The Standing Bear Community Leadership and Wellness (CLAW) fund was developed to support Indigenous communities and organizations in delivering the Standing Bear program and activities to youth in an engaging and relevant way. Many communities and organizations are already delivering the activities that are detailed in Standing Bear courses and learning modules, including land-based activities, cultural activities and traditions, traditional art forms, sport and recreation activities, health and wellness programs, and career and life skills training and support. By utilizing the Standing Bear Program as a guide, communities can develop and deliver culturally meaningful activities for youth that strengthen connection to community and culture, while developing leadership capacity. Youth can earn credits towards certification through these community led activities.
The CLAW fund supports the project costs of Standing Bear activity supplies, materials and program delivery, including honorariums and workshop facilitator fees for elders, traditional knowledge keepers, artists, teachers, specialized experts, etc. needed to ensure successful completion of the program. You may also allocate up to 20% of the fund to cover the cost of a Project Coordinator/Facilitator to help support.
Applicants are required to propose a program that is 8-12 weeks in duration, leading to the completion of the Standing Bear Core Leadership Certificate.
All youth who complete the Core Indigenous Leadership Certificate will receive a bonus Standing Bear sweatshirt and program pin. Additionally, communities can use their funds (up to a maximum of 20% of the total funding received) to do weekly draws for gift cards or prizes, to support the continued engagement of youth in the program. Communities who complete the program in full (with at least 90% of their participants earning certification), will receive a bonus community prize consisting of a $500 Canadian Tire gift card and new sporting equipment provided by Canadian Tire Jump Start, also valued at $500. This bonus prize could be used to support another youth-led community initiative or event.
Please read the CLAW Fund Application Guidelines in their entirety before completing the application and Program Planning Toolkit.