(Via WireService.ca) One of a dozen upcoming heritage projects to receive support from the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Heritage Council (EHC) is Becoming Edmonton, a documentary film project that will collect oral histories from First Nations and refugee communities and highlight their shared experience. It’s an initiative of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society.
“The Becoming Edmonton project seeks to share stories of arrival and transition from refugees and Aboriginal peoples who call Edmonton their home,” says filmmaker and project lead Jason Gondziola. “Because of the support from the Edmonton Heritage Council, we’ll be able to find and share these stories with the broader public and, in so doing, create a stronger sense of community.”
The Heritage Community Investment Program (HCIP) provided the support through a Project Grant. The grants go to Edmontonians with creative, including non-traditional, ideas to preserve and present the city’s stories. This year, more than $128,000 was awarded in amounts from $1,600 to $15,000. EHC Executive Director David Ridley says the groups that apply are getting more diverse every year.
If your Edmonton group may be eligible and you’d like to try for a grant, visit the EHC site for details and tips. And remember these tips from our own resident former review committee member: Be very specific on how you plan to spend the money, get as many people as you can to help you, and set a simple goal.