The Government of Canada is providing funding through the Inter-Action grants and contributions program
EDMONTON, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, today announced that the Department of Canadian Heritage will provide total funding of more than $1.16 million for four Edmonton-area projects. The projects are receiving funding through Inter-Action, the Government of Canada's multiculturalism grants and contributions program. Inter-Action provides funding to community engagement and development projects that promote intercultural understanding and equal opportunities for people of all cultures.
The Governors of the University of Alberta will receive funding for its project Contrer l'homo-trans/phobie parmi les immigrants francophones des minorités visibles, which provides a safe space for youth to learn about the experiences of LGBTQ2 minorities who have faced discrimination and exclusion from their communities.
The project Right Relations in Canada: Youth and Adult Education Network, administered by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, will receive funding for a three-year initiative that seeks to bring together both youth and adult educators from newcomer, immigrant, low-income, Indigenous, disability, and settler communities to develop skills and advance reconciliation, diversity, anti-racism, and human rights.
The Edmonton Centre for Race and Culture's project Unheard Youth Voices will produce a podcast about migration, identity and belonging by sharing the stories of connections between migrant and Canadian-born youth.
Finally, the Alliance Jeunesse Famille de l'Alberta Society will receive support for its project Jeunes ambassadeurs itinerants, which offers young Canadians workshops on intercultural dialogue and conflict resolution, as well as learn on the causes of racism and how they can be counteracted.
Diversity and inclusion are central to who we are as Canadians. By receiving support through the Inter-Action program, projects such as these help create bonds between all Canadians by working to eliminate discrimination, racism and prejudice.
"I am proud of programs like Inter-Action, which directly supports projects that promote Canada's diversity and inclusion, and fosters a better understanding between our distinct and varied communities. The diversity of Canadians has shaped our country into a strong and inclusive society. Only by continuing to grow our mutual understanding and strengthening our bonds will our country continue to thrive."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism
Through the Projects component of the Inter-Action program, the Governors of the University of Alberta will receive $390,235 and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights will receive $252,735 over three years. The Edmonton Centre for Race and Culture will receive $128,982 and the Alliance jeunesse famille de l'Alberta society will receive $392,325 over two years.
Since launching the first round of funding in March 2017, the Projects component of the Inter-Action program has received more than 250 project applications from organizations in communities across Canada.
The Program has two components, the Projects component and the Events component. The Projects component follows a call-for-applications process and focuses on long term, multi-year projects that are national in scope.
The Events component of Inter-Action accepts applications year-round and provides grants to support and promote community based events.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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