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May Newsletter: Tree Planting, Vital Grants Recipients Announced, Education Awards, & More!
Above: Dwayne Martin (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations) and Margaret Morrison (Westcoast Community Resources Society), accept their Vital Grant award at Darwin's Cafe in Tofino on April 20th, on behalf of the partnership project, "Strengthening a Strong Foundation: Kliilth Pi-taap Taaqumths Men’s Group. 
"We acknowledge the traditional territories of Hesquiaht First Nation,
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Toquaht Nation, Ahousaht, and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ
in the spirit of truth, healing, and reconciliation."

If you have recently been in touch with CBT staff recently, you may have noticed that we have included this territorial acknowledgement as part of our email correspondence. The practice of being welcomed and acknowledging the territory is an Indigenous tradition and has long been a part of CBT meetings and events. What is the significance of also making this acknowledgement within our written correspondence? It is a recognition of the Indigenous governance that is exists in our region and the vital connection to the land. It is living the value of iisaak and demonstrates respect. It is starting a conversation in a good way, whether that be with residents in our Biosphere or beyond. And it is a small, but important step on our road to reconciliation. 
If you agree that this is a small, but powerful act I encourage you to join us in this practice. 
                                                                        - Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director 
G7 Tree Planting

This year, the group of G7 countries will be holding their annual summit in the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve east of Quebec City, Quebec. In an effort to mitigate the environmental footprint and carbon emissions of the G7 summit, the Federal Government is providing $325,000 to be invested in various activities, including the planting of 100,000 trees across 14 of Canada’s Biosphere Reserves.

Here in the Clayoquot Sound Unesco Biosphere Region, USS students will be partaking in the tree-planting initiative, planting trees in Barkley Community Forest on May 9th! Click here for the full press release about the G7 Tree Planting initiative.
Vital Grants Recipients Announced

The first group of projects ever to be funded by CBT's new Vital Grants funding stream have been selected. In response to community feedback that "small grants make it difficult to address larger issues" during last year's grant review process, the Vital Grants stream consists of four $20K awards allocated to partnership-oriented projects that bring together the strengths of organizations, cultures, and communities and propose integrated approaches to sustainable development. 

Check out the CBT Blog and Ha-Shilth-Sa for more information about the Vital Grants awards and the recipient projects, partners, and organizations! 

Coming Together Forum

On Thursday, May 31st, the Coastal Family Resource Coalition is hosting the biennial Coming Together Forum. It's a regional forum for service providers, decision makers, and community members to plan on the future of child, youth, senior/elder, and family services on the West Coast. Special events include sessions on:

  • West Coast Health Status and Health Services Utilization Data from Dr. Paul Hasselback, Chief Medical Officer, central Vancouver Island
  • Early Nutrition and "the first 2000 Days"
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Cammunity approaches to alcohol and substance abuse
  • Nuu-Chah-Nulth Language and health

CBT Board Meetings


Upcoming Board Meetings:

Thursday, May 24, 2018
10 am - 4 pm
Area C, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District

Thursday, June 14, 11am - 3pm

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CBT Education Awards

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We're still accepting Education Award applications! Do you know any high potential students or recent graduates? Investing in the people of the Biosphere Region is incredibly important in achieving our mandate as a both UNESCO Biosphere Region and as a Community Foundation. We're excited to offer two education awards each spring:
  • Clayoquot Biosphere Education Award (for eligible students studying within the Biosphere Region), and
  • Central Region Nuu-Chah-Nulth Student Award  (for members of Nuu-Chah-Nulth nations residing within or outside the Biosphere Region).
Submit your application through the online application system until May 15th. Awards are granted based on the recipients' community involvement, education goals and plans, personal reference letters, and academic achievement. 
CBRA Day on the Hill & AGM
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On June 5th, the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association will be hosting its second annual “Day on the Hill.” Last year, over 100 Members of parliament, Senators, and other bureaucrats discovered and/or learned more about the important roles and contributions of Canada’s 18 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves through a non-political event. Check out the CBRA Blog post summarizing the event! We’re looking forward to another successful Day on the Hill in this year, helping Canada’s decision makers better understand what Biosphere Reserves are all about! 

The Day on the Hill will be followed by the CBRA AGM in Ottawa from June 6-8. Check out the Agenda! The AGM will include a Symposium on the upcoming International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019. It will be an opportunity to share success stories of all the exciting Indigenous Language revitalization work going on in the Clayoquot Biosphere region, as well as the challenges faced. More updates to come! 

Other Grant Opportunities

New Relationship Trust Direct Support
Deadline: May 17, 2018
Direct support funding intended to help First Nation communities build capacity in areas they need it most. Grants up to $25K can be awarded per project to individual first nations, and up to $50K per project to groups of up to three First Nations collaborating on a capacity-building initiative. More information: here
Federal Government - Get Youth Working!
Deadline: Ongoing Intake
Connecting BC youth to employment opportunities, this programoffers employers a $2900 Wage Subsidy incentive to hire eligible youth 15-29 years of age. The Get Youth Working! Program funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Apply via the Get Yout Working! website

Federal Government Environmental Funding Programs
Various Deadlines
This year, the government will provide a total of $15 million through seven environmental funding programs to helps Canada address climate change, conserve nature, and protect fresh water. More information on the criteria and how to apply here

Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
Various Deadlines
The program offers funding and learning opportunities designed to enable municipalities to address challenges related to climate change. More info here

Municipal Asset Management Program
Various Deadlines
This new program will offer training and funding to make infrastructure dollars go further for Canadian communities. More info here.

BC Music Fund - Various grants
Various Deadlines
Read about the BC Music Fund and the various grant programs designated to support BC artists/performers, music, events, business development and more!

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