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New Indigenous Culture Fund

New Indigenous Culture Fund

Toronto, February 13, 2017 – Ontario is creating a new fund, the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF), to support Indigenous cultural expression and ways of life.

The fund will be administered by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) on behalf of theMinistry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). 

MTCS, in partnership with OAC, is hosting engagement meetings to provide an opportunity for Indigenous partners across Ontario to learn more about ICF and provide feedback on the proposed program design.

You are invited to attend the meeting closest to your location.

Meeting schedule

Ottawa March 2 Wabano Centre for
Aboriginal Health
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thunder Bay March 8 Baggage Building
Arts Centre
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sioux Lookout March 9 Nishnawbe-Gamik
Friendship Centre
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Toronto March 28 Native Canadian
Centre of Toronto
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Six Nations of the
Grand River
March 29 Six Nations Polytechnic 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please note that OAC will be in other locations attending meetings and events.

Can’t attend a meeting but want to give feedback on the Indigenous Culture Fund program design?

Click here to review the proposed framework and fill out the ICF Feedback Form.

Is there funding to cover travel expenses?

Yes, funding is available to cover travel and accommodation costs (e.g. mileage, parking, flights, hotel and meals). Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with Ontario’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive.

Participants must book their own travel and accommodation and must retain original receipts in order to be reimbursed.

Travel and accommodation costs must be preapproved to be eligible for reimbursement.

For all questions related to travel (including the reimbursement process) or if you have accessibility needs that require accommodation, please contact:
Isidra Cruz
Associate Indigenous Arts Officer, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7454 | toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7454
If you would like to schedule a meeting in your region, please contact:
Darlene Naponse
Indigenous Community Engagement Developer, Ontario Arts Council
For more information about the Indigenous Culture Fund:
Kerry Swanson
Associate Director of Granting, Ontario Arts Council
416-646-7469 | toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7469

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