Nine organizations across Manitoba are receiving additional funding to help them offer Indigenous programming in the week of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Manitoba's Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere says $200,000 will be divided between nine organizations as they offer healing programming next week.
“Our government is committed to learning and advancing reconciliation by supporting Indigenous programming that will help Manitobans learn from and heal the wounds of the past,” Lagimodiere says.
Up to $25,000 will be given to each organization including:
- Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre to host Indigenous youth from across Manitoba to participate in National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events
- National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada to support a healing walk in commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Cree Nation Tribal Health Centre to support a four-day Every Child Matters awareness project
- ANISH Corp. to support hosting a sacred fire and memorial round dance to honour survivors
- Cross Lake Band of Indians to support hosting a three-day gathering commemorating National Truth and Reconciliation Orange Shirt Day
- South East Resource Development Council to support the organization of a joint Grandmothers’ Walk and National Orange Shirt Day commemoration
- Way-Say Healing Centre to support hosting an Orange Shirt Day powwow
- Keewatin Tribal Council to support hosting a gathering for healing and acknowledgment for National Truth and Reconciliation Orange Shirt Day
- West Region Treaty 2 and 4 Health Services in Westman for self-care kits for First Nation and surrounding communities and staff support
ANISH team leader and residential school survivor Eva Wilson Fontaine makes reference to the medicine wheel, saying “I encourage all nations – red, yellow, black and white – to have those conversations about Canada’s true history of what happened at Indian residential schools at your kitchen tables, in the office, coffee shops and boardroom tables.”
She says reconciliation starts at a personal level.
Throughout the week Lagamodiere has been announcing funding for Indigenous-led programming.
“Indian Residential School Healing Centres in Manitoba provide culturally appropriate healing and wellness supports to survivors of residential schools, Indian day schools, the ‘60s scoop and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.”
This week he announced a $75,000 pledge to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to offer programming in schools, and $50,000 to the Manitoba Museum's September 30 programming.