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Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program - Supported Projects

The following organizations have received funding under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program:

2015/16 

  • White Wolf Spirit Children’s Drumming & Singing Group - $5,000 to teach their members how to make hand drums


  • Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation - $15,000 to document stories through traditional oral storytelling while simultaneously recording the geographic information from the story using mobile GIS technology


  • NunatuKavut Community Council - $10,000 to inventory cultural knowledge-holders in their communities


  • Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation - $5,000 to organize an eight-day basic survival technique program to instill awareness and educate 12 youth on the importance of being prepared when out on the land


  • Norpen Aboriginal Women's Circle – $2,000 to organize a workshop with activities such as smudging, drum-making, making and painting shakers, language lessons, pipe ceremony, crafts, talking circles and other teachings


  • Benoit First Nation - $8,300 to conduct eight oral history interviews that were edited into a booklet entitled Visiting with our Mi’kmaq Elders


  • Corner Brook Aboriginal Women's Association - $4,000 to organize two drum making workshops


2014/15

  • Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Cultural Revival Committee - $1,000 to work in partnership with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation to hold a workshop on making traditional moccasins


  • Corner Brook Aboriginal Women’s Association - $1,500 to work in partnership with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation to hold a workshop on beading patterns and techniques to make a pair of moccasins


  • Flat Bay Band - $4,000 to safeguard the traditions and culture of the Mi’kmaq people in Bay St. George by filming a variety of teachings, crafts and other traditional activities that will be made available online


  • kANGIDLUASUk Student Program - $6,000 to include two Nunatsiavut elders in the youth program at the Torngat Mountains Base Camp


  • Miawpukek First Nation - $3,000 to revive the Men’s Drum group and create a Women’s Handheld Drum group


  • Mi’kmaq Culture Group in Stephenville Crossing - $1,000 to host community sessions on aspects of Mi’kmaq culture including drumming, medicine bags, music, storytelling, language, talking circles and spirituality


  • Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network - $3,000 to host a retreat for Aboriginal women that will expose the participants to culturally-based healing and wellness through the use of healing circles and traditional ceremonies


  • Norpen Aboriginal Women’s Circle - $2,000 to host cultural activities that will safeguard and promote Mi’kmaq traditions


  • Nunatsiavut Government – Department of Health and Social Development – $900 to purchase drums that will be used by youth interested in Inuit drum dancing


  • NunatuKavut Community Council - $10,000 to document and raise awareness of the traditional activities and knowledge surrounding the relationship between the Southern Inuit people and the Labrador Husky


  • Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation - $7,745 to hold workshops on traditional herbal remedies in three regions to pass along knowledge of various local plants


  • Rigolet Inuit Community Government - $2,195 to revive the tradition of throat-singing by hosting a workshop in Rigolet


  • St. George’s Indian Band Council - $1,375 to host community sessions on Mi’kmaq teachings and activities at the K’taqmkuk Mi’kmaq Museum


  • St. John’s Native Friendship Centre - $6,000 to teach children the core concepts and cultural significance of the drum to First Nations and Inuit culture in the province


2013/14

  • Melgignat Mi'kmaq Women's Group in partnership with the Indian Cove Women's Circle - $2,000 to teach Aboriginal women to make traditional medicine bags and bundles, and to teach young people how to make traditional regalia


  • Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network - $1,000 to support traditional activities such as sweetgrass braiding and storytelling that will take place during the Bay St. George Powwow


  • Gander Bay Indian Band Council - $1,000 to assist the Band purchase digital recording equipment that will help them initiate an oral history project


  • Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation - $12,000 to conduct an extensive inventory of cultural knowledge, including traditional skills held by Mi'kmaq Elders living in Newfoundland, to ensure the safeguarding and promotion of culture, language and traditions



  • Nunatsiavut Government - $10,000 to document Inuit games that were played every day. These games will be incorporated into the Torngasok Cultural Centre


  • kANGIDLUASUk Student Program - $8,000 to include the involvement of two Nunatsiavut Elders with the youth program at the Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research. The Elders facilitated small workshops involving soapstone carving and seal skin cleaning


  • White Elephant Museum - $4,000 to provide training in digital storytelling to increase accessibility to their intangible cultural heritage


  • Corner Brook Aboriginal Women's Association - $4,000 to raise community awareness of Mi'kmaq history, culture and heritage by holding a 2-day workshop on traditional beading techniques and basic traditional earring and pendant making


  • Miawpukek First Nation - $1,000 to help pass along traditional knowledge and practices to the community and school children by offering workshops and presentations in traditional practices such as drummaking, canoe making, eel spears, snowshoes, jewelry and regalia


  • Flat Bay Indian Band - $2,000 to provide dance teachings to children age 2-12 to safeguard the traditions and culture of the Mi'kmaq people in Bay St. George


  • Torngat Arts & Crafts - $1,000 to help support the 6th katilautta Music Festival in Nain

2012/13

  • St. John's Native Friendship Centre, St. John's – $10,000 to pass along Aboriginal knowledge and traditions from elders to youth through three rediscovery camps


  • Torngat Arts and Crafts Inc., Nain – $8,000 to deliver a sealskin workshop to revive the art and skill of cleaning and sewing sealskins


  • Miawpukek First Nation, Conne River – $7,500 to revive traditional dances by hosting a hoop and grass dancing workshop in June


  • Flat Bay Indian Band, Flat Bay – $6,500 to help safeguard the traditions and culture of the Mi'kmaq people by providing traditional craft and Living Circle teachings to youth


  • Exploits Native Women Drummers, Norris Arm – $6,000 to host a workshop to learn the history of regalia and how to make your own


  • Northern Lights Dog Sledding, Happy Valley-Goose Bay – $5,000 to assist in the development of a cultural experiential business by working with an established dog sledding business


  • Department of Health and Social Development, Nunatsiavut Government, Makkovik – $1,000 to provide support for the 20th Annual Jamboree in March 2013


  • Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network, Stephenville – $1,000 to feast a newly constructed wigwam at the Powwow in Flat Bay

2011/12

  • Flat Bay Indian Band - $7,000 to provide Mi'kmaq teachings to children to safeguard the traditions and culture of the Mi'kmaq people in Bay St. George


  • St. John's Native Friendship Centre - $10,000 to carry out a week-long workshop based on the teachings of the Inuit, Mi'kmaq and Innu drums


  • Rigolet Inuit Community Government - $5,000 to deliver workshops to pass on the tradition of craft making, including moose hides, slippers, mittens, Inuit dolls, grass work and other crafts


  • Corner Brook Aboriginal Women's Association - $5,000 to raise awareness of Mi'kmaq culture and heritage by holding a workshop to revive the knowledge of basket-making


  • Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network - $7,000 to hold workshops in Bay St. George, Bay of Islands and Central Newfoundland. The participants will work with a traditional song carrier and Elder to develop, document and produce a series of practice tapes that will be used to continue the development of song groups in each region


  • Miawpukek First Nation - $15,000 to develop and document seasonal activities for the Young Men's Cultural Group


  • Bay St. George Mi'kmaq Cultural Revival Committee - $1,000 to support their annual Powwow in July that safeguards and promotes their cultural heritage

2010/11

  • Federation of Newfoundland Indians, Corner Brook – $11,000 to digitize and archive oral history interviews with Mi'kmaq peoples from Western and Central Newfoundland


  • Torngâsok Cultural Centre, Nain – $9,000 to record knowledge from Inuit Elders regarding the tradition of stone inuksuit


  • Miawpukek First Nation, Conne River– $9,000 to develop a Mi'kmaq Medicinal Walk, which will provide the community and visitors with information on the plants and herbs used in traditional healing


  • Nunatsiavut Government, Makkovik – $8,000 to undertake an Elders' Storytelling Project that will preserve local culture and be used as a teaching tool for future generations


  • Flat Bay Indian Band, Flat Bay – $6,000 to deliver workshops on Mi'kmaq traditions in the week leading up to the 2010 Flat Bay Powwow


  • Corner Brook Aboriginal Women's Association, Corner Brook – $2,000 to organize ritual performance workshops that will encourage participation in Mi'kmaq traditions such as smudging, drumming, singing and dancing


  • St. George's Indian Band, St. George's – $1,550 to organize a workshop on the traditional skill of spruce root basket weaving

2009/10

  • Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council, Sheshatshiu - $7,000 for Phase II of the Innu Banner Project to depict photographs of Innu people and places, and give Innu youth the opportunity to explore their personal and cultural identity, family stories, observations and dreams through the media of photography, video and audio recording.. In 2008/09, $15,000 was provided to support Phase I


  • Nin Tshaukuesh Book Committee, Sheshatshiu - $6,000 to translate and annotate Dr. Elizabeth Penashue's diaries


  • Torngat Arts and Crafts Incorporated, Nain - $6,000 for development of a Pattern Library


  • Miawpukek First Nation, Conne River - $11,000 to document the traditional skill of birch bark canoe building


  • Torngâsok Cultural Centre, Nain - $6,000 for language preservation during the documentation of the 50th anniversary of the closing of the mission in Hebron. The Centre worked with the OKâlaKatiget Society to record the interaction between youth and elders and the use of the Inuttitut language


  • Bay St. George Cultural Circle, Stephenville - $3,000 for Mi'Kmaq youth camp to introduce twenty local children to the history and culture of their Mi'Kmaq ancestors with activities such as smudging, singing, dancing, drumming, native crafts and talking circles


  • Labrador Friendship Centre, Happy Valley-Goose Bay - $1,000 for Annual Multi-Cultural Youth Gathering


  • St. John's Native Friendship Centre - $1,000 for Camp Joshua in Lewisporte to provide adopted Inuit children with cultural experiences to help connect them to their native heritage. Workshop leaders from the Native Friendship Centre showed the children how to make their own traditional Inuit drum

2008/09

  • Miawpukek First Nation, Conne River - $15,000 to deliver Aboriginal programs throughout the summer to educate and inform visitors about the rich heritage and culture of the Mi'kmaq of Newfoundland, including their traditions, customs, religion, land usage, arts and crafts.


  • Makkovik Inuit Community Government, Makkovik - $5,000 to host a drum-making workshop and create outfits


  • Torngâsok Cultural Centre, Nain - $15,000 to document a traditional seal hunt through the eyes of an Inuit hunter. The Centre partnered with the OKâlaKatiget Society to film a hunter as he went out on the ice. A DVD was produced that was sent to schools, colleges and universities in the province to raise awareness of the importance of this traditional activity to the Inuit. The use of Inuttitut on the DVD will help to safeguard the language


  • NunatuKavut (Labrador Metis Nation), Happy Valley-Goose Bay - $15,000 to collect, safeguard and celebrate Inuit-Metis intangible cultural heritage from communities in the south of Labrador. The LMN also organized a successful Metis Friends and Family day with activities such as soap carving for children, an Elder's Storytelling tent, a traditional food tasting tent, and other traditional activities


  • Federation of Newfoundland Indians, Corner Brook - $15,000 to gather, document and record Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK)


  • Sheshatshiu Innu Band Council, Sheshatshiu - $10,000 to document the terms associated with fauna (animals, birds, insects, fish, amphibians) in the Innu language. This project was undertaken in collaboration with MUN's Department of Linguistics and the CURA project for Innu Language Development


  • St. George's Indian Band Council, Barachois Brook - $1,000 to support cultural activities that reflect the Mi'kmaq culture, including language, spirituality, crafts, games, foods and history


  • Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network, Stephenville - $1,000 to support a workshop that recognizes the role of Aboriginal women as leaders and nurturers in their communities


  • Port Au Port Indian Band and Indian Head First Nations Band - $1,000 to support a celebration of traditional Mi'kmaq activities


  • Exploits Native Women's Association, Grand Falls-Windsor - $1,000 to support an Elders Feast that included a craft and cultural awareness session

 

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