Dogwood Initiative

Everything we do is about giving British Columbians ways to take back decision-making power over their land and water. We believe British Columbians should have the right to make their own decisions about how the land they live on is used and we know that there is power in numbers. That's why we work with more than 150,000 supporters, as well as First Nations, businesses and communities, to leverage political victories and find common sense solutions to some of B.C.'s most pressing problems.

Dogwood Initiative has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2001.

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Photo courtesy of the Dogwood Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Dogwood Iniative.

Photo courtesy of the Dogwood Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Dogwood Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the Dogwood Initiative.

Dogwood Initiative Grant history

2017

$10,000 - To experiment with a new approach for identifying and acquiring prospective donors. Conservation capacity

2017

$35,000 - To build citizen engagement and broader policy support for conservation priorities in British Columbia. Conservation policy

2015

$70,000 - A two-year grant to build citizen engagement and broader policy support for conservation priorities in British Columbia. Conservation capacity

2015

$10,000 - To upgrade the organization's CMS and Web site. Conservation capacity

2014

$15,000 - To test new models of citizen engagement. Conservation capacity

2013

$30,000 - To build citizen engagement and broader policy support of conservation priorities in British Columbia. Conservation capacity

2011

$53,000 - For general support. Conservation policy

2010

$15,000 - To pilot new practices that engage communities in environmental issues in British Columbia. Conservation policy

2009

$3,000 - To help grow public opposition to counter the Enbridge pipeline construction and the risk associated with increased oil tanker traffic in B.C.'s north. Opportunity fund

2004

$20,000 - To strengthen the ability of First Nations in British Columbia to protect biodiversity in their territories. Place-based conservation

2004

$3,000 - To fund a face-to-face strategy meeting of Canadian energy activists to develop a framework for a markets campaign. Opportunity fund

2002

$20,000 - To build widespread community and First Nations support for the implementation of ecosystem-based management of B.C.'s Crown Forests. Place-based conservation

2001

$15,000 - To develop common ground between First Nations, community and municipal leadership promoting ecosystem-based management of public land in B.C. Place-based conservation

Dogwood Initiative Successes

Northern Gateway oil pipeline project rejected by court

Northern Gateway oil pipeline project rejected by court

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has overturned approval of Enbridge's controversial Northern Gateway project after finding that Ottawa failed to properly consult the First Nations affected by the pipeline. This is considered by many to be the final nail in the coffin for Northern Gateway, as it faces increasing on-the-ground opposition and a federal government promise to keep B.C.'s North Coast tanker free.