ICA is very excited to announce a grant from Canadian Heritage for a two-year ICA Indigenous Journey project.
In this project, we will work with the Called to Action Collaborative (a team of consultants that includes Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, coordinated by Arrive Consulting), our staff, and members of the community towards these significant, organizational goals:
- To strengthen relationships, partnerships and networks with Indigenous Peoples, communities and organizations in the region
- To integrate Indigenous perspectives and protocols into ICA policies, programs, communications and physical spaces
- To increase Indigenous engagement and training opportunities for ICA Board, staff, clients and stakeholders
- To provide newcomers with increased awareness of Indigenous cultures
The grant from Canadian Heritage will help us to build relationships and deepen ICA’s organizational capacity to work more effectively with Indigenous people in our area of operation. While we have always sought opportunities to work collaboratively with Indigenous communities and individuals, it has been largely project based. Through this initiative, ICA is working to ensure that the processes and protocols of Indigenous engagement are integrated into all our practices and program delivery throughout the organization.
As a settlement agency supporting refugees and newcomers to Canada we have a responsibility to lead Indigenous engagement and reconciliation processes for our clients and our community.
We are excited about the possibilities and look forward to a shared journey with a highly collaborative, process-oriented approach that will further our on-going work on Truth and Reconciliation. We look forward to sharing our Indigenous Journey with you to benefit the wider community.