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. 

The first phase of Engage for Change has now concluded – 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 and the second path focuses on supporting initiatives within the city of Kingston and with the Corporation of the City of Kingston. The main components of this phase include:

Talking Circle Partnerships

The City-led talking circles that formed the backbone of 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 of $2,000 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, contact Jennifer Campbell. Current partners and talking circle events are listed below.

Community Harvest

  • July 25, 2018, 2:30-5 p.m., Harvest Day at Community Harvest Market, St. Matthew's United Church, 31 Weller Ave.
  • February 8,  2019,  10 a.m. - 2 p.m., A Celebration with a Teaching and Sharing Gratitude with Food, Kingston Community Health Centre

Kingston Frontenac Public Library

September 28, 2018, Community Talking Circle

Kingston Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health

  • October 11, 2018, Indigenous cultural awareness, sensitivity and competency talking circle

Community-led Programming

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

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 ($5,736.41)
  • World Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 ($2,080)
  • Busing to Tyendinaga Pow Wow 2018 (in partnership with the Metis Nation of Ontario) ($645.84)
  • Busing to Sisters in Spirit Event 2018 (in partnership with the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston) ($431.04)
  • Katarokwi Indigenous Wellness Day 2018 ($1996.56)
  • Dia de los Meurtos 2018 ($1461.80)

Facilitated Engagement

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. If you are interested in learning more about upcoming engagement events (listed below) please contact Jennifer Campbell.

  • Engage for Change Phase II Community Launch – February 10 at Rideau Heights Community Centre and Library
  • Spring 2019 – Facilitated community meeting, details TBD
  • Summer 2019 - Facilitated community meeting, details TBD
  • Fall 2019 - Facilitated community meeting, details TBD

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.

Talking Circle