2016 Grants


Knowledge is Pow Wow (KPW)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
A community-based festival building on the success of 2015’s Knowledge is Pow Wow workshop series and showcase. KPW creates safe spaces for dialogue and exploration of issues relating to discrimination, prejudice, especially religious pluralism, and social justice through inclusive conversation and creative expression. From a platform of reconciliation KPW unites communities in hope.

LOVE Nova Scotia Leadership Retreat
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
This LOVE Nova Scotia project was a 4-day, 3-night retreat bringing together youth leaders from Halifax, Sipekne’katik First Nation, and Membertou First Nation. The purpose of this retreat was to hone leadership skills, take part in a cross-cultural exchange and relationship-building, and engage with themes of understanding and reconciliation.

MABELLE Youth Leaders: Building Bridges of Celebration
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Three project leaders from different cultural backgrounds mentored 15 Muslim and non-Muslim youth in imagining and producing 4 Iftar Nights in a low-income neighbourhood. MABELLE’s workshops on Islamophobia, cross-cultural collaboration and facilitation prepared participating youth to develop this inter-cultural celebration bringing community members together across real and perceived differences.

Métissages Urbains
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Métissages Urbains is an inclusive artistic residency program in public space that combines artistic co-creation, development of critical thinking, and citizen participation. This project specifically aims at exploring encounters of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in order to deconstruct identity prejudices and create a common artwork.

NGen Allyship: Islamophobia, Transphobia, Homophobia
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Through a series of youth-led arts-based and popular education learning opportunities, this project addressed issues of Islamophobia, homophobia & transphobia, focusing on youth with personal experience, including Muslim, queer, and trans youth, to further NGen’s impact as an inclusive space in Hamilton.

Responsibility, Right Relations & Reconciliation: Nogojiwanong YSI 2016-17
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
This project offered a variety of opportunities for first-hand, creative and practical bridge-building across diverse youth backgrounds in the region. Through a particular emphasis on Indigenous and Muslim communities and a deconstruction of current prejudices that surround them both, this project created space to find bases of commonality, reconciliation and change-making.

Sharing Stories for Solidarity in Saskatoon
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canadian Roots Exchange Saskatoon united Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people aged 14 to 30 in 16 weeks of transformational youth leadership programming in Saskatoon. The bi-weekly programming focused on reconciliation, solidarity and decolonization and gave youth an opportunity to talk about issues of identity, community, inclusion, racism, and Islamophobia.

The Opening Minds Project: Community TV & Radio Broadcast Series on Islamophobia
Location: Toronto, Ontario
In collaboration with Regent Park Focus, Tusma led the production of a five-part multi-media series identifying the micro/meso/macro levels to Islamophobia. The project engaged youth and used community television/radio broadcast studios to convene participants and interfaith representatives and host/record discussions, with the aim to open minds about stereotypes/stigmas associated with Muslims.

The Truth & Dare Project – Youth Leadership Program
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Over 16 weeks, the Truth & Dare Project – Youth Leadership Program placed young Muslim women in visible leadership roles. The Youth Leadership Team was mentored to take on leadership and decision-making roles in programming, coordination, outreach and social media, as well as the co-facilitation of workshops.

(UN)COVERED: How We Choose to Cover Our Heads
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
(UN)COVERED is a youth-led photography project and travelling exhibit that addressed sexism and Islamophobia through portraits of different female head coverings. Conceptualized, created and curated by young women who cover their heads, the exhibit amplified voices and experiences that are too often silenced in the community.


Nations and Migrations Film Series / Comfortable Truths Campaign
Location: Montreal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Vancouver, British Columbia
Nations and Migrations involved four ‘groundswell’ screenings of documentaries focused on themes of nationhood, immigration and belonging. The campaign engaged over 2,000 people (mainly aged 18-34) to discover, learn from, and be inspired by diverse perspectives related to Canadian nationhood, immigration and belonging. Screening events engaged audiences in discussion and activation and were amplified through a social media campaign entitled ‘Comfortable Truths’, which engaged Cinema Politica’s extensive network of young activists.

Reconciliatory-enhanced National Film + Video Tour, Workshops and Discourse
Location: National
$40,000 x 3 Years
This grant is helping enhance and frame imagineNATIVE’s annual national Film + Video Tour to present, develop work and dialogue around reconciliatory-themed content. Content will be activated in annual cycles that engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous public in screenings, talks and presentations at local, national, and digitally global platforms, over a three year period to expand the tour and engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences and young filmmakers across Canada in dialogue sparked by “reconciliatory-themed” media content.

Stories for Reconciliation
Location: National
This CRE 18 month arts-based reconciliation project engages 10 teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who create segments pieced together to produce a national Story Blanket art piece. Each segment represents different themes of reconciliation and solidarity. The whole process is documented through social media and a final documentary.

Terrain of Thought
Terrain of Thought catalyzed country-wide, transformational, participatory inter-cultural arts practices to support (Re)conciliation.This was done by placing young emerging community arts leaders across regions and cultures within impactful projects of Jumblies and partners; providing orientation and mentorship; and holding a gathering to enhance experiences, relationships, and collaborations.

The Sidra Project
Location: Toronto, Ontario
The Sidra Project used new virtual reality technology and a community engagement process to build empathy and support for refugees and resettlement. This collaboration between United Nations and Artscape invited citizens from diverse backgrounds to invest an hour of time to build support for refugee resettlement efforts.

Understanding Media Portrayals of Islam & Muslims + How to Tell Your Own Story
Location: Montreal, Quebec; Calgary, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba
This grant enabled NCCM to workshop an evolving youth-focused media literacy toolkit aiming to support young people in identifying Islamophobic stereotypes in mainstream media and support them with skills to shift narratives. NCCM engaged groups of young people aged 16-30 in 4 cities: Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Winnipeg.