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Canadian Heritage extends deadline for funding to commemorate legacy of residential schools – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202073 Views

March 27 deadline extended amid global COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 24, 2020

A federal grant program that offers funds to commemorate the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system has extended its deadline in the wake of COVID-19.

It’s a part of Canadian Heritage’s Celebration and Commemorative Program that received $7 million in funding over two years in the federal government’s 2019 budget. The money is to support projects that raise awareness of the legacy of residential schools, and honour survivors, their families and communities.

It is also to create an environment to advance intergenerational healing and reconciliation.

The department told CBC News the Mar. 27 deadline for projects requesting $5,000 or less will be extended amid the current global COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for projects requesting up to $50,000 is April 9.

Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, said he would hate to see a program underutilized as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

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