Congratulations 2016 Call for Projects Grant Recipients!

The CBT is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Call for Projects!

Overall, the total value requested by applicants was more than $145,000, and we were able to approve $71,525 in funding to local projects.

We received excellent applications from organizations and communities across the region. We believe the projects funded will contribute to the spirit and intent of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO biosphere reserve designation by inspiring people to work together to thrive in healthy places. Supporting these projects is one way the CBT can work with local organizations and communities to meet shared mandates, including the conduct and support of research, education, and programs that promote the health of individuals, communities, and ecosystems.

Congratulations to all recipients! We look forward to seeing the impact of your work.

All grant recipients will have now received a phone call from the CBT. Formal award letter are in the mail. And don’t forget to review our final reporting form and get a copy of our new logo for your marketing and media materials.
Questions? Contact the CBT 250.725.2219

2016 Call for Projects Approved Funding

Monitoring and Stewardship of Amphibian Wetland Habitats
Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds
Global declines of amphibian populations have featured prominently in news coverage and are associated with habitat loss and climate change. The abundance of diverse species of amphibians within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Region indicates the persistence of wetland and moist forest habitats, landscape-wide habitat connections, ecosystem health, and wilderness values. This project aims to gather and share information about the poorly documented pond habitats used by amphibians along the outer coastline. Our goal is to gain a better
understanding of these habitats to help determine whether conservation effort is needed to protect them. The project will also track changes in the breeding population of an amphibian species at risk, the Northern Red-legged Frog, at a key wetland site for this species in our region. This part of the study will explore whether recent logging activity coincides with any change in the number of breeding frogs.
Partners: BC Ministry of Environment, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

ƛułcamis Well-BEEing
Toquaht Nation
The Toquaht Nation community garden has been active for three years; it’s growing and cultivating and we are prepared to take it one step further, to help aid production of pollination and growth through these beautiful creatures, bees. Bees are vital for pollination and many of the foods and natural flora and we rely on benefit from bee pollination. A local bee-keeper has kindly donated two successful bee hives to Toquaht Nation, and is dedicated to train two of our Citizens in the art of bee-keeping. The bee hives will be located near our community garden named ‘ƛułcamis’(feeling good all over).

Big Buddies Pilot Program
District of Ucluelet, Parks and Recreation
The Big Buddies Pilot Program aims to improve quality of life for vulnerable youth through a consistent positive mentorship program. The program is designed and built upon the foundations of recreation, leadership, and resilience. The hope for the program is to support and increase mental health among local youth and promote a healthy life style.
Partners: Coastal Family Resource Coalition, Westcoast Community Resources Society, Nuuchahnulth Tribal Council

Community and Youth Garden
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nations
We have a designated spot for our community garden that is central and easily accessible within walking distance to all of our citizens. Our goal is to create a committee of staff and citizens to plan, organize, construct and maintain an edibles garden which we will use to give back to the community. Our mission is to contribute its contents to our community kitchens and youth snack programs and use as an outdoor classroom to learn about sustainable living.
Partners: Ucluelet Elementary School

Carving on the Edge Festival, Tla-o-qui-aht Focus
Carving on the Edge Festival Society
This is a unique celebration of our region’s rich cultural history of wood carving arts and its re-emergence through various fine art forms. The festival encourages the growth of the carving community and offers opportunities where people can learn new skills and gain a deeper understanding of the coastal traditions. Carvings have always been a central part of the west coast culture, from the practical purposes of the dug-out canoes to the ceremonial roles of headdresses and the record-keeping of the great totem poles. Contemporary artists today respond to the grandeur of our giant temperate rainforests. This year, the Festival will focus on Tla-o-qui-aht teachings, history, community, vision, and their relationships with Vancouver Island and beyond. Everyone is welcome!
Partners: District of Tofino, Tofino Arts Council, Raincoast Education Society, Wickaninnish Inn, House of Himwitsa, Tourism Tofino

YFN 5 Year Celebration
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nations
Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ became an independent nation nearly five years ago, when the Maa-nulth Treaty was signed. The goal of our project is to mark the occasion of our fifth anniversary of treaty, with a celebration which would see other nations and communities coming together to celebrate our independence and celebrate our culture. We will host a dinner for upwards of 500 guests, which will be comprised of traditional food items, many of which will be gathered for this feast. We are hoping to include a cross section of our community to gather the food, we will ask our young Warriors program participants to gather game, fish and clams. We will ask our youth to gather berries and we will ask our Elders and other community members to assist with the gathering and preparation of food. For instance, once the fish has been caught, a community member can teach the young people how to clean the fish and how to smoke the fish. The Nuu-chah-nulth language will be incorporated in these teachings.
Partners: Toquaht Nation

Ḥaahuupa: Nuu-chah-nulth Cultural Connections
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Ḥaahuupa means teacher. The Ḥaahuupa: Nuu-chah-nulth Cultural Connections series takes place over select dates throughout the months of July, August and September. This series provides visitors and users of the park the opportunity to learn about Nuu-chah-nulth culture from a Nuu-chahnulth person. Visitors will also learn about the history of the area and the people through unique and engaging programming. These programs are designed to foster the sharing of Nuu-chah-nulth culture through hands-on,
unique and authentic experiences with the presenters: learn traditional cedar weaving methods with an expert weaver, follow the long and fascinating history of traditional Nuu-chah-nulth whaling on the coast or work with a master carver shaping artwork out of yellow cedar.

“Arts Connect” – An aboriginal cultural exchange in the context of the 2016 Pacific Rim Summer Festival
Pacific Rim Arts Society
The “Arts Connect” is a component of the Pacific Rim Summer Festival The Pacific Rim Arts Society will bring aboriginal artists to the First Nation communities of Ahousaht and Hitacu (and if possible Hesquiaht) to engage youth in song writing and music workshops and expose the community to the contribution of other Canadian aboriginal artists in the arts. (This program will be free for the participant and audience)

ƛ̓aaʔaas Youth Stewardship 
Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society
[Tla-aas: meaning outdoors] The purpose of this project is to engage First Nations youth in stewardship and ecology through hands on learning in their own back yard. Opitsaht beach is located near Tofino in the heart of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations traditional territory. The project will include a beach cleanup, eelgrass
mapping and monitoring, eelgrass diversity beach seine, and shellfish collection (mussels) intended for testing for microplastics. Each activity will involve an instructional clinic where the participants will learn the skill needed to carry out that aspect of the monitoring project, which will include scientific note taking, transect surveys, habitat mapping, and species identification. There will also be take home sheets which will feature the organisms involved in that day’s activity with information on the
organisms’ life history, traditional uses, and its Nuu-chah-nulth, scientific, and common name. All of the information gathered will be made into a report booklet and housed within the new library at Opitsaht, as well as distributed to our project partners and sponsors. We hope to encourage long-term monitoring of the Tla-o-qui-aht territory.
Partners: Ucluelet Aquarium, Parks Canada, Raincoast Education Society, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Fisheries

Healthy Start
Wickaninnish Community School Society
Healthy Start is a morning program offering exercise and nutritional food so children are well nourished and ready to learn.  Healthy Start operates Monday-Friday at Wickaninnish Community School. The goals are to increase healthy eating choices by children, improve attention in the classroom, and strengthen social support networks of families.
Partners: Tofino Co-op, Wickaninnish Community School

Ucluelet Elementary School Garden and Outdoor Education Centre
Ucluelet Elementary School
The UES established a 7200 square foot garden enclosure which is being used and developed by the school community. Participants are aged from 6 month olds at Strong Start, to senior high school students. We are working to create an inclusive, sustainable, self-sufficient educational garden. This year, we are focusing our efforts on establishing various tri-lingual learning areas which are also a sanctuary for insects, pollinators, birds and butterflies.
Partners: Ucluelet First Nation, Ucluelet Secondary School

Sculpture Residency Program
Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation
The Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation seeks to create and implement a residency program which will not only support local and visiting artists, but will also provide significant public engagement through evening lectures, artist gatherings, and children/youth education sessions.
The program’s youth engagement portion endeavours to include local school field trips during which youth will be introduced to sculpture tools and techniques, elements of the
vocation of the professional artist, and various philosophies of modern art. This project will be to research and develop the program, including documentation written to encourage and assist other organizations to pursue more local artist residency programs.
Partners: Dan Law Art and Design, Tourism Tofino, Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

Life – What Matters to You? Advance Care Planning is for Everyone!
Pacific Rim Hospice Society
The Pacific Rim Hospice Society is partnering with several organizations including the CBT, the BC Centre for Palliative Care/ BC Hospice Palliative Care Association, the District of Tofino and District of Ucluelet in order to offer Advance Care Planning workshops in each of the eight west coast communities (Tofino, Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Opitsaht, Esowista/Ty-Histanis, Macoah, Hitacu, and Hot Springs Cove).  Advance Care Planning (ACP) encourages people to be actively involved in thinking, talking and making decisions about their healthcare, now and for a time when they are unable to communicate. Utilizing Hospice volunteers we hope to increase awareness on how the public can more actively be engaged in their own health care planning; empower the community, in particular our society, to promote a public health approach using compassionate communities of caring `for the people by the people’.
Partners: District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, BC Hospice Palliative Care Association/BC Centre for Palliative Care

Ahousaht Animals & Community Health
Gathering Voices Society
In response to the growing animal issues, and community health and safety concerns highlighted by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust’s 2014 CBT Vital Signs report, the Ahousaht community is working towards hosting Animal Health Clinics in the Ahousaht village of Maaqtusiis over the next one-year period. During the clinics, community members can access a wide variety of veterinary care services for their dogs and cats as well as learn more about basic animal care and how to address regular medical needs during humane education workshops hosted by project partners.
Partners: Ahousaht First Nation, Coastal Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) Network, Canadian Animal Assistance Team

Chamaapilth – Coming to Age
Aeriosa Dance Society
Chamaapilth  –  Coming  to  Age  is  a  collaborative  arts  education  project,  led  by  Tla‐o‐qui-aht  artists  and  teachers,  for  the  purpose  of  expressing  Nu-‐chah‐nulth  culture  in  a  supportive  environment,  and  nurturing  the  Tla-o‐qui-aht  artists  of  tomorrow.  This  youth  engagement  pilot  project  will  support  Tla‐o-qui‐aht  artists  in  the  vital  work  of  teaching  their  culture  and  making  new  songs  and  dances  with  their  children  and  youth.  Now  is  a  critical  time  for  Tla‐o-qui‐aht  youth  to  learn  and  practice  their  traditional  culture  by  traveling  and  living  off  the  land,  providing  for  themselves  and  their  families  and  through  various  forms  of  artistic  expression.  Art  has  a  valuable  role  to  play  to  play  in  teaching  people  to  walk  with  respect  and  remembering  how  everything  is  connected.

Tonquin Trail Interpretive Signage
District of Tofino
Tofino’s Tonquin Trail is an easy ‘out and back’ gravel trail which includes beautiful views of Clayoquot Sound. The trail begins at the Tofino Community Hall and meanders through old-growth forest to Tonquin Beach and Third Beach.  The District of Tofino and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations were recently granted permission to extend the trail through Provincial land to Middle Beach.  Construction is planned for 2016 and the project is to be a partnership of both communities. The Tonquin Trail Interpretive Signage Project will help to engage both area residents and visitors to the region with the natural environment through fixed interpretive signage.  Interpretive material will focus on natural and cultural history and feature Nuu-chah-nulth language content.
Partners: Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks, Raincoast Education Society

Ah’ta’apq Creek Restoration Project
Central Westcoast Forest Society
Ah’ta’apq Creek is an important fish- bearing creek located at the head of Hot Springs Cove in Clayoquot Sound. We propose to continue with restoration work that has been going on in Ah’ta’apq Creek. Since
2009, approximately 1 ha of riparian habitat has been restored through the removal of a red alder overstory and planting of approximately 500 sitka spruce, western redcedar, and western hemlock, furthermore, 6 riparian monitoring plots have been established, spawning gravel has been placed
and stabilized in pools, large woody debris has been added and repositioned, upslope terrain has been assessed and bioengineered, and side channel test pits have been excavated within the creek. We hope to continue with restoration activities in 2016 including in-stream and riparian monitoring, slope stability assessment of an adjacent road, riparian planting, and construction of side channel habitat. Through restoration, we hope to contribute to the increased of health of Ah’ta’apq Creek, salmonid species, and the HFN way of life.
Partners: Hesquiaht First Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Pacific Salmon Foundation

Seasonal diet of Steller and California sea lions in Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Increasing Steller and California sea lion numbers in the Clayoquot Biosphere Reserve region has raised concerns regarding their impact on fisheries, however little or no information exists about the diet of Steller and California sea lions locally. Steller sea lions were listed as a Species of Special Concern in 2003 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans identified seasonal diet as a priority research action for species-at-risk management planning. Due to their not-at-risk status, California sea lions are not afforded the same research and management attention. Both species however, forage locally and play an important ecological role. The primary objective of this project is to expand the research investigating seasonal diet of Steller sea lion to include California sea lion diet. Five scat samples per year – one Steller sample per season and one California sample in the fall are planned. This study is the first to investigate seasonal Steller sea lion diet in Canada, and to compare diet between species in the Biosphere Reserve region. Results will provide managers with information necessary for management planning and species recovery.
Partners: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, National Marine Fisheries Service, Subtidal Adventures, Vancouver Aquarium

Wild Pacific Trail Interpretive Program
Wild Pacific Trail Society
The Wild Pacific Trail is a unique outdoor classroom that presents incredible opportunities to connect people to nature through its location and environmental surroundings. By offering interpretive programming on the Trail, the WPTS provides the optimal experience for participants to learn about the rich biodiversity and history of this region. Our hope is to inspire one’s love for nature and encourage the learning and growth that resonates in all of us.
Partners: Central Westcoast Forest Society, Ucluelet Aquarium, Ucluelet First Nations, Tourism Ucluelet, Ucluelet Parks and Recreation

Marine Debris and Ocean Ecosystems
Ucluelet Aquarium Society
There are 3 aspects to the project. The first involves creating a space for locals and visitors to interact and learn about marine debris in the ocean and about the Japanese tsunami and how it affected local marine ecosystems. The Ucluelet Aquarium is partnering with local woodworker Jonny Ferguson and artist Pete Clarkson to create a feature wall depicting marine debris in the ocean and Japanese tsunami debris. The structure will blend traditional joinery with found marine debris. The second part of the project involves producing and providing educational materials so that locals and visitors can learn about plastic and debris in the ocean. The new microscope station will be available for youth and adults to observe plastic nodules (small grains of plastic) in sand and learn about how plastic moves into food chains. The third aspect of the project, a special event in the aquarium, creates an opportunity for youth and adults to create their own marine debris projects. Local artist Pete Clarkson will provide samples of marine debris and a crafts table will be set up in the Ucluelet Aquarium. On this day information will also be provided about beach cleanups, where to recycle debris and how day to day habits can reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean and assist in protecting our local ecosystems.

Parenting Workshops/Family Studies 12
Ucluelet Secondary School
The workshops will be designed as 8-10 evening sessions covering a variety of topics that will enhance participants present parenting skills. We will arrange for a variety of experts to share their knowledge and strategies. Topics such as nutrition, traditional First Nations parenting, balancing love & discipline, and teaching self-regulation may be covered. The experts and topics featured will be based on participant interest; our commitment to meet the BC curriculum learning outcomes for Family Studies 12 (child development, adolescence, adulthood, families in society, interpersonal & family relationships, housing & living environments); and availability of knowledgeable presenters. This project is designed to offer parents, youth, and interested community members the opportunity to expand their knowledge base with up-to-date information about parenting and child development; and to allow participants to earn graduation credits for Family Studies 12 which can be used towards a Dogwood Graduation certificate or Adult Grad certificate at the same time.
Partners: Yuułuʔiłʔat Government, Coastal Family Resource Coalition

Community Yoga
Westcoast Community Resources Society
Community Yoga will pilot affordable and equitable programs to prenatal, postnatal and senior groups in Ahousaht. These programs are designed to be complementary  to on-going services that enhances the health of families in our communities and address issues such as mental and emotional preperation and coping skills for prenatal, pain management techniques, social inclusion, and physical activity postnatal.
Partners: NTC Nursing Department, Tofino Yoga

Natural and Cultural History of Wah-naa-jus Hilth-hoo-is Mudflats
Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation
Visitors to Clayoquot Sound are increasingly seeking meaningful experiences and knowledge about First Nations culture, as well as opportunities to admire and learn about the incredible natural environment. This project combines natural and cultural history education by providing a venue with interpretive materials and activities about First Nations knowledge and history of the Wah-naa-jus Hilth-hoo-is Mudflats (aka Tofino Mudflats). This project focuses on First Nations involvement by working with members and language keepers to develop panels, take-away materials (also available on-line), and enlivening the space with activities.   First Nations speakers, Elders, artists and storytellers will be engaged to educate the non-aboriginal visitors about Tla-o-qui-aht history and culture, with particular reference to the Wah-naa-jus Hilth-hoo-is Mudflats.
Partners: Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks, White Raven Consulting (Tseshaht)