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Green Wood receives Ontario 150 funding for project

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

PORT HOPE - 

Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi announced Wednesday $10,000 in Ontario 150 funding to a Green Wood Coalition project.

Full Circle Days is their three-day free program taking place in Port Hope this week Wednesday through Friday, with activities aimed at fostering a better understanding of Canada’s shared history of Indigenous peoples and welcoming Indigenous voices to be heard through educational and cultural activities.

“I think we’re at a critical point in the history of relations between settlers and Indigenous people, and we need to be creating spaces like Full Circle Days, where we can encounter each other to explore ways of listening, and to think about our part in the healing process,” Green Wood community director David Sheffield commented in the press release.

As Ontario celebrates it 150th year in 2017, the province is providing funding to 367 events and celebrations. And the Community Celebration Program is one of three community-based Ontario 150 grant programs designed to promote community engagement, empower young people and contribute to economic growth.

As well as celebrating a milestone year, the release said, these investments are aimed at creating jobs, growing the economy and helping people int their every-day lives.’

Rinaldi said the funding awarded to the Port Hope event celebrates the milestone in a way that is meaningful to the community.

“This investment will put a spotlight on our region, highlighting our diversity, heritage and culture for residents and tourists to enjoy and discover,” the MPP stated.

For the final day of Full Circle Days today at Memorial Park, there will be Indigenous Awareness Workshops at 1 p.m. followed by a Kairos Blanket Exercise with First Peoples House of Learning (Trent University) at 2 p.m. Register for free for the Blanket Exercise at greenwoodcoalition@gmail.com.