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New grants to promote reconciliation available in BC

Indigenous communities, local governments and heritage organizations that spotlight BC’s diverse cultural heritage will have access to funding for projects this fall.
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Indigenous communities, local governments and heritage organizations that spotlight BC’s diverse cultural heritage will have access to funding for projects this fall.

“It has been 150 years since BC joined confederation, but the history of this place stretches back to time immemorial,” Josie Osborne, minister of municipal affairs, said.

“To heal and move forward together, it is important that everyone sees themselves reflected in BC’s heritage and cultural programs. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about BC’s colonial past and to honour the resilience both Indigenous and non-Indigenous marginalized communities have shown. Let’s reflect on our whole story and what we can do together to make B.C. an even better place for generations to come.”

There’s $30 million in the 150 Time Immemorial grant program through the First Peoples’s Cultural Foundation and Heritage BC.

“The First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council work in tandem on the revitalization of Indigenous languages,” Lorna Wánosts’a7 Williams, chair, First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation, said. “We turn now to revitalizing our cultural heritage by focusing on the documentation, archiving and sharing the precious stories, knowledge and wisdom of the Elders and Knowledge Keepers for future generations to come.”

The program will support projects in B.C. communities focused on reconciliation and building resiliency throughout the next 150 years and beyond, honouring BC’s diverse cultural heritage.

The 150 Time Immemorial grant program will open for an initial intake in fall 2021.

Details on eligibility for project funding will be announced at that time.