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Engage for Change wins Creative City Network Award of Excellence

November 8, 2018 -

The first phase of the City of Kingston's Engage for Change: YGK Reconciliation Journey has won the Award of Excellence, Cultural Events, from the Creative City Network of Canada. It was presented this week at the Creative City Network Summit in Mississauga.

"This award recognizes the commitment of the Kingston community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to supporting, educating and collaborating on our shared path of reconciliation. It is a great recognition of our collective efforts over the last two years and calls attention to the initiatives that still lay ahead of us," says Colin Wiginton, cultural director. 

He notes that there are approximately 7,000 Indigenous people living in Kingston which sits on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples.

The City worked with 15 community partners during the first phase of Engage for Change (E4C), 2016-2017. The project brought together a number of community focused programs aimed at fostering learning through inclusive dialogue, education, celebration and performance. The project included:

  • 10 community talking circles
  • An inquiry-based education program for grades seven/eight focused on residential schools and reconciliation
  • A project blog and video series on the City's YouTube channel
  • The sponsorship of Indigenous community performances and cultural events

The phase of the E4C project currently underway (2018-2019) focuses on a facilitated engagement with the Indigenous community to identify community needs and to outline actionable next steps for their achievement and offers support for groups to host E4C-style talking circles and/or Indigenous-led community and cultural events. The third phase of E4C (2020-2021) will draw together the first two phases and will culminate in the development of City of Kingston Indigenous Community protocol.

In 2017, E4C received $83,600 in funding from the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage Celebration & Commemoration Program – Canada 150 Fund.

The Creative City Network of Canada is a national non-profit organization made up of municipalities, arts organizations and individuals working to support cultural development in their communities. To see the Creative City, Cultural Events award description and criteria, see: www.CreativeCity.ca/awards/cultural-events-award .

Find out more about E4C at: www.CityofKingston.ca/EngageforChange.

See the Engage for Change Blog at: www.historyandinnovation.ca/engage-for-change