Engage for Change
The Engage for Change project seeks to re-frame the relationship between Indigenous/First Peoples and non-Indigenous people in Kingston – especially as it relates to history, knowledge and culture.
The first phase of the City of Kingston's Engage for Change: YGK Reconciliation Journey won the Award of Excellence, Cultural Events, from the Creative City Network of Canada – read the full report on the project.
Phase II of Engage for Change (2018-2019)
Building off the first phase initiatives of Engage for Change, the second phase continues along two distinct but parallel paths. The first path focuses on working with the Indigenous community members through a series of facilitated engagements to explore and plan for what a community cultural centre or space could look like and to consider how a related support council or advisory board could function in Kingston.
The second path focuses on supporting Indigenous educational and programming initiatives within the city of Kingston and within the Corporation of the City of Kingston. The main components of this phase include educational partnerships and community programming and events.
Talking Circles and Educational Partnerships
The City-led talking circles that formed the backbone of the Engage for Change project in 2017 will continue through 2018-2019 through 10 partnership agreements with community groups to host their own E4C-style circles. The general talking circle format developed as part of the Engage for Change project will be shared through these partnerships, including a planning manual, resource list and overview of topics to be covered. Grants are available to assist community groups in working with Indigenous facilitators/educators. If you are from a community group and are interested in hosting your own talking circle or in seeking support for an educational event, contact Jennifer Campbell. Current partners and events are listed below.
2018 Educational Partnerships:
- July 25, 2018 - Community Harvest. Harvest Day at Community Harvest Market
- September 28, 2018 - Kingston Frontenac Public Library. Community Talking Circle
- October 11, 2018 - Kingston Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health. Indigenous cultural awareness, sensitivity and competency talking circle
2019 Educational Partnerships:
- January - December - Kingston Indigenous Language Nest and Loving Spoonful ($7,080)
- February 8 - Community Harvest. A Celebration with a Teaching and Sharing Gratitude with Food, Kingston Community Health Centre ($1,000)
- May 16 - Educational Pow Wow Showcase - Oakridge Park ($2,000)
Through the Engage for Change project the City of Kingston will invest $40,000 over 2018/19 to support community-led programming. If you are planning a community-led program or event with a focus on sharing Indigenous Culture and are interested in learning more about programming support, contact Jennifer Campbell. A list of community-led events that have received support from Engage for Change is found below and will be updated as new funding partnerships are made.
2018 Community Programs and Events
- June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day ($5,736.41)
- August 9 - World Indigenous Peoples Day ($2,080)
- August 11-12 - Busing to Tyendinaga Pow Wow (in partnership with the Metis Nation of Ontario) ($645.84)
- Busing to Sisters in Spirit Event (in partnership with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston) ($431.04)
- October 26 - Katarokwi Indigenous Day of Wellness ($1,996.56)
- November 2 - Dia de los Meurtos ($1,461.80)
2019 Community Programs and Events
New events will be added as partnerships are confirmed
- June 21 - Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day ($6,000)
- July 4 - Water Walk (planning in process)
- Aug 9 - World Indigenous Peoples Day ($2,000)
- August 10 1 to 4 p.m. - Prisoners Day of Justice – Indigenous led healing circle and gathering ($2,000), also supported by the Your Stories, Our Histories Project
- August 10-11 - Busing to Tyendinaga Pow Wow (in partnership with the Metis Nation of Ontario) (Planning in process)
- September 25 to 29 - Kingston WritersFest. Support for Indigenous storytelling and author participation ($1,100), also supported by the Your Stories, Our Histories Project
In order to identify actionable next steps between the Municipality and the Indigenous Community, a third-party facilitation team, First Peoples Group, (Council Report 18-377) has been contracted to guide a series of community conversations. The facilitation will focus on the need to create an Indigenous community council/committee to work with the City of Kingston on shared initiatives as well as to establish a plan to develop a community gathering space or cultural centre. If you are interested in learning more about upcoming engagement events (listed below) please contact Jennifer Campbell - Jennifer is also happy to receive your input outside of these scheduled engagement events. Paper copies of resources shared at these engagement events are available and will be distributed as requested to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share their feedback and ideas.
- February 10, 2019 - Engage for Change Phase II Community Launch. Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library
- July 9-10, 2019 - How Could a Cultural Centre Operate? Facilitated community meetings.
- August 2019 - Feedback session and next steps on Culture Centre Operations Model. Facilitated community meetings.
- Week of September 16, 2019 - How could an Indigenous Community Council/Committee Work in Kingston?. Facilitated community meetings. Times and locations to be confirmed.
- Sept. 17, 2019 - "Sir John A. 360" panel discussion event. Register to confirm your seat. This is a shared event with the Your Stories, Our Histories Community Consultation Project
- Oct. 16-17, 2019 - "Sir John A. 360" community workshops. How can we tell an inclusive history of Sir John. A. Macdonald? Times and locations to be confirmed. Sign up for more information. This is a shared event with the Your Stories, Our Histories Community Consultation Project
- Week of Oct.15, 2019 - Feedback session and next steps toward an Indigenous Community Council/Committee. Facilitated community meetings. Times and locations to be confirmed.
- November 2019 - Engage for Change Year End Report - What we Heard in 2019 and Next Steps. Facilitated Review Meeting. Times and locations to be confirmed.
Pointing the Way
Kingston's Engage for Change project is rooted in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and guided by recommendations contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Findings and 94 Calls to Action.