Journey Together St. Thomas-Elgin Truth and Reconciliation Project

What’s happening at the project over the summer?

The purpose of the Journey Together St. Thomas-Elgin Truth & Reconciliation project is to complete a grant application to the Ontario Ministry of Education by September this year. The grant is focused on enhancing access to Indigenous-led early years programs for children and their families off reserve in St. Thomas-Elgin. The grant application will be submitted to the Ministry of Education in Ontario in the fall and we will know if we are successful and able to move forward by the end of the year.

At the end of March 2017,  the Journey Together St. Thomas-Elgin Truth & Reconciliation project began hearing from Indigenous community members. Since then the project has engaged with several Indigenous community members in St. Thomas-Elgin and from the larger region of southwestern Ontario. We have used a variety of ways to connect including in-person get-togethers, on the phone, through our social media options and in partnership with many community organizations.

Community Feedback Form~We would like to hear from all people in the Indigenous communities who live and/or work in St. Thomas-Elgin  

In late August, we will take all the different experiences, requests and information we have heard over the past few months and complete a grant application for programs and services in St. Thomas-Elgin. The voices will be from both Indigenous community members who live and/or work in St. Thomas-Elgin along with people who participated, directed and shared with us from the larger region.

We will write the grant application to reflect the voices of all the people and partners we were able to engage with from March through August of 2017.

If you are new to the Journey Together project here in our community, please visit our About Us page to learn more

What Are We Hearing So Far?

As we approach summer, we are starting to look at what themes and priorities are emerging from the community sharing. Our Indigenous community members are saying what is important and what they need or want in their community for their children and family.

The most important things so far are….

Aboriginal Cultural, Learning & Celebration

Recreational Activities 

Outdoor or Nature Activities

Skill Building Classes

Child Mental Health Support

We are growing and learning more every day about what parents, grandparents and caregivers in the Indigenous community in St. Thomas-Elgin are saying about what they want and need for their children and families in our community

If you would like to have a say in any or all of these areas please Email us at wearelistening@journeytogetherstthomaselgin.ca and we can set up a time to connect with you.

Journey Together St. Thomas-Elgin Partnerships

We Are Looking to Create Partnerships With People From The Indigenous Community Who Would Like To Lead/Facilitate Journey Together Activities, Programs and/or Services