Global Engagement Fund Projects

The Global Engagement Fund (GEF) supports NIC students and faculty in developing internationally-focused projects with community partners. The fund is designed to support students in building curiosity and appreciation for the intercultural and international aspects of the larger world in which they study, live and work.

GEF project outcomes

Under the leadership of faculty, GEF projects support participants to explore social, cultural and practical business issues with global importance and local impacts. Projects may be interdisciplinary and may incorporate study or internship abroad.

GEF projects demonstrate global citizenship, equity, and social justice; contribute to international and intercultural understanding; and develop global knowledge and leadership skills. They establish skills to live and work internationally and interculturally, and integrate the applied creativity of students and faculty with the practical considerations of community partners.

Who can apply

Faculty: All GEF projects must have faculty leadership. As a faculty member, you are welcome to initiate a project by finding student and community partner or contribute to a proposal made to you.

Student: The first step is to consider a project which fits the GEF Project Outcomes. Once you have an idea, ask a faculty member to be your mentor for this project. Together you will consider an appropriate community partner and finalize your proposal.

Community Members: We encourage projects initiated by community members which meet the GEF Project Outcomes. Applications should be submitted by an NIC faculty member. Please contact for support in finding a faculty partner.

Application Process

GEF is allocated annually starting April 1st. To have your project considered please submit the following to

  1. Application form
  2. Explanation of how your project will meet GEF outcomes (less than two pages)
  3. Your plan to provide the final report
  4. Budget request
  5. Project timeline

Budget Guidelines

  • Proposals will be reviewed on a first come, first approved basis until the fund has been exhausted.
  • Projects will receive between $1,000 to $5,000.
  • Budgets must be spent by year-end (March 31st) of the application year.
  • GEF is meant as one-time funding. If a compelling rationale can be demonstrated, proposals for multi-year projects may be considered.
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International and Indigenous Food

Interest in food security in the North Island has increased considerably in recent years with community groups across the region engaging in projects to increase community knowledge of Indigenous foods. The Indigenous and International Foods Project brought together members of the Awinakola project of the Kwakiutl Band; the Mount Waddington Community Foods Initiative; and a convergence of many different nationalities in ESL classes at NIC, concluding with a multicultural community feast, and a digital story detailing the results of the project.

NIC’s Indigenous and International Foods Project was funded by NIC's Department of Indigenous Education, and NIC’s Global Engagement Fund which provides up to $5,000 per project to foster awareness of global issues.

Over the past year, interest in food security has increased considerably in our region. Our goal was to begin to plant the seed of sustainable solutions by educating our community about our own position with food security, and the position of those around the world.
Caitlin Hartnett
Project Coordinator

About the Project

Sharing traditional food is more than just nourishment. It’s a vital means to build community, connecting individuals to the land and to each other. NIC’s Indigenous and International Foods Project made this connection. Participants met weekly, sharing food while discussing ways to build intercultural intelligence. They researched international food systems, discussed global citizenship, equity, and social justice, and analyzed how these factors interconnect with themes of food security, locally and globally. The project culminated in a multi-cultural community feast including traditional food from Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, and Peru served alongside Indigenous Kwakiutl foods which were prepared by the project group and generous volunteers at U’Gwamalis Hall in T’saxis, Fort Rupert.

Project Coordinators

  • Caitlin Hartnett, Project Supervisor
    Mixalakwila campus in Port Hardy
    250-949-7912 ext. 2872
  • Leslie Dyck, Project Supervisor
    Mixalakwila campus in Port Hardy
  • Jozi Child, Project Lead
  • Joshua Terry, Project Lead
  • Diane Bell, Kwakiutl Elder
  • Julia Falla-Wood, International Mentor

Community Partners

Island Health: Mount Waddington Community Foods Initiative

Kwakiutl Band: Awinakola Project

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