Aboriginal cultural heritage initiatives receive government funding support

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Aboriginal groups across the province are receiving over $46,550 through the provincial government's Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program (ACHP) to support projects designed to preserve Aboriginal practices and cultures for generations to come.
"In 2008, the provincial government implemented a pilot project designed to address the increasingly urgent need to preserve Newfoundland and Labrador's Aboriginal heritage," Tourism Minister Terry French stated in a news release today.
"Since that time, through the ACHP, our government has shown its continued commitment to safeguarding the valuable tangible and intangible aspects of Aboriginal heritage in this province, and to ensuring it survives, and is celebrated, for many years to come."
Projects eligible for ACHP funding include those which document and inventory Aboriginal cultural traditions, encourage cultural economic activity, and those which recognize, celebrate and promote Aboriginal heritage in all its forms. Applications are reviewed by the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, composed of representatives from Aboriginal groups across the province.
The following organizations have received funding under the 2010 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Program:
Federation of Newfoundland Indians, Corner Brook - $11,000 to digitize and archive oral history interviews with Mi'kmaq peoples from Western and Central Newfoundland; TorngÂsok Cultural Centre, Nain - $9,000 to record knowledge from Inuit Elders regarding the tradition of stone inuksuit; Miawpukek First Nation, Conne River - $9,000 to develop a Mi'kmaq Medicinal Walk, which will provide the community and visitors with information on the plants and herbs used in traditional healing; Nunatsiavut Government, Makkovik - $8,000 to undertake an Elders' Storytelling Project that will preserve local culture and be used as a teaching tool for future generations; Flat Bay Indian Band, Flat Bay - $6,000 to deliver workshops on Mi'kmaq traditions in the week leading up to the 2010 Flat Bay Powwow, to be held July 17-18; Corner Brook Aboriginal Women's Association, Corner Brook - $2,000 to organize a ritual performance workshop that will encourage participation in Mi'kmaq traditions such as smudging, drumming, singing and dancing; and, St. George's Indian Band, St. George's - $1,550 to organize a workshop on the traditional skill of spruce root basket weaving.

Organizations: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook, St. George's Conne River Makkovik Flat Bay

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