For the second year in a row, the Dibaajimowin Cultural Centre on Macklin Road near Roseneath has received federal funding to teach Indigenous language and traditional lifestyles to people of all generations.

Article & image by Valerie Macdonald

Culture is at the forefront of Dibaajimowin Centre activities, MP Kim Rudd found out when she visited the centre located at 5595 Macklin Road recently when she inspected locally-made Indigenous clothing and accessories.

The money is provided through the Urban Programming for Indigenous People program with the focus of the program to “spread intergenerational teachings through weaving language tutorials, and traditional lifestyle events,” according to a media release.

A second funding source is the New Horizons Program which focuses on Seniors. 

The larger of two grants received by the Cultural Centre this year, $137,895 assists both status and non-status First Nation, Inuit and Meti living in, or transitioning to urban centres.

The smaller of the two Federal Government grants Rudd announced for the Cultural Centre was $25,000 through the New Horizons for Seniors which provides grassroots alternatives and programming to get seniors out of their homes and socializing.

Alderville First Nation received the same amount through the New Horizons Program program.

It is important to keep seniors socializing and programming like Euchre and bus trips leads to relationship building, Rudd said in an interview.

New Horizons funding is important to combat senior isolation in Alderville, Community Aboriginal Recreation Activator Amy Babcock also said as seniors gathered for an afternoon of Euchre in the Alderville Community Centre on County Road 45 last Wednesday.