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


In this issue, we bring you more blogs from our Lands and Consultation Department eBook series. This month's #womencrushwednesday article features the amazing Gina Wesley, Director of Economic Development and Commercial Operations for Lac Seul First Nation.  As always, 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

Focusing on What Matters: How to Screen and Prioritize Requests




In the third post in our informative Lands and Consultation Department Development series, we talk about how to screen and prioritize requests!


“Looking back on it, you don’t know what you’re missing because you don’t know what the opportunities are. That’s one of the challenges I think for any First Nation. You don’t know what you’re missing. And if you don’t have the right system, and the right experts, it will never be brought to your attention.” – Boyd Clark, Acting Band Manager, Acho Dene Koe First Nation

Read more about how to tackle this most daunting issue with some examples of typical workflows, decision tools, and data management suggestions. Building a screening and prioritizing or “triage” system is the key to helping you dig your way out from under the pile of referrals. Good processes will help you become a more efficient and responsive Lands Department that has time and energy to focus on what matters most!


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Funding your Lands and Consultation Department for Long Term Success



Our fourth blog post in the series talks about the important topic of funding!


Having an effective Lands and Consultation Department can mean the difference between seizing economic opportunities or watching them pass you by, and between protecting your Nation’s lands or watching them be further taken up and impacted.  

But when it comes to funding your Lands and Consultation Department, there is no easy path, no one-size-fits-all solution. The challenge of sustainable funding is real—and comes with a range of problems including attracting talent. Let’s face it, who wants to take a job that may not be there when the funding runs out? The good news, though: there are solutions! We’ve seen them in action, and we’re sharing them with you in our current blog post!

We also share a list of national- and provincial-level funding sources to explore. These potential sources of starter funding can get your department on its feet and on its way to funding itself—or can kick in some funds to support your team’s growth and development. 


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The above posts are included in our exciting new eBook - Built to Last A Lands and Consultation Department Guidebook. Download the full eBook below!


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Special Announcement


The Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects (ICCE) is continuing the National Needs Assessment and the next phase is the Regional Dialogue sessions!

Are you interested in participating? Fill out our survey of interest! Please note, spots are limited. Compensation for travel will be available:


What is the National Needs Assessment?

The objectives of the Needs Assessment are to:

  • Support Indigenous communities nation-wide in understanding and addressing cumulative effects within their jurisdictions and territories; and,  
  • Improve the ability of ICCE to provide tools and supports to help address the needs of Indigenous communities nation-wide as it relates to cumulative effects considerations.  


What are the Regional Dialogue sessions?

  • The Regional Dialogue sessions are the second phase of the Needs Assessment.
  • The goal of the Regional Dialogue sessions are to bring together Indigenous communities and organizations to discuss cumulative effects and the supports they need to address them.
  • The sessions will take place in person, in locations across the country.


Indigenous Funding Programs

Here are some opportunities to check out:

Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program - south of 60

The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) is now accepting Expression of Interest applications from First Nations:

  • Who: First Nation band councils, tribal councils and associations, and governments of self-governing First Nation communities in Canada are eligible to apply.
  • What: The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program at CIRNAC is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for community-based climate monitoring projects:
    • The program has $2.3 million in funding available for April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 for First Nations projects and $2.6 million in subsequent years.
    • We anticipate funding approximately 20 First Nations projects per year.
    • Applicants can apply for up to three years of funding.
    • There are two streams of funding, “Emerging” and “Experienced”, so that applicants with a range of experience levels have the opportunity to receive funding.
  • When: Applications are for projects that would begin in the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022). The deadline to apply is Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

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10-Year Grant Eligibility Pathways | First Nations Financial Management Board 
 This grant aims to provide First Nations with more flexible and predictable funding, as well as a reduce amount of reporting. 


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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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Manitoba Community Festivals and Events Program


The Community Festivals and Events program provides rural and northern communities with operating grants towards organizing a festival that takes place over a minimum of two days. These festivals must be recognized as the community’s signature annual event and promote the understanding, awareness and appreciation of their heritage, culture and identity. The program supports events that encourage youth participation and leadership; reflect, celebrate, and profile the unique character of the community; foster a sense of identity and pride; and contribute to local tourism and economic activity.


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Opportunities Round-up: 
    •  Grants available for Emergency Response and Recovery for small Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs in Central Interior BC. The program is to provide a monetary contribution to assist clients, Indigenous owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and First Nation Communities who have experienced business disruption and financial loss due to the 2021 BC Floods. Applications will be accepted until the BC Emergent Response and Recovery Grant fund is fully allocated.

    • AB government grant call for Indigenous businesses. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $500,000 in capital funding for ventures that improve socio-economic outcomes for their communities. ABIF supports projects that increase employment opportunities and local revenue streams for Indigenous communities. Communities must own and control 51 per cent or more of the proposed business or joint venture to be eligible. Eligible projects should be close to starting operations or breaking ground within the fiscal year following funding.

      The closing date for applications is September 30.

    • Indigenous Services Canada's First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program (FNECP) is helping First Nations improve their health and wellbeing by supporting their capacity to identify, investigate and characterize the potential impact of exposure to environmental hazards on their health and environment through community-based research, monitoring, risk assessment and risk communication.

      Proposals must be submitted by October 21, 2022

    • CRTC Public Consultation – Telecommunications in the NorthThe CRTC is seeking public comment from stakeholders in Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, communities in northern British Columbia, and Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta, regarding possible improvements to connectivity. The CRTC is welcoming comment until October 6th 2022.

    • Clean energy in Indigenous, rural and remote communities. Environment and Climate Change Canada has announced an additional $300 million for clean energy projects. This funding supports projects that help advance Indigenous-led climate action, support local economic development and create skilled jobs while reducing pollution and improving air quality.  There is no deadline to apply.

    • Pathways to Safe Indigenous Communities. The Government of Canada is providing $103.8 million over 5 years to assist First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities with implementing and developing Indigenous-designed community safety projects. There are several activities eligible for this funding, including initiatives that recognize the importance of traditional knowledge and practices in community safety and well-being.  There is no deadline for this funding.

    • LAST CHANCE!  Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation Scholarship Program – Call for Applications (

      Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation (NTF) will be accepting Scholarship applications from July 18, 2022 to August 31, 2022 for the Post-Secondary Scholarship and the Skills and Employment Advancement Scholarship. 

      NTF Scholarships can be used towards tuition, fees, books, materials and program supplies, travel and accommodation, living expenses, childcare, meals and student debt. 

      $1500 Skill & Employment Advancement: Recipients will be enrolled in a recognized program related to trades/employment skill development that is four weeks in length or longer. This includes pre-trades, G.R.E.A.T and upgrading (A.B.E., P.A.S.S., G.E.D, foundation year). 

      $2500 Post-Secondary Education: Recipients will be enrolled in a recognized college or university program of two years in length or longer for a degree program or a preparatory program that leads to a degree program. 

      The Scholarships Program Policy, Guide and application forms can be picked up from your local Community Liaison Officer or downloaded from our website Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation Programs – Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 

      Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement are eligible to apply. 

      Completed scholarship applications along with required documentation can be submitted by mail, email, fax or in-person to the Program Officer for Tunngavik Foundation in Rankin Inlet.

    • New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from July 29 to August 28, 2022 - ( 

      A new project has been proposed and before proceeding, Parks Canada must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. 

      To help inform this decision, Parks Canada is issuing this notice of intent to make a determination and inviting comments from the public on the project's potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public.

    • Fortis Alberta 610013030 Castle Junction 551L Rebuild - ( 

      A new project has been proposed and before proceeding, Parks Canada must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. 

      To help inform this decision, Parks Canada is issuing this notice of intent to make a determination and inviting comments from the public on the project's potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public.

    • QIA Call for 2022-2023 Scholarship Applications ( Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) has reopened the QIA Scholarship and the John Amagoalik Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

      This year, there are 80 QIA Scholarships available at $2,500 each and 2 John Amagoalik Scholarships available at $5,000 each.  The scholarships will close once all spots are filled.

      Applications are now immediately available; you can find the easy-to-fill online form here:


In The News 

A new mural in the works in Beaumont, Alta. aims to bring the city's people together and highlight the city's Indigenous community.  Part of the Rural Roots Fair, an annual summer event highlighting the city's roots and agriculture hosted by the Beaumont and District Agricultural Society, the mural is a collaborative initiative designed to empower and engage residents of the city.  Read more!


August 9th was International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year's focus was the role of Indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of Traditional Knowledge.
We took the opportunity to acknowledge all the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who have shared their Traditional Knowledge with us in an effort to assert their Rights and interests and preserve their Way of Life.


4 Seasons of Reconciliation is still being offered complimentary on behalf of RBC and is available free for anyone interested until August 31st.

Register now:

In partnership with First Nations University of Canada this course covers themes of: Thriving Indigenous Economies, Racism, Colonialism, Treaties, Indian Act, Metis, Residential Schools, UNDRIP and more


SVS eBooks for Download: Collect them all!

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

  • Protecting What Matters: Environmental Monitoring Ideas Bundle for Indigenous Nations
  • 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

The Ontario First Nations Economic Development Association conference

The SVS team is looking forward to attending the OFNEDA conference starting on August 15th. Come visit us at our booth!


Another inspiring #womencrushwednesday article featuring Gina Wesley from Lac Seul First Nation!



“I've always known the importance of being involved, being active in the community. It stems back from when I was a young girl. Thankfully there were people in our community that included me in youth leadership programs”.  Gina Wesley


Gina Wesley will tell you that her role as Lac Seul First Nation’s Director of Economic Development and Commercial Operations- fell into her lap. But, listen more closely to this mother of three, and you’ll find that her hard work, communication skills, education — and a big helping of inspiration — got her there. This proud member of Lac Seul First Nation moved from one side of the negotiating table, representing a major mining corporation, to the other side, where she now advocates for her community. Her inspiration? Her father and her Nation. Gina is our #wcw for July, click here to hear her whole story!


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.

Reconciliation BINGO

This summer, we urge everyone to join us on the path to reconciliation by attempting to fill this year's edition of Reconciliation BINGO.



Check off another square on your Reconciliation Bingo card by checking out these great recommendations from our SVS staff!  Today we're focusing on podcasts and books to keep you entertained and enlightened this summer.


From Laura:

Unreconciled by Jesse Wente


From Jessica:

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

The Reconciliation Manifesto, Arthur Manuel & Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson


From Noelle:

Five Little Indians, Michelle Good


From Shazad:

Taken the Podcast,

This Place, CBC Podcasts


From Jess:


Telling Our Twisted Histories – CBC Podcast hosted by Kaniehti:io

The Secret Life of Canada – CBC Podcast cohosted by Falen Johnson and Leah-Simone Bowen

Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Gathering Moss – Robin Wall Kimmerer
Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
Ceremony – Leslie Marmon Silko


25 books that highlight the beauty of Indigenous literature:

Check out this list curated by Tłı̨chǫ Dene writer Richard Van Camp


Happy reading and listening everyone! 


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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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