Initiatives and Projects

2011- 2012 MVUAS Project Summaries:

GOAL: To improve access to transitional learning supports for Metro Vancouver urban Aboriginal people that will enhance their ability to achieve their future with skill, confidence and dignity.



Objective: Life Skills - Promote activities that enhance adaptive and positive behaviour which enable individuals to effectively deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life.


Peer Assistant Support & Training
WISH Drop-in Centre Society

Project Amount: $24,600

WISH provides an in-studio program for Aboriginal women involved in the survival sex trade. This program enhances knowledge and skills about everyday life including nutrition, self-care, goal-setting, housing, health, communication and traditional knowledge.

Richmond Aboriginal Life-skills and Leadership for Youth (RALLY)
Richmond Youth Services Agency (RYSA)

Project Amount: $66,370

RALLY promotes youth leadership skill development through a series of workshops, community development activities, involvement in traditional carving workshops, outdoor activities, leadership workshops, individual empowerment and the learning of traditional practices and skills.

Soaring Spirits Healing Program
Helping Spirit Lodge Society

Project Amount: $35,000

This program provides life skill training and cultural supports to Aboriginal women that suffer from physical and psychological abuse. The primary focus of this project is to develop a foundation of self-esteem and confidence in order to prepare participants for entry into educational programs, employment programs or the workforce.

Objective: Staying in School - Promote culturally inclusive learning environments that may include tutoring support, outreach services, and after school programs.


Music, Arts & Culture Program (MAC)
Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)

Project Amount: $111,998

MAC provides culturally inclusive learning for Aboriginal youth through after-school learning opportunities to increase self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-awareness. Youth have access to participation in a variety of activities including art, music, healthy cooking, photography, dance, poetry, and drumming.  Participants receive letters that demonstrate that they have achieved Vancouver School Board requirements for extra-credits.

Aboriginal Retention Project
School District 40 (SD40) – New Westminster

Project Amount: $17,350

SD40 provides after-school programming designed to address the social, emotional, physical and cultural needs of Aboriginal students. The Aboriginal Student Transitions aspect focuses on preparing students for post-secondary education, while the Aboriginal Youth Mentorship program will allow for the development of leadership skills for high school students. SD 40 also hosts an Aboriginal Child & Family Literacy Feast that will provide outreach to parents and promote literacy within the family environment through the distribution of early-learning culturally-based literacy kits.

Mathematics Program for Aboriginal Learners
Native Education College (NEC)

Project Amount: $35,000

This afterschool project provides Aboriginal high school students in East Vancouver with the opportunity to develop foundational mathematics skills. This program has been developed to increase Aboriginal student participation, retention, and graduation rates.

Objective: Developing Experiential Based Work Skills - Provide certified employment training and job placements to Metro Vancouver urban Aboriginal people.



Essential Skills for Aboriginal Learners (ESAF)
Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)

Project Amount: $135,386

ESAF is an employment program that provides participants with customized training to support employment success and retention. Participants are provided with training in foundational skills to increase their employability.

Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)

Project Amount: $177,296

BladeRunners provides certified health and safety training to at risk Aboriginal youth and job placements in the construction industry within Vancouver.  Students learn life skills by participating in family, health and cultural workshops. Participants are also provided with a variety of supports including housing, counselling services, construction equipment, and transportation to assist in the transition into the workforce.

Objective: Traditional Transfer of Knowledge - Provide opportunities for the Aboriginal knowledge keepers to share their wisdom and traditional knowledge with the community.


Intergenerational Urban Aboriginal Landed Learning Project
Vancouver Native Health Society

Project Amount: $87,000

The Intergenerational Urban Aboriginal Landed Learning Program (IUALLP) is designed to help urban Aboriginal youth and Elders develop skills related to growing, harvesting and preparing vegetables from the garden, as well as sharing, trading and preparing traditional Indigenous foods through intergenerational transmission of traditional knowledge related to food and culture. The intergenerational garden serves to create a bridge between Elders and urban Aboriginal youth to revalue their cultural knowledge and relationships while addressing other health, social and learning needs.

Tree of Life: Urban Aboriginal Youth Project
School District 37 - Surrey

Project Amount: $60,000

The Tree of Life after-school program provides educational and cultural supports to Aboriginal high school students in Surrey through experiential based learning opportunities involving local Elders that supports creativity and promotes healthy living, cultural awareness and technological skills development.