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


This week we share a new post in our popular Indigenous Knowledge Matters blog series - a real-life case study that highlights how to gather the Indigenous Knowledge that brings potential project impacts to the forefront of negotiations with a resource development proponent. 


We are also introducing our new SVS Updates section. This week we are featuring the fundraising efforts of our own Mitchell Avis as he rides to support the First Nation Hockey Equipment Drive. Check it out! 


Read on for our usual roundup of interesting new funding opportunities and inspiring stories from across Turtle Island. Stay safe and well, everyone!


Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving 

In a year that looks nothing like it should, we are faced with another reminder of how the world has changed. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. It is also a time to be with loved ones, to gather and share a meal. Or at least it was and hopefully will be again - just not this year. 


In a time where protecting our families and our most vulnerable community members are of the utmost importance, we are also missing our loved ones. Long weekends tend to bring people together but as COVID-19 continues to spread, we need to rethink our plans and to remember that the threat has not yet passed.  If we can use technology and innovation to safely continue with research during a pandemic, safely sharing our love, gratitude, and thanks with our loved ones is possible too!


For the holiday weekend this year, stay home and stay safe. Technology allows us the opportunity to connect with our loved ones from the safety of our homes. Gather through the computer instead of around the table so that we are all able to gather together again in the future. Revive the lost art of the telephone call.  Be creative. Find new ways to connect. 


We would like to offer our thanks and gratitude to you - our clients, friends, and colleagues - for working with us and adapting with us during these challenging times. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!


Maximizing the Negotiation Impact of Indigenous Knowledge  



This week we present the latest blog post in our ongoing series, Indigenous Knowledge Matters. As we make the decisions about education for our children in the face of COVID, we do so with the conviction that learning is worth it.  We value education and the places where learning happens.  So what happens when a big project, like a mine, impacts the places where our children learn? How do we negotiate effectively when culturally important sites will be impacted? This week's post explores how to use Indigenous Knowledge in negotiations. 


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Indigenous Funding Programs

Here are some opportunities to check out:
The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is accepting Expression of Interest applications:
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. It is anticipated that 20 First nations projects will be funded per year. Applicants can apply for up to three years of funding. There are two streams of funding, “Emerging” and “Experienced.” First Nation band councils, tribal councils and associations, and governments of self-governing First Nation communities in Canada are eligible to apply. 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, October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

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Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund 

Any Indigenous-led organization or Indigenous-serving organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency funds ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. The Fund has been accepting applications beginning on June 16th, 2020 and is ongoing. The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund is being developed by Indigenous philanthropic knowledge holders and is being incubated with support from Community Foundations of Canada.

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Indigenous Community Support Fund

The Government of Canada announced that an additional $305 million will be added to the Indigenous Community Support Fund. It will be distributed through a combination of allocations directly to First Nations, Inuit and Métis leadership, and needs-based funding, which will be application driven. Further details will be forthcoming 

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Sport for Social Development Projects Funding 

The Government of Canada is now accepting applications for funding for projects across the country under the Sport for Social Development Projects in Indigenous Communities initiative, with two funding streams available. The Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities initiative is addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action 7, 19 and 38.

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Opportunities Round-up: 
  • The Nuclear Waste Management Organization NWMO released a draft planning framework for the transportation of used nuclear fuel, and are seeking feedback and input on the framework over the coming months. 
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is seeking feedback on its draft policies related to Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) in captivity to further understand stakeholder views and interests. You can submit ideas through the online form or through e-mail. Deadline for input is November 18, 2020.
  • Canada Ontario Resource Development Agreement (CORDA) funding is available for First Nations to conduct a project that promotes natural resource development, management, harvesting or conservation in Ontario. Projects can receive up to $35,000 and applications are due November 18
  • CRE's Centre for Indigenous Policy and Research has launched a second round of Indigenous youth research grants. 
  • The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is seeking input on a proposed list of projects that will be subject to the comprehensive environmental assessment requirements in Part II.3 of the Environmental Assessment Act.
  • The MNRF want to renew the provincial trapline allocation policy to improve consistency and transparency in how registered traplines are allocated to licenses trappers throughout Ontario. Deadline for input is December 16, 2020.
  • DFO is inviting comment on provisions that they could address in a new Aquaculture Act. Deadline for input is January 15, 2021. 
  • The MNRF is asking for comments on the Ogoki Forest Management Plan  including comments on the draft Forest Management Plan and contributions to the background information to be used in planning. Deadline is January 4th, 2021. 
  • The MNRF is asking for comments on their proposed changes to Ontario’s aquaculture licensing  The proposed changes include exempting certain low-risk research facilities culturing fish from requiring an aquaculture license, providing the ability to change licenses and authorizations, and changing the decision-making power about what fish may be cultured from the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Minister. Deadline is November 20, 2020. 

  • The MECP is accepting comments on proposed changes to regulations under the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Water Resources Act to provide exemptions for low-risk, short-term water taking activities. These proposed exemptions allow proponents to undertake certain activities without obtaining a Permit to Take Water or registering on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). Deadline is November 20th, 2020. 
  • The MECP is accepting comments on their proposal to streamline provincial approvals for dam owners by removing the need for certain types of dams to obtain a permit to take water. Deadline is November 20, 2020. 

News Digest 

Indigenous knowledge should inform COVID-19 recovery strategy, say Yukoners in top science journal

'This is a big breakthrough,' says elder and lead author. 

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Anishinaabe woman sends 280 bags of cedar to Little Grand Rapids amid outbreak

'I'm a really strong believer in my traditions. I wanted to help.' says Clementine Keeper.

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Supreme Court of Canada to hear case of 'extinct' First Nation

Case involves the Sinixt First Nation, which has been fighting to reverse the Canadian government's declaration that it is "extinct."

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Indigenous wildfire knowledge to be key part of new Arctic Council project 

"We have a real situation developing up here and it can't just be Canada, the U.S. or Russia going at this problem on their own."

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Indigenous activist Autumn Peltier vows to hold feds accountable for 61 boil water advisories

A new documentary that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival has put a renewed spotlight on an Indigenous clean water advocate known as the "water warrior," Manitoulin Island's Autumn Peltier.

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SVS Ebooks for Download: Collect them all!

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

  • 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
Still Available: Free Emergency Consultation Department Support During COVID-19 from SVS

First Nations are reporting that, even in the midst of a pandemic that has many band offices closed, resource development proponents continue to send referrals to move projects forward. We have ideas on how to support. Get in touch.

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In each issue of The Talon, we bring you stories from SVS. 

This week's focus: First Nation Hockey Equipment Drive 

SVS's own Mitchell Avis will be biking 150km from Kitchener to Owen Sound on Friday, October 9th to raise money for the First Nation Hockey Equipment Drive. This is the 4th year of the equipment drive. Last year, they raised over 500 bags of equipment and 200 sticks to deliver to First Nations across Ontario.  The goal this year is to raise 700 bags of equipment to be delivered in the fall of 2021. How can you help? Spread awareness of the First Nation Hockey Equipment Drive in your circles and/or donate to the drive .


Good luck Mitchell! We're rooting for you! 


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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. 


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