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Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization

This is a very powerful and imporant work which may help inform your work in the arts, culture and heritage sector. It was forwarded to me by Duff Sutherland, SCFA.

Reconciliation Canada is also a great resource for further information, programs, workshops and speakers: ReconciliationCanada.ca

Read The Manual

As part of a commitment to implement the TRC recommendations FPSE has produced, Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization. The manual was also inspired by the work and activism of the indigenous leader, Arthur Manuel. You may remember that Arthur Manuel spoke at the college a couple of years ago as part of FPSE/SCFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee's speaker series.

The manual consists of short articles by mostly indigenous writers about the profoundly destructive impact of colonialism on their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. There are articles about the effect of being dispossessed from traditional lands, the regime of the Indian Act, schooling of children, the treaty process, the suppression of indigenous law, culture and world view, and missing and murdered indigenous women. There are also articles about resurgence and resistance, and the pathway to reconciliation through decolonization.

The manual concludes with Justice Murray Sinclair's 2017 convocation speech at TRU's Law School in which he tells graduates that, "you have to believe that doing something about this history is the right thing to do and you have to be fearless in doing what you can."

The cover includes a quotation from Arthur Manuel, "wishing you a wonderful experience decolonizing yourself." There was laughter about that at the official launch of the manual at Emily Carr University in March.

The manual is 78 pages long; I read it in an evening. To me it provides good context for discussions about indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.


Creston Valley Arts Council GIFT SHOP!

Visit the Arts Council Gift shop and see our display of local art and fine craft.

See Our Poster

Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
Sunday 10am - 2 pm

Where: Creston Visitors Centre, 121 Northwest Blvd. Creston BC

2018 BC Culture Days Ambassadors Announced

BC Culture Days has announced the winners of the 2018 Ambassador and Awards program. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000 ($500 production budget + $500 Artist Honorarium) to present a Culture Days activity and act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days leading up to the Culture Days weekend, September 28, 29, and 30.


Changes to the BC Society Act


Law For Non Profits

The new Societies Act is here. Today we launch our free on-demand Webinar on Vimeo, and information about the Law for Non Profits Transition Hubs.

Here is a one-page flyer with the links and information. Please forward to your network, or print and post where it is relevant for others:



January 8, 2016

Columbia Basin Trust commits 15 per cent increase to support local projects

(Columbia Basin) – Community projects will be getting access to more funds this spring through Columbia Basin Trust's popular Community Initiatives and Affected Areas programs. The Trust announced a 15 per cent increase from $3.6 million per year throughout the Basin, to over $4.2 million per year for each of the next five years.

"We are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with local governments and First Nations to identify local priorities and deliver benefits to Basin communities," said Neil Muth, President and CEO. "The ultimate goal is to support the projects that are important to residents, and we know this increase will help communities do more."

Started in 1998, these programs are the Trust's longest running granting programs designed to help address the needs of Basin communities. The Trust distributes funds to local government and First Nation partners once a year, and communities then use various methods—from local council decisions to votes from residents—to decide which projects will receive grants.

"We are very pleased that CBT has decided to increase the funding for this program," said Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee. "Over the past 18 years, the program has provided significant support for many community projects that could not have proceeded without the funds provided by the Trust, and these projects have really benefitted our residents and improved their quality of life in many ways."

"From Better Babies to seniors programs, educational initiatives, environmental projects and community hall renovations, the Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs have provided critical support to a broad range of projects that have directly benefited the residents in our communities," says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. "Every year we are over-subscribed, and the increase in funding is fantastic news as it will allow even more people to benefit from these valuable programs."

The new five-year commitment totals over $21 million and extends to 2021.

To learn more about the programs and view upcoming deadlines visit cbt.org/cipaap.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust's programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.

Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs: Annual Funding 2016/17–2020/21

All areas receive Community Initiatives funding, while the communities and areas around the Arrow, Kinbasket, Duncan and Koocanusa reservoirs which were most affected by the construction of the Treaty dams, also receive Affected Areas funding.

Local Government Annual Funding
City of Revelstoke $404,269
Ktunaxa Nation Council (four bands) $144,900
Shuswap Band $36,225
Regional District of Central Kootenay $1,486,213
Regional District of East Kootenay $1,197,531
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary $354,973
Town of Golden $325,562
Village of Valemount $261,950

Kootenay Arts Bulletin News

Job Opportunity at RVAC

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Join the Team! The Revelstoke Visual Arts Society is currently accepting applications for Executive Director position. Please click here to find out more about this position. Thank you! Advertisements

Alliance News / A Closer Look at the Canada Council’s Digital Strategy Fund

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Featured In This Issue A Closer Look at the Canada Council’s Digital Strategy Fund Hot Off the Blog: Register for Arts Day on the Hill 2018 What’s On This Week: August 15-21   A Closer Look at the Canada Council’s … Continue reading

Idealware: Download Our Free Article, “Nonprofit Best Practices: Online Donation Appeals”

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Expert advice to help you make the most of your online fundraising appeals. Have you done everything you can to make it easy for people who support your mission and organization to donate online? If not, you’re leaving money on … Continue reading

BC Culture Days Celebrates Nine Years of Community-driven Arts and Cultural Engagement Throughout British Columbia

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Thousands of British Columbians across the province to participate in open rehearsals, workshops, discussions, tours and collaborative art projects, as part of the nation-wide Culture Days celebration, September 28-30 Vancouver, BC (August 15, 2018) — BC Culture Days is back … Continue reading

BCTC’s August 2018 Newsletter

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

IN THIS ISSUE Pacific Contact 2019 Showcase Applications Pacific Contact 2019 + Future Dates & Location Aspiring Emerging Artists (AEA) Initiative  Industry News Pacific Contact 2019 will take place April 4-7 at the Hilton Metrotown Hotel with showcases at the … Continue reading

From our Vantage Point podcast ep. 40 – Tips for your first 6 months as a board member

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Special Guest: Nav Nagra Nav Nagra, a dedicated arts sector volunteer, received an exciting opportunity in her inbox – a board role with the Vancouver Art/Book Fair. She took the leap into this board position in early 2018, leveraging her … Continue reading

Heritage BC Update: Have you added your voice to a Year of Action? (one minute of your time could lead to funding)

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Highlighting The Blue Cabin, Vancouver 2016 Heritage Legacy Fund recipient, Heritage Conservation Project The long-term vision for this project is to remediate and repurpose the Blue Cabin as a sustainable floating artist residency, to continue its life as an artist … Continue reading

Arts participation / Performing arts: Arts Research Monitor Vol 17 No 4

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

In this issue: A focus on arts and culture participation and the situation of the performing arts, including two Canadian surveys and two American studies.   Culture Track Canada Business / Arts, June 2018 Culture Track Canada summarizes survey findings … Continue reading

Culture Days Newsletter: #PlayOnBeat and Win with the Culture Days Contest

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

#PlayOnBeat with Culture Days Culture Days and Sun Life Financial invite you to #PlayOnBeat! In the spirit of our national programming theme ‘OnBeat’, this year’s contest calls for players to explore the world of rhythm through five video interviews with … Continue reading

Scarecrow Festival – Creston’s Best Scarecrow

  Friday August 17, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Is your scarecrow Creston’s Best Scarecrow? Entry Deadline is August 20. ————————- The Creston Valley Arts Council, in conjunction with the Creston Valley Fall Fair Association, the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and the RDCK ( Area B – Tanya … Continue reading

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