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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

Join Angie Abdou, Author of Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Join Angie Abdou on Friday, September 28th at 7:00 pm at Oxygen Art Centre (#3-320 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC) for an evening of discussion on her latest book, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom. In what promises to … Continue reading


  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) will be presenting Celebrate! 20 Years in the Making. This is a juried visual art exhibition in celebration of the RCAC’s 20th Anniversary. 20 Years in the Making is both about what … Continue reading

Culture Days Registration Deadline Extended!

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Thousands of top-notch events have registered for this year’s Culture Days! Yet, we’ve heard feedback that some of you need a little more time. So we’re extending the deadline—you now have until Thursday, September 20th at 11:59pm EDT to register … Continue reading

Love it Live Music Series at Pynelogs Cultural Centre – Upcoming Events

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Love It Live Series 2018-2019 October 2018 to March 2019 Love it Live Music Series at Pynelogs Cultural Centre hosted by Columbia Valley Arts Council. Intimate concert setting featuring a diverse mix of music genres. Cash Bar. Purchase tickets at … Continue reading

Cultural Human Resources Council Newsletter – September 2018

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Much of the work on Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) over the summer has been in the wings. See what’s been happening and about to happen…. Read more   Talent to Lead – Year … Continue reading

NYTimes: What Is Lost When a Museum Vanishes? In Brazil, a Nation’s Story

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Millions of objects were lost when fire gutted Brazil’s National Museum. But the meaning of such an institution is greater than the sum of its parts.   By Michael Kimmelman Sept. 16, 2018 Ash is still blowing through the park … Continue reading

idealware: September eNews: Tools You Can Use

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

At the beginning of every school year, I fill out a stack of paperwork for each of my two children. As I slog through page after page—the emergency contact information, the bus form, the photo release, the conduct policy, and … Continue reading

FPCC Now Accepting Applications for Arts Grants!

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

We wanted to let you know that FPCC is now accepting proposals to the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards (AADA) and Aboriginal Youth Engaged in the Arts (AYEA) programs. The programs are open to Indigenous artists, organizations, collectives and communities in … Continue reading

A Cathedral Whispers: Stained Glass of St. Saviour’s

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Non-profit workshops coming to the Basin this fall

  Tuesday September 18, 2018     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Are you part of a non-profit organization? Would you benefit from learning more about: Board governance and leadership Fundraising and grant funding Financial management Transitioning to the new BC Societies Act Selkirk College and College of the Rockies will be … Continue reading

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