Welcome to Shared Value Solutions' biweekly funding and news digest. We hope this edition finds you well. Our hearts go out to everyone who is in isolation, or sick, or anxious about what will come next. We hear you and we are with you.
This special edition of the Talon includes a round up of some of the best health and wellness resources we've come across in the past weeks, along with some articles to inspire you and perhaps spark some new and creative ideas.
If you have resources, ideas, wisdom or requests to share, please send them to us and we will push them out through our channels.
Stay safe and well, everyone!
Health and Wellness Resources
There are many resources available that can help communities plan and prepare for not only emerging issues, like COVID-19, but also for other health issues that can impact community well-being.
A guide from
Shawanaga First Nation Covid-19 Community Handbook
Shawanaga First Nation has put out a helpful COVID-19 Community Handbook, full of useful graphic and information suitable for posting. Sharing with permission from the authors.
For Kids: Mighty Bubble, the hand washing hero
Treaty 3 grand chief uses Anishinaabemowin to ease COVID-19 anxieties
Grand chief Francis Kavanaugh of the Grand Council of Treaty #3 is easing anxiety for Elders by speaking to them in Anishinaabemowin about the risks of COVID-19.
Indigenous educators volunteer to teach short K-8 lessons online amid school closures
Indigenous educators are volunteering their time to help educate students online as schools in many provinces and territories are closing in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Tania Larsson-a Gwich'in jeweler based in Yellowknife, Canada-kicked off a series of virtual beading circles last week.
The jingle dance is being performed on social media platforms across Canada and the United States to heal and offer prayer for the world facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indigenous Funding Programs
The Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a micro-finance program open to Indigenous women-owned businesses who may lack access to conventional financing.
Reconciliation Circle Update
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.
In these difficult times, we received some beautiful wisdom from Elder Marilyn Capreol from Shawanaga First Nation:
"If you are ever feeling in a state of panic or anxiety – especially regarding COVID-19 – find a local park or natural area, take a blanket or towel and go visit. Take of your shoes and socks and just stand on the earth to rebalance your system. If it’s cold, let the cold serve as a welcome shock to the system to help yourself come back into balance."
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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- Indigenous Jurisdiction initiatives: joint management agreements and co-management agreements
- Community-based Indigenous environmental monitoring
- Indigenous Land Use Planning
- Participant funding negotiation and application support
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