Welcome to Shared Value Solution's funding and news digest. We hope it finds you well.
What a wonderful month filled with learning, sharing, and celebration. Check out our SVS news section to see what we got up to in honour of National Indigenous History Month!
In this issue, we share the next date in our ongoing Indigenous Data Sovereignty Webinar Series. The first webinar, "Who Owns the Map," is sold out, but, we will be sharing highlights in our upcoming issues of The Talon and through our social platforms. The next webinar, "Demystifying Data Sovereignty: Tools and Technologies," will be held on July 27, 2023. Stay tuned for registration details!
We have included news of the upcoming Lands Managers Gathering in September and as always, have highlighted some exciting new funding opportunities including the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR)—the deadline to apply is July 14, 2023!
Read on for employment opportunities with the amazing SVS team and our monthly fun news!
SVS Indigenous Data Sovereignty Webinar—SOLD OUT!
The first webinar in the Indigenous Data Sovereignty Webinar Series will explore the intersection of Indigenous data sovereignty and geospatial data. Attendees will learn about the importance of Indigenous data governance and self-determination in the context of geospatial data, and how Indigenous Peoples are using geospatial data to advance their own priorities and goals. The featured speakers are experts in the field of Indigenous data sovereignty, and will provide attendees with practical knowledge and resources to implement in their own work.
Keep your eyes out for video clips from what is promising to be a very informative webinar!
The next webinar in the series, "Demystifying Data Sovereignty Tools and Technologies" happens on July 27. Stay tuned for sign-up info!
12th National Land Managers Gathering
Register now! Mark your Calendars!
NALMA is calling all land managers to Winnipeg, Manitoba, on September 26-28 2023, for our 12th National Lands Managers Gathering.
Networking, learning, and celebrating First Nation successes.
Indigenous Funding Programs
NATION-WIDE HIGHLIGHTED PROGRAMS
Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk—the deadline to apply is July 14, 2023
The Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR) aims to support the recovery and protection of aquatic species at risk. The fund supports multi-species, place-based and threat-based stewardship actions that recover and protect aquatic species at risk.
Renewed funding of up to $40 million over three years for CNFASAR will allow additional projects to be funded. The fund is now accepting proposals for projects that support the conservation of biodiversity across Canada through collaboration and partnership to recover aquatic species at risk, including projects that work to protect at-risk marine species from fishing interactions and physical and acoustic disturbances.
Detailed information on CNFASAR objectives, priorities, proposal selection criteria, etc., can be found here.
The Indigenous Intellectual Property Program Grant—deadline to apply is August 8
The Indigenous Intellectual Property (IP) Program grant is designed to support increased engagement in the IP system by Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The grant funds eligible Indigenous organizations to support participation in World Intellectual Property Organization sessions, small-scale initiatives and projects related to intellectual property, Indigenous Knowledge, and Indigenous Cultural Expressions
The IIPP grant is administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
For more info and to apply, follow the link: https://ised-isde.canada.ca/site/intellectual-property-strategy/en/indigenous-intellectual-property-program-grant
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Fund—apply until August 31
The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Fund supports projects and partnerships that will help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.
This fund provides $8.75 million over 5 years to create such partnerships.
Priority will be given to projects to focus on:
- Improving relationships with provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, and key stakeholders
- Involving multiple partners
- Providing Canadians with tools to take action on aquatic invasive species
- Monitoring and prevention of aquatic invasive species
Click here for more info: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/ais-eae/funding-financement/index-eng.html
First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program—deadline to apply is October 21, 2023
Indigenous Services Canada provides funding through the FNECP to help First Nations communities improve their health. The program supports these communities in identifying, investigating, and characterizing the impact of exposure to environmental hazards. Its activities include community-based:
- Risk assessment
- Risk communication
- Knowledge integration
Click here to learn more about this funding.
Hudson's Bay Foundation and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Announce the Opening of Applications for Oshki Wupoowane | The Blanket Fund
Through two grant streams, The Blanket Fund will provide support for Indigenous cultural, artistic, and educational activities. Indigenous People, as well as Indigenous-led initiatives and organizations in Canada, are eligible. More information here.
Indigenous Forestry Initiative
WWF-Canada Announces New Fund for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas
The WWF will fund grants and contracts between $50,000 to $150,000 per year for up to three years to support Indigenous communities and organizations as they consider, establish, or maintain IPCAs.
IPCAs are defined and managed by Indigenous communities, and stewarded through Indigenous laws and knowledge systems. In the wake of the COP15 United Nations biodiversity summit, support for IPCAs will be increasingly important, as countries strive to protect 30 percent of the planet while upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
For more information, contact:
- Rebecca Spring, senior communications manager: email@example.com
- Tina Knezevic, communications specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laurence Cayer-Desrosiers, manager, communications (French language inquiries): email@example.com
NORTHERN CANADA FUNDING:
Canadian Internet Registration Authority Grant for Infrastructure, Online Safety, and Policy Engagement
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) grants fund community-led internet projects to build a resilient, trusted, and secure internet for all Canadians. CIRA aims to increase the number of Canadians who have access to a high-quality and high-performing internet. Through grants, CIRA funds community-led connectivity research, network planning, and solutions. Infrastructure solutions that CIRA will consider funding with grants must be community-led and community-owned, contributing to long-term community development.
More information here.
Government of the Northwest Territories Waives Change of Name Fee for Indigenous Residents of the NWT
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced today that it will waive the change of name fee for Indigenous residents of the NWT on an ongoing basis. Waiving the change of name for residential school survivors and their families advances the GNWT’s commitment to improve the lives of Indigenous residents and help further the cause of reconciliation.
More info here.
WESTERN CANADA FUNDING:
Indigenous Cannabis Business Fund
The Indigenous Cannabis Business Fund provides non-repayable funding contributions to First Nation communities and businesses and Indigenous entrepreneurs in British Columbia that want to participate in and receive supports to advance economic development opportunities in the federally (production, distribution, and retail) and provincially (non-medical retail sales) regulated cannabis sector. More information here.
EASTERN CANADA FUNDING
Participant Funding: Mont Sorcier Mining Project, due by June 30, 2023
The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is making funding available to help the public and Indigenous Peoples participate in the federal impact assessment process for the Mont Sorcier Mining Project. The project, proposed by Voyager Metals, is a new open-pit iron and vanadium mine located in Eeyou Istchee James Bay, in Quebec.
More information here.
Indigenous Services Canada Supporting First Nations Recovery From Hurricane Fiona as Part of Federal Government Response
Four million dollars has been made immediately available through the Emergency Management Assistance Program to address recovery efforts and various needs and expenses identified by First Nations communities. Read more.
Manitoba Government Provides Funding to Protect Fish and Wildlife
The Manitoba government is helping protect the province’s natural resources by awarding over $1 million in funding for 35 fish and wildlife improvement projects from the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund, Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt announced.
City of Toronto Announces New Indigenous Climate Action Grants
The City of Toronto will award grants of up to $20,000 to Indigenous communities for projects and initiatives that address the climate emergency and protect the environment.
Applications will be processed in two batches. The first deadline is July 15 and the final deadline for the 2023 grants is September 15. More information about the Indigenous Climate Action grants and how to nominate someone for the application review committee is available on the city of Toronto's website.
- The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) announced today that it will waive the change of name fee for Indigenous residents of the NWT on an ongoing basis. Waiving the change of name for residential school survivors and their families advances the GNWT’s commitment to improve the lives of Indigenous residents and help further the cause of reconciliation. More info here.
The 4th National Indigenous Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum
The Fourth National Indigenous Fisheries & Aquaculture Forum (NAFF IV) happens in Nanaimo, BC, from October 16 to 19, 2023. Influential leaders across Indigenous fisheries and aquaculture, industry, and government will be present across this multi-day event highlighting innovation in industry, emerging markets, government programming, the evolution of aquaculture, and more. More information here.
Grants available for Emergency Response and Recovery for small Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs in Central Interior BC. The program provides 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 floods. Applications will be accepted until the BC Emergent Response and Recovery Grant fund is fully allocated.
The Ontario Biodiversity Council is renewing its Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy and is seeking public input. More information here.
- Micro-Loan Fund Available for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs
The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and participating Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) are pleased to announce the establishment of a new $5-million Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund.
AFIs across the country are now delivering the Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund on behalf of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women entrepreneurs from across the country are now able to access loans up to $50,000 to start or grow their business.
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.
- Assistance to be Offered to Residents of Mud Lake for Relocation
Assistance is being extended as a result of previous and potential flooding events which have been an ongoing concern for some residents. The decision to relocate or remain in the community will be up to each household. The amount of financial assistance payable to permanent residential property owners will be determined by the number of permanent residents living in the household. Residents who wish to discuss relocation assistance can contact Jacob Kimball, Manager of Legislation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 709-729-5473 for further information.
- The Southern Chiefs' Organization Launches New Survey Seeking Citizen Input on Reforming Justice System
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) has launched a new online survey with the goal of seeking input that will assist the SCO in advocating for the creation of an effective, equitable, and safe justice system from a First Nations perspective. The survey is the latest tool, part of SCO’s overall First Nations Justice Strategy, which includes a focus on restorative justice. SCO’s Restorative Justice Program serves several First Nations and has dedicated Community Justice Workers in six communities—Bloodvein, Long Plain, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi, Pinaymootang, Sagkeeng, and Sandy Bay First Nations. The program also serves Brokenhead, Dakota Tipi, Dauphin River, Ebb and Flow, Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin, Little Saskatchewan, Skownan, and beyond.
You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCO-IJS
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters Canadian District Receives $37 Million to Support Employers Hiring First-Year Apprentices
This program will fund assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to hire new, first-year apprentices in the skilled trades and provide extra support for employers to assist apprentices from equity deserving groups.
Apprenticeships offer a great way to get the hands-on work experience needed to pursue a career in the skilled trades, and small business plays a fundamental role in Canada’s apprenticeship system.
Many SMEs do not have the resources to offer apprenticeship training opportunities. In an effort to change this situation, Rowe and the UBC Canadian District have launched a two-year, $37-million program funded by the government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service to provide support to SMEs in Canadian construction and manufacturing “Red Seal” trades to help them to hire new, first-year apprentices needing a leg-up to begin lucrative careers in the well-respected skilled trades.
In addition to financial supports, the program provides assistance to help employers navigate the apprenticeship system, onboard new apprentices, and set up the appropriate workplace training via a digital toolkit that can be found on their website at ubc-asp.ca.
- The Southern Chiefs' Organization Launches New Survey Seeking Citizen Input on Reforming Justice System
Junior Lands Coordinator, Lands and Planning
- At least 2 years’ work experience in a lands position as a planner, lands clerk, or lands coordinator, preferably with an Indigenous community
- Bachelor’s Degree in planning, geography, environmental studies, or a similar field or, alternatively, an equivalent combination of work experience and learning in an Indigenous community
If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you! Click here to learn more and apply for this position.
What a fun month of celebrating and learning. See below for some photos of how SVS recognized National Indigenous History Month. We attended local events, watched, learned, and discussed the video series Home on Native Land and also participated in a beading workshop with Indigenous artist Susan Heavens!
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