40 UP Projects are in progress around BC this year. The Friendship Centres, other urban Aboriginal agencies, and other organizations running UP projects this year are all united in the goal of supporting Aboriginal People in BC.
To learn more about the amazing work being done in BC through UP projects, check out the information provided below including the 2015/16 Final Report, Success Stories, and photos.
Urban Partnership Projects:
Funded through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Urban Partnerships (UP) Project funds support innovation projects with the goal of increasing the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy.
Through three distinct streams of funding (Innovation, Social Enterprise & Youth) UP Projects seek to reduce barriers to whether real or perceived, to urban Aboriginal peoples’ participation in the economy by achieving one or more of the following expected results:
UP is not intended to provide ongoing operational support to organizations, or supplement a shortage of funding under another program or initiative of any level of government, or support an already successful program or initiative, especially as a repetitive delivery offering.
UP Projects Partnerships:
The UP program works to increase urban Aboriginal participation in the economy by providing funding to projects that leverage partnerships and additional investments from other stakeholders, and by achieving one or more of the following expected results:
Urban Partnership initiatives or projects must demonstrate one of more of the following partnership commitments in their project:
Applying for UP Funds
Our current year of UP projects is fully funded and in progress. Please check back for information regarding the next fiscal year projects.
You can also leave your contact details in the form below to be added to a mailing list for UP information.
Providing young Aboriginal artists with opportunities to advance their artistic careers.
"SPARK provides me with a space in which I can come and explore myself through different artistic avenues."
The two great opportunities that I seized were acting class and music sessions. I learned at a rapid pace due to the loving environment that I was surrounded by. Also by all the food that was made for us!
Brilliant! I've never experienced a place like SPARK before, Now that I have, I strongly advocate for more places of the same nature to arise!!!!! Equipping and educating the youth with powerful tools is probably the most intelligent act one can do for their futures, their community and in the end, themselves.
Thanks everyone, Thanks SPARK, Chi'Migwetch!
22 year old Cree, young man, from Inuvik North West TerritoriesRead more
"Just look at me, because of SPARK I now have a full-time summer internship with Bard on the Beach! So cool! I don’t know where it will take me but I’m loving the opportunity to challenge myself and explore."
Exploring and Acknowledging Guidance & Leadership through Employment
One of the youth came into the program homeless. During the program she learned to carve, paint, design and interact with the public. She left the program with her own guardianship, has her own apartment, and is currently working in the community as an artist.
Another youth came into the program unable to continue within the public school system because of diagnosed social anxiety disorder. She left the program and has finished her high school and is currently applying to art schools to further her art career.Read More
The EAGLE project is a 12 week job re-entry program that teaches life skills, pre-employment and job readiness, delivered through traditional carving .
The Initiative is working to link together Municipality of North Cowichan Forest Reserve lands in order to build a scenic forest loop trails on Maple Mountain while helping 31 young people gain skills training, work experience, dual high school/college credits, and life skills and confidence.
The objective of the Story Trails Program is to help young people increase their self-confidence and ignite their own initiative to begin to pedal toward exciting vocational goals. The diversity of skills, learning, social connections, and experiences that students will gain from participating in an intense and involved Initiative team are cross-transferable to diverse future education and employment endeavors. The most important outcomes of an Initiative class will be the student's increased self-confidence, the students learning to trust their community, and each student’s increased motivation to getting on with developing vocational skills.Read More
"Building scenic forest loop trails on Maple Mountain while gaining skills training, work experience, dual high school/college credits, and life skills and confidence."
Wachiay Aboriginal Multimedia (WAMM) project featured on SHAW cable ARTS BEAT.
WAMM provides diverse digital media production services to Aboriginal communities across Canada.
The WAMM multimedia education program is a practice-related endeavor that combines design skills, hands on practical experience and a comprehensive understanding of communication technologies directed to youth in our community. hand in hand we help young people acquire the skill sets necessary to succeed in Canada's emerging multimedia technologies.YouTube
Dynamic, evolving, rewarding and challenging, WAMM immerses students in this ever expanding field. Whether looking to make a career change or just getting one’s feet wet, our goal is to empower youth towards a rewarding and lucrative future.