The Fredericton Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the first three grants from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th have been approved!
The New Brunswick Association for Community Living is receiving a $15,000 grant to capture and document the history of people with an intellectual disability in New Brunswick; create tools and educational resources that will enhance inter-generational transfer of knowledge; and share knowledge, including the inherent risk of forgetting the history of exclusion and segregation, and inspiring younger generations to be part of the blueprint for future inclusive generations.
The project, known as, Including Everyday Canadians: It’s up to Us, is a celebration of the history and progress of persons with intellectual disabilities in New Brunswick over the past 150 years and provides a focus on the next steps to build vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities where everyone feels they belong.
The East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights is also receiving $15,000. Their project, Canada-150, No one is Left Behind – Diversity and Inclusive Youth with Mental Health Challenges Leadership Program, brings youth with mental health challenges from different cultural backgrounds, particularly indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, and Francophones in the Greater Fredericton Area, and provide them with the opportunity to develop critical life skills such as cultural diversity awareness, communication, confidence, networking, and hands-on job skills. This type of initiative ensures that no one is left behind as we move beyond the first 150 years of our Country.
The program consists of individual sessions where mentors meet with youth, organized workshops that focus on community services such as volunteering, and skill development opportunities. The program encourages and teaches youth to take an active role in session planning with support and guidance from mentors and program staff. Secondly, the youth will each volunteer in the community for a minimum of 30 hours, using the skills that they have learned to offer their services to improve the lives of others.
The Fredericton Region Museum (York Sunbury Historical Society) is receiving a grant of $6,700 for their project, Canada 150: Canadianism and Multiculturalism in Fredericton. This project is a participatory style museum exhibit that examines Canadian identity through the 1971 multicultural policy. The goal is to provide background on what the multicultural policy is and to ask the community to give their perspective on Canadian identity through story submissions and on the street interviews. The project will involve members of the community and museum visitors, and will be completed in partnership with local multicultural organizations. This project will make a difference in the Fredericton community by encouraging an understanding of the multicultural policy and increasing awareness of Fredericton’s diverse community.
We are continuing to accept applications for Canada 150 grants until February 1, 2017. Find out more here.