The Canadian Roots Exchange (CREation) is seeking applications for the Urban Parks Funding Stream to support Indigenous youth-led initiatives and events happening in urban park candidate site communities.
Projects must be based around land-based activities and/or governance-based activities that are directly connected to the candidate sites. Projects must be led by 2+ Indigenous youth (ages 15-29). Youth leaders (grantees) will receive innovative mentorship, training and capacity-building opportunities throughout the project.
CREation is a multi-level funding program that will support strengths-based, community-focused and youth-led projects taking place in communities across Canada. Funding is dispersed through themed streams, which focus on specific funding gaps and needs in communities. Parks Canada is providing support for this stream as a part of a larger initiative to create a network of National Urban Parks.
- Project Focus Areas Funded projects will focus on engaging youth in land-based programming and/or governance activities in one of the urban parks candidate site communities. Below are some possible examples of eligible projects. These examples do not include every type of project that they would fund.
- Running an Indigenous youth-centered consultation around access to land in urban spaces
- Planning of conservation initiatives for urban land
- Hosting land-based programming for Indigenous youth
- Running food sovereignty initiatives in urban park spaces (such as learning traditional medicines, revitalizing traditional food systems, engaging in food sustainability practicies)
- Starting a youth-led stewardship program (such as youth guardian programs)
- Harvesting foods or medicines
- Holding ceremony and teachings on the land
There is a priority in this stream to support:
- Indigenous grassroots groups and collectives.
- Groups that have experience running programming and projects, but are looking to scale to a new level or try something new.
- Projects that have an appropriate scale and scope for the funding provided (i.e. engagement numbers and frequency make sense for the funding requested).
- Projects that are multi-dimensional (i.e. are doing more than just one thing, and are looking to improve wellness overall).
- The Urban Parks Stream will provide small grants of up to $7,500.
Urban Parks Candidate Sites:
- Greater Victoria, BC
- Edmonton region, AB
- Saskatoon region, SK
- Winnipeg, MB
- Windsor, ON
- Halifax, NS
- Montreal, QC
- Funding in this stream will only fund grassroots Indigenous youth groups consisting of a minimum of 2 youth.
- Please note: for the purpose of this program, CRE defines Indigenous as status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada, living both on and off reserve.
- Eligible groups and projects include:
- Unincorporated/grassroots youth groups/collectives/councils comprised primarily of Indigenous youth
- Emerging, incorporated youth groups
- Projects must serve primarily serve Indigenous youth
- Projects must be taking place in one of the urban parks candidate sites
- Ineligible groups and projects:
- Individuals and/or projects that are not led by 2+ Indigenous youth
- Projects that are not youth-led (or where the majority of leadership is 30+)
- Non-Indigenous groups and organizations
- Projects taking place outside of Canada
- For profit corporations
- Project not taking place in one of the communities that has an urban park candidate site
For more information, visit Canadian Roots Exchange.