The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is excited to share the 2021-22 Year in Review, which celebrates the accomplishments of grant recipients and highlights our partners and program initiatives.
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s (FPCC) 2021-22 Year in Review is delivered to communities, funders, First Nations leadership as well as provincial and federal elected representatives.
We are happy to report that in 2021-22, FPCC programs delivered a record amount of funding to First Nations communities and individuals across B.C.! Despite ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and many other challenges, we raise our hands to the grant recipients who worked to complete 824 FPCC-funded projects to revitalize our languages, arts, cultures and heritage.
“As we share about all the work that happened, we are so proud to celebrate the incredible determination and commitment demonstrated by community grant recipients across B.C. Your commitment to revitalization work inspires so much hope for the future as we continue to strengthen our First Nations languages, arts, cultures and heritage for our future generations.” – Tracey Herbert, CEO, FPCC
Highlights from 2021-22 Year in Review
- Launched the First Peoples’ Map
- Celebrated the Decade of Indigenous Languages
- Advocated for new funding of almost $35M from the Province of B.C.
- $17.4M awarded through 445 grants.
- 458 B.C. First Nations members received language training.
- 1,229 language resources were developed.
- $2.9M awarded through 269 grants.
- 2,503 people were involved in FPCC Arts projects.
- Development of the Virtual Program Training Program to support artists who participated in FPCC’s online production of Indigifest 2021.
- $5.1M awarded through 110 grants.
- 1,195 participants in training and mentorship opportunities.
- 302 heritage practices documented.
“The power you feel learning your language, there are no words for it, you feel so much more connected to your culture in so many ways because of your language. Receiving support from FPCC’s Youth Empowered Speakers Program has been a life-changing journey and I am so thankful that I have this opportunity.” – Autumn Cooper, Youth Empowered Speakers participant, Stz’uminus First Nation.
Please click here to view and download the 2021-22 Year in Review and a list of all 2021-22 grant recipients and summaries of their projects.
To view past annual reports, click here.
Check out the 2021-22 Year in Review video which celebrates the projects completed across B.C.
We thank Russell Wallace for the use of his song “Solstice”.
We would like to thank our funders: The First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation, B.C. Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Department of Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Neighbours, BC Arts Council, B.C. Ministry of Environment, B.C. Heritage Branch, Creative BC, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, RSF Social Finance and United Church of Canada.
We also thank Cecilia DeRose, who is a language Mentor in the FPCC Mentor-Apprentice Program and Ryder Doerfling, both from Williams Lake B.C., for appearing on our cover in an image by Julie Elizabeth Photography.
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