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I have always believed that eliminating racism takes cooperation among community members in sharing their experiences, celebrating their differences, acknowledging their similarities and finding solutions. Part of the Government of Alberta’s strategy for inspiring Albertans to celebrate our diversity is by supporting community-led efforts with the Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Inclusion Grant Program.
The first-ever recipients of the Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Inclusion Grant Program will soon be launching their projects in communities across Alberta. With a wide range of community programs, educational resources and campaigns, there are many different ways Albertans can get involved in these projects. I am especially excited by the number of online initiatives that are accessible across the province.
The Girls Incorporated of Northern Alberta Society is an example of a recipient from the Indigenous stream. They are growing their pilot curriculum that connects Indigenous and non-Indigenous girls using storytelling as a method for healing and teaching. Ultimately, this project will help girls in Northern Alberta support each other and break the cycle of gender-based and intergenerational violence against Indigenous women.
The next deadline for applications is September 1, 2021. I encourage non-profit organizations to apply with great ideas for how to celebrate multiculturalism, promote inclusion and end racism. All of the program details and application information can be found on the Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Inclusion Grant webpage.
Recipients of the first intake of this grant will continue to be profiled on the @AlbertaCulture Twitter account, so make sure to follow along and learn about ways you can participate!
Leela Aheer served as Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women from April 30, 2019 to July 7, 2021.