VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government has announced new grants that will work to promote reconciliation by educating people about British Columbia’s past.

Indigenous Communities, local governments, and heritage organizations across the province will soon get access to funding for projects spotlighting the diverse cultural heritage in B.C.

“It has been 150 years since B.C. joined confederation, but the history of this place stretches back to time immemorial,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

“To heal and move forward together, it is important that everyone sees themselves reflected in B.C.’s heritage and cultural programs. This is an opportunity for people to learn more about B.C.’s colonial past and to honour the resilience both Indigenous and non-Indigenous marginalized communities have shown. Let’s reflect on our whole story and what we can do together to make B.C. an even better place for generations to come.”

Funding is administered through the First People’s Cultural Foundation and Heritage BC. This new $30-million 150 Time Immemorial grant program will help to fund projects that will educate people of B.C’s colonial past, advance reconciliation, and promote inclusivity and diversity for the province’s future.

Applications will be open to Indigenous communities, local governments, and not-for-profit heritage organizations with an Indigenous or heritage mandate starting this fall.

More information will be released at a later date.