Fed funding earmarked for reconciliation and unification

Canada’s 150th anniversary to be themed around diversity, inclusion and reconciliation with Indigenous people

Dr. Robert James



Federal funding for three projects aimed at reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment and youth, were announced Tuesday in front of the iconic Jade Canoe at Vancouver International Airport.

$1.8 million is earmarked for Reconciliation Canada’s project to carry out a series of engagement activities focused on examining and documenting “perceptions, actions and aspirations of Canadians in relation to reconciliation.”

Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly said the narrative will “recognize our common history, highlight current achievements and create hope for the next 150 years.”

Joly said: “The 150th anniversary of Confederation is an excellent opportunity to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. Let’s be proud of our diversity; let’s reinforce the relationships that hold us together; and let’s highlight the richness of our common history and our heritage.”

Dr. Robert Joseph, hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, spoke about the impact of the efforts.

“Here in this great country of ours, we have the opportunity to move forward, to vision a future together like we’ve never done before,” Joseph said. “Aboriginal people will no longer talk about the gap that exists between they and others. Treaties will be honoured. New ones will be made. Education will be affordable for all. This very idea of reconciliation is a dream that’s always been held by others, but for some reason we have not been able to enact it. Now that we’re beginning to think along the same lines, we’re going to bring real compassion to our country, real justice, real equality, real inclusion and celebrate indeed the diversity of this wonderful country of ours.”

A cross-Canada speaking tour for exceptional Indigenous youth will receive $200,000 in support through the non-profit group Inspire, which aims to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and inspiring achievement.

Indspire president and CEO Roberta Jamieson said: “With this investment, Inspire will highlight exceptional accomplishments by Indigenous people, who will tell their stories to Canadians across the country.”

A $398,000 contribution will be made to the 4Rs Youth Movement: Possible Canadas. This project will see some 5,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth participate in face-to-face dialogue that will highlight the contributions of Indigenous people over the past 150 years.

Youth movement executive director Jessica Bolduc said: “The 4Rs Youth Movement is excited to be recognized for our vision to inspire youth-led reconciliation, a model which we hope past and present healing work by Indigenous people and our allies.”

The 4Rs represent respect, reciprocity, relevance and reconciliation.

 

Just Posted

Charge laid in Abbotsford motorcycle crash that killed Maple Ridge woman

Megan Kinnee, 19, died in collision on July 13, 2018

Two-vehicle collision on Maple Ridge road

Pickup narrowly misses bus stop

Man stuck on trail in Golden Ears park

Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue reach him at 1:30 a.m.

Big Chill a hot event in Langley

Flight Museum holds “ask the pilot panel” and demos flights for young pilots over the weekend

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Most Read