About the New Continuing Journey in St. Thomas Elgin….
The original Journey Together St. Thomas-Elgin Truth and Reconciliation Project (JTSTE) was a local project in St. Thomas-Elgin that was funded by the Ministry of Education (EDU). The JTSTE project goal was to develop a local grant application that would have enhanced access to culturally relevant, Indigenous-led early years programs and services off-reserve, including child care and child and family programs. This JTSTE was a collaborative project, working with people from our community along with program and service delivery organizations to identify immediate and long-term opportunities important to the region. Want to know even more details, Tap/Click Here for the Whole Story
Since the announcement in the fall of 2017 that the original grant application was not successful we have still been working!
We are excited to continue the work despite our setback.
Better Together ~ Sharing Our Stories
The Destination Church in St. Thomas Ontario under the leadership of Beth Fellinger, the church’s Senior Minister has come forward in our community of St. Thomas Elgin to offer space, refreshment, and support to help create opportunities where listening and sharing with people in the Indigenous community can take place right here in our community. Beth is dedicated to providing a Family Friendship Centre that is Indigenous-led and where everyone who wants to participate can come, listen, share experiences and have time together.
We Are Continuing to Listen to What Indigenous Community Members Want At A Family Friendship Centre In St. Thomas Elgin
Additionally, we have a Facebook Page and are also using other social media such as Twitter (@jtste2017) to work collaboratively and effectively in trying to reach all the people from the St. Thomas-Elgin Indigenous community, who would like to know more about what is happening at the Destination Church in St. Thomas as they continue to work with the Indigenous community to create a Family Friendship Centre.
What the Continuing The Journey Together Initiative Is Working On:
- Bring more of an understanding about the legacy of residential schools to our region
- Close gaps and remove barriers that our Indigenous community face when looking for or accessing programs and services in St. Thomas-Elgin
- Supporting Indigenous culture through programs and services such as language from traditional cultures, traditional medicine gardens, youth activities in schools and cultural camps
- Reconciling relationships with Indigenous Peoples by leading by example and ensuring our community organizations participate in cultural competency and anti-racism training
In a recent post, we talked about all the things families and children need to create and maintain health, well-being and happier lives. We need to listen and hear about what early years programs and services our parents, grandparents and caregivers from the Indigenous community need and want for their children, families and community.
A safe and stable place to live
Reliable and adequate income/employment
Access to nutritious food
Education and learning opportunities
Access to health services
Belonging and participation in social networks
Practice and promotion of culture/language