people living in the region.

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New legislation to grow Indigenous involvement in Saskatchewan economy| Global News

On April 4, 2022, the Saskatchewan government introduced new legislation to create the Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation (SIIFC) that will support Indigenous participation in the province’s natural resource and value-added agriculture sectors.

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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


SVS News

Meet Cheyanne Mulchinock



Introducing one of our newest team members, Cheyanne Mulchinock, who joins SVS as an Executive Assistant/Office Administrator. Cheyanne’s passion for helping others shines through her work — supporting individuals and organizations to reach their full potential. As an office administrator/executive assistant, she draws on her background in office administration, event planning, volunteer management and IT work to support the CEO, management, and operations teams at SVS.

Meet Cheyanne  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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