About the Continuing the Journey Together….

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.

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

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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

WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP!

We are listening and can be reached by phone at 519-488-5415 or  Email us at wearelistening@journeytogetherstthomaselgin.ca

We are asking everyone across the St. Thomas-Elgin Region:

Do you have any family, friends or connections with people or organizations who may be interested in creating and helping with the Family Friendship Centre in St. Thoma?

Please Help Us By:

  • Getting the word out about what is happening
  • Share the link to this website

Other Specific Things You Can Do to Help:

  1. Would you help us share our information by helping promote our website? Send the information to 3 people today!
  2. Would you help us share our information by visiting our Facebook page, Like our page, and tag other people and organizations who may also help?
  3. Do you have a website, Facebook page, or Email distribution list that you could use to help us get the word out about the Family Friendship Centre?
  4. Can you share our information in the community in any other ways? For example, display our promotional material at your site or post our information on your website? Perhaps you have a newsletter, group meeting or community forum…any help is appreciated.

Thank you for your help and support, we appreciate everyone’s time and input