by Esther Bryan
On the afternoon of April 8th, SD&G MPP Jim McDonell announced that Quilt of Belonginghas been awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant of $56,500 over 12 months to create a dynamic new website with current technology, information and educational resources. The Quilthas become a trusted source of cultural information for Canada and the new site will increase access to educational and cultural resources by creating an on-line hub which will feature updated cultural profiles for all Canadians.
The Quilt’s educational resources will be put on-line free-of-charge, and will be designed to be interactive, fun and relevant for students and educators at all grade levels. They will be translated into French, Mohawk, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Inuktituk.
Our partners for this endeavour include The Native North American Travelling College, The Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami , The Canadian Ethnocultural Council, Centre Charles-Émile Claude , Centre Culturel de Cornwall and the project is further supported by The Akwesasne Area Management Board.
MPP Jim McDonell says “Quilt of Belonging is a tangible testimony to Ontario’s and Canada’s diversity, openness and unity. Through its tours and educational material, the Quilt has brought together Canadians across generational, cultural and geographic divides. This Trillium grant will help the Quilt improve its on-line presence in order to deliver its bright message to more Canadians and have the best chance of having a meaningful impact. I extend my sincere congratulations to the Quilt of Belonging for this recognition of the outstanding work they continue to do in spreading a message of hope, community and tolerance. “