CRUW Partners and Sponsors


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“CRUW has enabled each of the community partner organizations involved to strengthen their own individual mandates, while simultaneously contributing to enhancing the mandates of the others. This is a clear and increasingly recognized example of capacity building through community partnerships. And it is making a profound difference within the lives of the youth who join us at CRUW”

Jeffrey Schiffer, CRUW Program Manager

CRUW Program Partners

1) Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS)

CRUW was initially made possible through funds raised at the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS). As the lead agency within the partnership, VACFSS continues to hold the primary responsibility of raising funds to ensure the sustainability of the program and directly funds the involvement of the CRUW Program Manager. Most importantly, VACFSS  facilitates the involvement of the Aboriginal youth participants that are part of the program.

2) The UBC Institute for Aboriginal Health (IAH)

The Institute of Aboriginal Health (IAH) provides the garden plots for CRUW participants within their Teaching and Research Garden at the Centre of Sustainable Agriculture at the UBC Farm. The IAH promotes the concept of food and water as the original medicines. In addition to healthy foods, their garden contains over forty Aboriginal medicinal plants that the youth interact with to promote learning around healthy diet and medicines. Dr. Lee Brown, the Director of the IAH, acts as the head program Elder. The IAH has also provided one program coordinator in-kind.

3) Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS)

The non-Aboriginal youth participants join CRUW through the Learning is First (LIFT) Program at Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) has been a partner in CRUW for the first two years of the program. During this time, PCRS has donated one program coordinator as an in-kind contribution to CRUW, and brought the non-Aboriginal participants to the program.

5) The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm

The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm became an official partner during the second program year of CRUW, and provides in-kind access to a variety of teaching spaces and other facilities on the UBC Farm.

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CRUW Program Funders

CRUW has been made possible through generous grants and in-kind contributions provided by the Community Action Initiative (CAI), through the Province of British Columbia, and through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at the Earth Institute, Columbia University (AC4).