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Building Capacity: Cuts Goals and Language Revitalization

building capacity: Four Indigenous women in the ICF office have been laid off in the cuts, according to National Observer. Goals of the program include supporting Indigenous language revitalization and building capacity for knowledge sharing in communities traditionally overlooked by cultural granting offices. The Indigenous Culture Fund ICF an initiative of the Ontario Arts Council, just lost 2.25 million in funds for this year, according to a statement from the council obtained by National Observer, pending review by the Progressive Conservative government to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and efficiently to maximize the impact of Indigenous culture support. ; The council has lost 5 million in base funding, taking them back to the 64 million funding level of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Premier Doug Ford's caucus, say artists, can expect pushback. And that's what Indigenous people need as part of the TRC, said Aylan Couchie, an Anishinaabe writer and artist from Nipissing First Nation. It was there to revitalize culture. ( As reported in the news.