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.
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.