Total $337,594—31 Projects
Aboriginal Neighbours—Parksville, B.C.
Nurturing Deep Understanding and Hope:
A Gathering (Year One, Part Two, of a Pilgrimage Towards Right Relationships)
Working ecumenically and through established networks, to begin a five-year education and action process on Vancouver Island to lay a foundation upon which to build new relationships between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal peoples. These relationships will be based on the principles of mutual recognition, respect, sharing, and responsibility. Exploration will be done from a faith-perspective with spiritual/theological reflection and play. (Diocese of British Columbia)
Aboriginal Neighbours—Nanaimo, B.C.
Aboriginal Neighbours Members; Workshop and Retreat
The grant will assist the members of the Aboriginal Neighbours to attend a 3-day retreat, which will include workshops facilitated by a professional who works in the area of healing. The retreat will include developing work strategies for the future, assessing the member’s skills and making time available for spiritual renewal for its members. (Diocese of British Columbia)
Anglican First Nations Council of Caledonia—Old Masset, B.C.
Celebrating Our Spirituality as God’s People – a Sacred Gathering at Old Masset on Haida Gwaii
This was the first gathering of the Anglican First Nations representatives from every parish and community of the Diocese of Caledonia. The theme of the gathering – Celebrating Our Spirituality as God’s People – included workshops, storytelling, and discussions, healing service and planning sessions for the future of the ministry. (Diocese of Caledonia)
Arrowhead Foundation – Ishaawin Family Resources—Thunder Bay, Ont.
Wiichihitowin Helping each other April to September, 2001
Ishaawin is the counselling arm of Arrowhead Foundation and their focus is to train leaders to lead support groups and recovery programs in order to address the needs of physical and sexual abuse survivors and their descendants. The project will identify and increase the skills of leaders in healing in the communities of fort Hope and Sandy Lake, Ontario. (Diocese of Algoma)
At^lohsa Native Family Healing Centre—London, Ont.
Gathering the Voices – Women from the Four Directions
This project sponsored by an Aboriginal women’s social service agency will facilitate the full, active participation of Aboriginal women from across Ontario, of all ages and regardless of “status” vis-a-vis The Indian Act, together with a selected group of women allies from other heritages in a public consultation process. Its objective is the identification of culturally-appropriate initiatives and solutions that address the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal women who experience racism, racial discrimination and related intolerance in Canada. (Diocese of Huron)
B.C. Provincial Residential School Project—Vancouver, B.C.
Advanced Training for Residential School Trauma Counsellors March 2001 to February 2002
The project will train aboriginal counsellors and therapists in an advanced method of trauma recovery. By building the capacity of aboriginal workers already providing residential school therapy, this program has the potential to affect a far greater number of survivors. The end result of this project will be the existence of skilled facilitators who can provide an unlimited amount of advanced trauma recovery workshops for residential school survivors. (Diocese of New Westminster)
Buffalo Jump Artists’ Collective—Toronto, Ont.
Aboriginal Arts Project Spring 2001
The Collective is a group of Aboriginal actors/storytellers, singers, writers, visual artists, and teachers who have come together to use their talents, experiences and the creative process to share the teachings and prophesies brought by the White Buffalo Calf Woman. This grant will enable the Collective to bring a noted elder (Chief Arvol Looking Horse) to share these teachings with Aboriginal youth in the Toronto area. (Diocese of Toronto)
Buffalo Jump Artists’ Collective—Toronto, Ont.
Expanding the Circle
The Collective is a group of Aboriginal actors/storytellers, singers, writers, visual artists and teachers who have come together to use their talents, experience and the creative process to share the teachings and prophecies brought by the While Buffalo Calf Woman. This grant will, again, enable the Group to bring a noted elder ‘Chief Arvol Looking Horse’ to share these teachings with Aboriginal youth in the Toronto area. (Diocese of Toronto)
Camp Knowles Society—Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.
Camp Knowles Society – summer camp for children and youth
Camp Knowles Society at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, operates an Anglican camp providing outdoor Christian camping for children. In recent years, the camp has evolved to the point where the majority of the participants are First Nations young people. The program activities have been geared to include the culture of the people in the context of a Christian camp. The grant assists the camp in hiring of a chaplain, purchasing of resource materials and bringing in puppeteers. (Diocese of Qu’Appelle)
Canadian Bible Society Montreal District—Montreal, Que.
The Canadian Bible Society
To continue to translate the Old Testament of the Bible and revise the New Testament into current Mohawk language for the benefit of the whole Mohawk community and for the generations of Mohawk people yet to come. In this process, the Society will promote and support the use of the Mohawk language, the use of the standardized Mohawk orthography, the hands on experience for many translators, and provide a stronger spiritual base for people with God’s Word. (Diocese of Montreal)
Chawathil First Nation—Hope, B.C.
Healing Through Chawathil Language and Culture Restoration
The objective of this project is to develop a combination of resources and strategies to revive the Halq’emeylem language and enhance the teaching materials and learning opportunities for the community. The Chawathil First Nation will develop a library of resource and training materials for instructors and teach the Halq’emeylem language on an on-going basis. (Diocese of New Westminster)
Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association—S.S. Marie, Ont.
Shingwauk Healing Circle 2001
This healing gathering will provide the participants with an environment that is conducive to reflecting, healing and sharing of their negative and positive experiences. A large number of questions and problems still remain and need to be addressed concerning residential school issues and its effects. (Diocese of Algoma)
Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation—Forest, Ont.
Family Teaching Circle ProjectTo work in concert with the long-term Community Healing Project
During the post-residential school era, the Church replaced traditional family and community structures and filled a void. It helped to bring families & community together and it reinforced traditional values of sharing, respect for one another and unity. History, cultural teachings and values were passed down orally from one generation the the next. Today this has not been happening. This project’s goals include restoration of traditional family & community connection; rebuilding the spiritual connections; opportunities for volunteerism with a focus on traditional family activities. (Diocese of Huron)
Diocese of Keewatin/Healing and Reconciliation Committee—Keewatin, Ont.
Pilot Group for the Healing and Reconciliation Education Event 2001
This pilot, Biblical and Eucharistic focused, three-day workshop will be offered to members of the Healing & Reconciliation Committee and a small number of others. The group will evaluate and endorse the format and processes learned at this conference, and how it can be offered in their local communities. Resource persons will include local health educators, a diocesan resource person, and the Diocesan Bishop. (Diocese of Keewatin)
Diocese of Rupert’s Land/ Youth Ministry—Winnipeg, Man.
Project Oikos – A Summer, Inner City Internship program for youth.
This project has enabled six youth, included were at least two Aboriginal youth, to spend their summers in the inner city working at three outreach ministries: West Broadway Community Ministry; St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry, and North End Community Ministry. This year the program will expand through a contact at Pikangikum First Nation. The youth and a mentor work and meet each day for social analysis around the causes of poverty and issues faced by people on social assistance and for reflection and prayer, cross-cultural exchanges. (Diocese of Rupert’s Land)
Health Sciences Centre—Winnipeg, Man.
Aboriginal Clinical Pastor Education Program (Spiritual Care)
This program has been developed to increase the number of clinically trained Aboriginal care givers in the aboriginal community as a direct way to address the impacts of residential schooling through existing avenues of care and service. Embracing Traditional, Christian, and Interfaith values, this program offers standard Spiritual Care (Pastoral) Education, with an emphasis on Aboriginal issues in care. Subjects like residential schooling, addiction and recovery, and colonial history will be central in this program. (Diocese of Rupert’s Land)
Kashechewan First Nation—Kashechewan, Ont.
Elders travel for Moose Factory Residential School Conference
Kashechewan, a small community on the west coast of James Bay in the Diocese of Moosonee, requested financial assistance for Elders to attend the Moose Factory Residential School Conference held in Moose Factory. This was the first conference for those who had attended Moose Fort School and Horden Hall Residential Schools. (Diocese of Moosonee)
Lytton First Nation—Lytton, B.C.
10th Healing Gathering and the 100th Anniversary of St. Georges Residential School.
The events of the Healing Gathering and Anniversary marks a number of milestones in the healing and renewal of spirit of the Nlha’7kapmx people. This gathering will help the people to continue in their healing and find reconciliation with their past. This multi-generational event will help their youth to grow into strong Nlha’7kapmx women and men as others have found their strength in the culture, language, traditions and customs. (Diocese of Cariboo)
Manitoba Metis Federation Northwest Regional Office—Dauphin, Man.
Northwest Region Metis Gathering of Survivors of Residential School System
Although residential schools were officially designed for First Nation people, it is widely known that a substantial number of Metis people in Manitoba attended residential schools. Like many of those who attended these institutions, they continue to suffer the effects of physical, sexual and cultural abuse. The Northwest Gathering of Survivors of Residential School in Dauphin will be the first such gathering for the Metis people in this region. The gathering will offer workshops that focus on the intergenerational impacts that still affect the Metis people. The participants will also be given an opportunity to provide their input and concerns in program and resource development. (Diocese of Brandon)
Missanabie First Nation—Garden River, Ont.
Hire a Family Support Worker for the community
The Family Support Worker will develop a needs assessment and a healing strategy for Missanabie Cree First Nations survivors of the residential school system. Upon the completion of the assessment, workshops will be designed based on the needs of the community. The Family Support Worker will conduct healing workshops, sharing circles, lead or assist in sweat lodges and work closely with individuals, and their families, that have been affected by the residential school system. The community of Missanabie Cree is a community without land base and is, therefore, limited to access of funds. (Diocese of Moosonee)
Moose Cree First Nations Mocreebec Council of the Crees— Moose Factory, Ont.
Moose Factory Residential School Conference
The purpose of the conference will be to unite former students, staff and those affected by the intergenerational impacts of the Residential School. To begin to addressing many issues in a kind, gentle and loving manner. The focus will be healing workshops designed to allow participants to work on issues throughout the week in a safe nurturing environment. The conference will conclude with the Annual Anglican Church Memorial Service at St. Thomas Anglican Church. (Diocese of Moosonee)
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
“In Honour of Women” 15th Annual Traditional Awareness Gathering, March 23 to 25, 2001
This annual Elders conference brings together Aboriginal people and other Canadians from Toronto and beyond and provides an opportunity to increase their awareness about Aboriginal knowledge and cultural traditions. This grant will assist the Anishnawbek committee to provide for the travel costs of the Elders/Teachers (Diocese of Toronto)
Native Ministry Outreach Board of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land
Wicihiwewin Nanatawewin “Aboriginal People Helping One Another”
Aboriginal people in the Church and the diocesan Native Outreach Ministry Board will work together on three goals: To establish a sense of belonging, community, hospitality and self-esteem where people care about each other; to foster holistic approaches to healing and reconciliation in individuals and communities; and to improve linkage and mutual understanding between urban and reserve communities. (Diocese of Rupert’s Land)
St. John’s Church Anglican Church, Wabasca, Alta.
Oski Meyo Mamawecehtowin
The support was for indigenous members of St. John’s Church in Wabasca, Ont.e of the two native Anglican parishes in the Diocese of Athabasca, to attend the Diocese of Athabasca Synod in Fort McMurray. The delegation from St. John’s Church are to make a presentation to promote native language and culture as a way of introducing their presence among the rest of the Anglican’s within the diocese. (Diocese of Athabasca)
Stardale Women’s Group Inc. Foundation, Melfort, Sask.
Mending the Shattered Spirit
Stardale provides lifeskills, literacy, job training and advocacy to women living in poverty and abusive situations. Its primary program goals are to empower the lives of women, and through them empower their families and communities. In 1977, Stardale conducted a study to determine the needs of their clients, and developed its programming to those needs. However, the job market for these women was found to be limited due in part to the poor economic base in the province and to racism. Because of this, the organization established ‘Stardale Artistic Cooperative Limited’ where clients can work towards their healing while at the same time learning an artistic form and in this case – weaving. Thus the goal is to assist women to strive towards the goal of self-sufficiency with the assistance of education on business planning and marketing. (Diocese of Saskatchewan)
Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation—Valleyview, Alta.
Trauma and Healing Long term therapeutic counseling for survivors & intergenerational Band members, especially Elders and Youth
This pilot project to be implemented at the Sturgeon Lake First Nation will educate all community band members especially residential school survivors and the intergeneration to work on their issues in long-term counseling therapeutic sessions. Currently, they have a mental health therapist on reserve who only provides therapy for short-term crisis intervention provided by MSB-Health Canada. This grant will provide for travel costs to visit elders at their home who are unable to come to the Health Centre and the school where children/youth have issues and problems in relation to alcohol and drugs, suicide and anger, violence, pregnancy. (Diocese of Athabasca)
Surrey Aboriginal Cultural Society—Surrey, B.C.
The Cultural Society plans to hold three cultural healing camps to help reconnect families to their culture and heritage. Phase I will focus on traditional family structure and its role in a community. Phase II is specifically for children and youth and will focus on culture, heritage and exploring unresolved issues. Phase III is designed for adults and will focus on recognizing the impacts of residential school system. (Diocese of New Westminster)
Tsuu T’ina Culture Museum—Calgary, Alta.
Dunbow Industrial School Gravesite Relocation March/April 2001
The First Nations of Treaty areas 6, 7 and 8 and the Metis of Alberta have designated Elders to assist the Government of Alberta; Archaeological Survey of Alberta and are offering their guidance in the process of digging the remains; blessing of the new burial site; reburial; and ceremonies of commemoration. This grant will assist with the travel for ten Elders, the three ceremonies and commemoration and for public security of sites. (Diocese of Calgary)
Upper St’at’imc Language, Cultural Education Society—Lillooet, B.C.
Healing Through St’st’imc Language and Culture Restoration
The focus of this healing project is restoration of language and culture. This grant will allow the organization to hire a language instructor who will collect information on language grammar, proper word pronunciations, phrases, meaning of words, as well as collect elder stories. The instructor will also plan circle-sharing sessions as part of the healing process with the assistance of community members and elders. (Diocese of Cariboo)
Wabanaki Nations Cultural Resource Centre—Burnt Church, N.B.
Community Healing Gathering
Esgenoopetitj is currently engaged in a struggle with the Canadian government over fishing rights. Despite Supreme Court sanctions for First Nation access to the fishery, the federal government has responded to Esgenoopetitj fishing with force and violence. The residents have been working to respond and intervene to keep the community calm and productive in the midst of this challenge, but often feel isolated in its attempts to move forward to right relationships within the community, the government and the non-native communities. The project will address the crisis and the trauma brought about by confrontations with Canadian government officials and from the non-native communities. (Diocese of Fredericton)
Wellness Community—Old Masset, B.C.
Honour Our Tears – A Healing Journey
A residential school survivor cycling from Halifax to Victoria bringing a message of healing and reconciliation, and sharing his story to Canadians along the way. (Diocese of Caledonia)