Fund for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion Contributes for Aboriginal Community-Based Initiatives

Wednesday, January 20 1999

Ottawa — Twenty community initiatives across Canada will receive financial support from the Fund for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion. The Fund was initiated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and financed through voluntary contributions from Catholic dioceses and other Catholic organizations across the country.

The twenty projects will receive a total of $109,350 and include support for community healing for harms experienced as a result of the Indian residential school system, programs for the revitalization and celebration of aboriginal languages, and projects which promote a broader understanding between aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples in Church and society.

The Fund is administered by the Council for Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion. The Council was initiated by Canada’s bishops as part of a commitment made to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples to address in word and action all that continues to marginalize aboriginal peoples in Canada. It is focussed on strengthening the spiritual foundations to support reconciliation,solidarity and communion among Canada’s founding cultures.

Seven aboriginal Catholic leaders and two bishops make up the Council. They will meet again in June to examine new proposals and allocate funds for various projects submitted by aboriginal groups across Canada.

A list of the funded projects is attached.

Projects Approved

ALBERTA Amount Approved($)
St. Joseph’s Pilgrimage (Kehewin Cree Nation) 5,000
Residential School Legacy Forum (Blue Quills First Nations) 2,500
Sulsila lelum Healing Centre Residential Schools Workshops (Musqueam Indian Band) 5,000
We Wai Kai People and our Neighbours (Youth focus) (Cape Mudge Band Council) 2,000
Frontline Worker Training and Professional Development (Laichwiltach Family Life Society) 6,500
Sharing Circle Project (Algonquin of Pikwakanagan First Nation Health Services) 3,750
Men’s Healing and Wellness Conference (Wikwemikong Health Centre) 5,000
Residential School Impact/Study (Anishnabeg Survivors of Residential Schools) 5,000
Expédition “Apollo” (École secondaire Ste. Marie) 1,000
Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining First Nation Reconciliation, Solidarity and Communion Initiative 6,500
Moosonee Community Support Team (Moosonee Native Friendship Centre) 1,500
Multi-media Cd-Rom Project (Grassy Narrows Education Authority) 7,000
Community Healing Conference (Peetabeck Health Services) 10,000
Nemaska First Nation Wellness Program (Nemaska First Nation) 10,000
Winter Healing Initiative for Mohawks in Oka and Kanesatake (Oka United Church) 5,000
Cree Language Revitalization projects (Marcelin/Kihiw School) 4,600
Time to Break the Silence: Community Healing Circles (Yorkton Tribal Council) 11,000
Super Saturday Program (Saskatoon Tribal Council Advisory Board of Education) 2,000
Resource kit “As Long as the Sun Rises and the River Flows” (Aboriginal Rights Coalition-Project North) 10,000
Alternative Dispute Resolution Explanatory Dialogue (Assembly of First Nations) 6,000