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Ontario Arts Council

Indigenous Culture Fund Engagement: Results and Response

Between November 2016 and May 2017, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) engaged with Indigenous partners across Ontario to inform the development of the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF). 
 
ICF was created to support cultural priorities and activities as defined by Indigenous peoples and communities, including on and off-reserve, urban, rural and remote. 
 
For the engagement process, OAC and MTCS created a draft program framework, which was shared for feedback using three strategies:
 
  1. open engagements meetings,
  2. one-off meetings/attendance at existing conferences and events; and
  3. an online survey on OAC’s website.
 
The open engagement sessions were supported by at least one Elder or community leader. The meetings were attended by 94 people in the following locations:
  • March 2, Ottawa, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
  • March 8, Thunder Bay, Baggage Building Arts Centre
  • March 9, Sioux Lookout, Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre
  • March 28, Toronto, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
  • March 29, Six Nations of the Grand River, Six Nations Polytechnic
 
The OAC and MTCS met with representatives of the Chiefs of Ontario (November 2016 and April 2017), the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (December 2016), the Métis Nation of Ontario (December 2016 and May 2017), and the Independent First Nations Youth Working Group (December 2016 and March 2017).
 
The OAC set up an information booth and/or took part in meetings at the following events:
  • January 24-26, Sault Ste. Marie: Anishinabek Nation Health Conference (350 in attendance), information booth and meeting with Health Advisory Group.
  • February 16-18, Timmins: Great Moon Gathering (450 in attendance), information booth and meeting with Timmins Native Friendship Centre.
  • February 10-12, Sudbury: Ojibway Cultural Foundation Anishinaabewin 8 Conference (300 in attendance).
  • February 8-9, North Bay: Nipissing First Nation meeting, Aanmitaagzi meeting, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective meeting, individual artist meetings (10 in attendance).
  • March 7, Fort William First Nation: information session (40 in attendance).
  • March 9, Sioux Lookout: Equaywuk women’s gathering, information session (14 in attendance).
  • April 4, Wikwemikong: Wikwemikong First Nation Public Library, information session (12 in attendance).
  • April 10, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Community Centre: information session (17 in attendance).
  • April 11, Peterborough: Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, information session (20 in attendance).
 
 

Feedback Results and Responses

 
The feedback and responses below are divided into the categories of the Draft Program Framework:
  • Name and Goals of the Fund
  • Application Criteria and Amounts
  • Application Process
  • Assessment Process and Criteria
  • Reporting and Evaluation Process
  • Support for Applicants, Intellectual Property and Confidentiality
 
The tables below summarize the feedback provided and how OAC and MTCS responded to the feedback in the final program guidelines.


 

Name and Goals of the Fund


   

 

Application Criteria and Amounts

           

 

Application Process

       

 

Assessment Process and Criteria

     

 

Reporting and Evaluation Process

     


 

Support for Applicants, Intellectual Property and Confidentiality

               


 

General Feedback