Coast Funds: Funding Available for Indigenous Guardian Community Visits
October 11, 2018
NATURE UNITED (formerly TNC Canada) is offering funding to visit with other communities to share, learn and be inspired by each other’s Indigenous Guardian work. If your community is building a new Indigenous Guardian program or working on expanding or strengthening an existing program, it makes sense to learn from communities with established programs.
The next funding deadline for Indigenous Guardian community visits is NOVEMBER 30TH!
Get together in-person to exchange knowledge, experiences, ideas, successes and challenges related to Indigenous Guardian programs and to spend time together on the land. In 2015, the Athabasca Chipewyan Nation arranged a learning exchange with the GWA’SALA-‘NAKWAXDA’XW NATIONS.
I can’t speak enough about how generous they were… It was a really unique and mutual exchange.
“I can’t speak enough about how generous they were,” says Bruce Maclean who helped coordinate the trip. “We got direct hands-on compliance monitoring training and went out on a tour of the territory with their Guardian Watchmen to see what they were doing out in the field. They gave us a USB drive of all their policies, programs, budgets, etc. It was really touching to meet with Elders and have a traditional meal. We met with Chief and Council and left mutual invites to stay connected and continue learning from each other. It was a really unique and mutual exchange. It showed our group that they needed to take a deep breath, be more professional, get uniforms, be patient, and recognize it takes time to get there.”
You might be just getting your program started and want to learn from a more established program. Or your program might be taking on specialized monitoring activities and you want to train with another program about using data collection and data management tools. Or perhaps you’ve heard about a community that is involving youth and elders in their Indigenous Guardian work and you want to learn more about how that might work in your community. These are just some of the reasons for organizing an Indigenous Guardian Community Visit. Consider where your Indigenous Guardian program is currently at and think about what you most need at this time and how a Community Visit could be useful.
The community visits are organized by communities themselves, and Nature United (TNC Canada) provides funding to support travel and logistics (up to $5,000 per visit). Reach out to another community that you would like to visit and come up with some ideas of what you’d like to focus on. Community Visits can occur any time between January and December 2019.
There are two application deadlines:
- November 30, 2018 for Community Visits scheduled between January-June 2019
- May 31, 2019 for Community Visits scheduled between June-December 2019
The application can be found on the HERE.
Learn more about this funding opportunity and the Guardian Watchmen programs from the INDIGENOUS GUARDIAN TOOLKIT.