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Executive Director's Message - March 2017

A Year of Celebration is Ahead!

Last December, Community Foundation Grey Bruce awarded ten local projects with a Canada 150 matching grant. In total, $50,000 was distributed through the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a collaboration between Community Foundation Grey Bruce, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. The focus of this program is to encourage community participation; to inspire a deeper understanding of the people, places and events that have shaped our country; and to build vibrant and healthy communities that engage all Canadians.

Our foundation was particularly proud of the diversity and scope of the projects that we supported with a Canada 150 grant. A great example is the Home in a Distant Land project being developed by the Grey Bruce Chinese Heritage and Culture Association. It honours Canada’s rich cultural diversity by highlighting the impact of our region’s Chinese heritage. The group will produce a travelling display to tour local schools, focusing on the 130 years of our Chinese communities.

Several of the ten projects address the issue of reconciliation and will make creative connections with our two local First Nations communities. One project will see the Maadooki Seniors’ Group, in collaboration with the local Canadian Federation of University Women, turn Polly Keeshig-Tobias’s book The Illustrated History of Chippewa’s of Nawash into a play. This play will be presented throughout the year in multiple locations and schools. Through another grant, we look forward to the installation of the Niimaywikwedong Reconciliation Garden near Kelso Beach in Owen Sound. The project will create an indigenous plant garden with art and historical installations to invite visitors to pause, learn, and reflect upon reconciliation and the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibwa Nation. Several organizations have partnered with the Great Lakes Metis Council to execute this project: The United Way Bruce Grey, the City of Owen Sound, St. George’s Anglican Church, Grey Roots Museum and the Ginger Press. Another important collaboration will develop a walking tour of the significant Indigenous locations within the Owen Sound area known as Brooke, with audio story-telling stops recounting the history of the area. This project is championed by the First United Church, along with the Metis Centre, The Nikaanaganaa Centre and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

We are going to be travelling far and wide across Grey Bruce to take in all the terrific events. We’re looking forward to the Earth Film Festival, organized by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority. Their event will feature a Youth Day, films, cultural demonstrations and displays, all intended to inspire communion with the environment. The event will highlight the nation’s natural treasures, natural history and landscapes as well as focus on the traditions and place in history of our First Nations. There will also be great celebrations staged in the Blue Mountain area, at the Meaford Hall Opera House, in Brockton, and at the Point Clark Lighthouse.

If you want to keep abreast of all the Canada 150 events, like our Facebook page or follow the Foundation on Twitter @cfgreybruce to get updates and news on the celebrations. All of these Canada 150 projects are really about story-telling, the traditional method of communicating history throughout the years. Coming together during 2017, we are going to be creating new stories and fresh narratives that will shape the next century and a half for our great nation. 

Stuart Reid
Executive Director

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