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Key Dates and Recommended Project Timeline

  • By November 2023: Identify who will be involved:
    • Confirm an organizational partner — this could be a school or community organization who will be responsible for receiving, administering and reporting on the use of funds.
    • Confirm up to 2 other project representatives from youth involved. Confirm any artists, teachers, community leaders, etc. who will mentor you as you plan and create your project.
    • Connect with an Elder, Knowledge Keeper, and/or Residential School Survivor for guidance and advice on the project. Follow traditional protocols when requesting guidance from an Elder, Knowledge Keeper, or Survivor.
  • By December, 2023: Plan the outline of the project.
    • What is the activity?
    • Where is it happening?
    • When is it happening (what’s the timeline?)
    • What materials are needed?
    • What is the budget?
  • January 26th, 2024: Deadline to submit a project plan and a support letter from your partner organization.
  • Deadline extended, submit a project by February 16th. 
  • March 1st, 2024: Formal announcement of selected projects and micro-grants.
  • March 2024: Begin construction work or the art-making process.
    • If needed, book space, audio-visual equipment, develop posters or promotional material, consider and order catering, purchase workshop materials, etc.
    • Start to publicise your event.
  • April 2024: Attend the leadership gathering and refine or finalize your project plan.
  • April 2024: Mid-point check-in with NCTR to report on process.
  • June 2024: Present your project at the national celebration ceremony.
  • June 2024: Final deadline for final reports for projects including how funds were used and illustrate the process and the project’s final outcome (using photos, videos, participant testimonials, etc.)

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.