We are excited to share the FPCC 2019/20 Year in Review.
This report is completed annually to share the work that FPCC has completed for the year, discuss key successes and challenges for each program area and to highlight the good work happening around the province to revitalize First Nations languages, cultural heritage and Indigenous arts.
2019/20 was an incredible year of growth with new programs, more training opportunities and production of three major events. We also delivered more funding than ever before. FPCC delivered over $15.7 million to First Nations communities and individuals across B.C. To see images and information celebrating this year, view our slideshow.
Here are some of the program highlights shared in the FPCC 2019/20 Year in Review:
- $15.7 million funded 580 grants for language, arts and cultural heritage
- 980 participants in training sessions
- 2,445 participants in Arts programs
- 2 new Cultural Heritage grants that funded 29 projects
Receiving this grant has been a huge support in my life. – Jay Bellis, Haida and Kutenai Indigenous Emerging Artists recipient.
FPCC also hosted 3 major events that collectively attracted thousands of participants:
- HELISET TŦE SḰÁL ‘Let the Languages Live’ – International Conference on Indigenous Languages to celebrate the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.
- Indigifest – a one day Indigenous music, arts and culture festival featuring participants of the FPCC Indigenous Music retreat and Arts program grant recipients.
- Indigenous Cultural Heritage Forum gathered Indigenous heritage experts from across B.C. to discuss the challenges facing Indigenous cultural heritage work in B.C.
Festivals like this are really important for Indigenous artists. Indigifest really manifested something in us that we already knew, that we had what it takes to get into the mainstream. – Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce of Snotty Nose Rez Kids.
This program year ended with the COVID-19 restrictions that forced everyone to adjust their work, program goals and how we can gather together. At FPCC we have worked hard to support programs by continuing to provide funding opportunities, develop online training and information sessions, and work with participants on their individual program needs. We also created a number of new COVID-19 resources to support programs through this period of change.
You just gotta find ways to creatively do your best and whatever the new normal is – just be willing to adjust to it. The good thing about the Arts is that we are creative. If you can use that creativity and translate it into your business, then you are going to win. – Joseph “Joey” Stylez Individual Emerging Artist recipient.
While this year is challenging, we are so inspired by all of the work that has continued to revitalize your Indigenous languages, arts and cultural heritage. We are hopeful for what is to come and raise our hands in thanks to all of the Elders, Knowledge Keepers, language champions, and those who are transferring their knowledge to the next generations.
Thank you to Syilx artists Sheldon Pierre Louis for contributing his original artwork for the cover of the annual report and to ‘M Girl for the song “Eyes Wide Open” in the slideshow.
Thank you to our 2019/20 funders: Aboriginal Neighbours, BC Arts Council, B.C. Heritage Branch, Creative BC, Department of Canadian Heritage, First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation, Indigenous Services Canada, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Province of British Columbia.
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