Next year, the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Fund will begin allocating money to projects that further the implementation of the Indigenous Strategic Plan.
Up to $4 million will be allocated across UBC’s two campuses in 2022. UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) officially launched last fall — this fund is intended to advance the ISP’s 43 actions.
The fund contains three streams: first, an innovative projects stream which funds between $30,000 and $100,000 for one- and two-year projects. This is aimed toward existing or new projects that advance a faculty or unit’s “Indigenous strategy, achievement and enhancement goals.”
The second stream, titled “Transformative Projects,” allocates between $50,000 and $250,000 for projects lasting up to three years. “Transformative” is deemed to have a “wide-scale impact at the faculty, portfolio or institutional level.”
The third stream, student-led projects, funds $50,000 for 12 to 18 month projects. Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, senior advisor to the president on Indigenous affairs, highlighted the student-led project part of the fund, saying she hopes it brings about “quite a bit of innovative thinking on different initiatives and processes.”