The Talon: SVS's funding and news digest


It's #PDAC Time!

Welcome to Shared Value Solutions' biweekly funding and news digest! If you are new here, read on for

  • A scan of Indigenous funding programs
Stories of prosperity, jurisdiction and stewardship in action
  • Recent SVS blogs, highlighting cutting-edge approaches to impact benefit agreements and more
  • Updates from the Reconciliation Circle

This edition features the full blog series that we've put out in the lead up to the 2020 PDAC conference being held March 1-4 in Toronto, ON.


If you are a long-time reader of our old Eagle Eye Digest, thank you for sticking with us! We hope you like our new look. All comments and requests for content are welcome! We write this for you, our readers - so let us know what you want to hear about.


Indigenous Funding Programs

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission - Notice of Public Hearing and Participant Funding

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold a public hearing on June 17 and 18, 2020 to consider an application from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited (CNL) to amend its waste facility decommissioning licence for the Douglas Point Waste Facility (DPWF).

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News Digest 

Wood bison returning to northern Alberta First Nation for first time in more than 100 years 

Lawrence Lamouche, traditional land manager for woodland Cree First Nation, said bison traditionally lived in the region but haven't been there for more than a century.

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Once proposed for a ski resort, B.C.'s Jumbo Glacier to become Indigenous Protected Area


After decades of controversy that reached all the way to the Supreme Court, the Jumbo glacier in British Columbia's central Purcell Mountains is to be handed over to the Ktunaxa First Nation to manage as an Indigenous Protected Area.

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Impact of gold mine contamination in N.S. understudied, research finds

Accumulation of arsenic, mercury in living things has only been studied at a fraction of historical sites.

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B.C. partners with First Nations to create new park in habitat for endangered caribou herds, threatened species

A new deal signed by the federal and provincial governments and West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations will see the creation of a new Indigenous Guardians program that will monitor six at-risk caribou herds in the Peace region, which is ground zero for resource development in the province. 

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SVS's Latest Blogs

#PDAC2020: SVS Hosting Two Sessions this Year - PLUS #PDAC Blog Series: Sharing Business Success Stories

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) annual convention is around the corner from March 1st to March 4th in Toronto. See what SVS will be up to - and if you can't make the convention, read our PDAC Blog Series: Sharing Business Success Stories.

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#PDAC Business Success Profiles: Pawgwasheeng Economic Development Corporation

The number of successful, thriving Indigenous businesses that got their start connected to the resource sector is growing at an exciting rate. In the lead-up to the March 1-4th PDAC conference in Toronto, we are profiling each of these businesses in a  blog series. Guest authors from each business have graciously shared their company stories. Today’s feature is the Pawgwasheeng Economic Development Corporation.

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#PDAC Business Success Profiles: Des Nedhe Development

Here is the second instalment in the series on successful, thriving Indigenous businesses that got their start connected to the resource sector. This post features Des Nedhe Development.

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#PDAC Business Success Profiles: Moccasin Trails 

The third instalment in the series on successful, thriving Indigenous businesses that got their start connected to the resource sector features Moccasin Trails. 

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#PDAC Business Success Profiles: Supercom Industries 

Up next in the series on successful, thriving, Indigenous businesses that got their start connected to the resource sector is Supercom Industries. 

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#PDAC Business Success Profiles: BlackRock Metals and Ouje-Bougoumou Cree Nation

The final blog in our series is the inspiring story of a mining producer and the First Nation they have recently struck a novel agreement: BlackRock Metals and Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation.

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Reconciliation Circle Update SVS_Illustration_RGB_Nest

Over a year ago, a group of Indigenous employees came together to create the Reconciliation Circle at SVS. Our group has grown to include both Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees. Valuing the diversity of our team and striving for inclusion, for all employees, is at the root of why we do what we do.


Here's what we've been up to:

  • One of our members attended a talk by Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall who was speaking on Two-Eyed Seeing at the Guelph Humber Campus on Feb 18, 2020.  We had a huddle at SVS on Two-Eyed seeing based on the talk. 
  • Two members met with the Guelph Indigenous Healing and Wellness program to look at joining our teams together to speak about ways in which we can align in our reconciliatory efforts in Guelph.
  • Several SVS staff members attended a webinar on Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics, and Methods, hosted by Michael Todd and Janet Salmons. The important take-aways from this webinar will be summarized in an upcoming blog post!

Over the coming issues of The Talon, we'll be updating you with stories from the Reconciliation Circle - what we're up to, what we're talking about. Please share any ideas you might have for what we could get up to!


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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. 



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