Indigenous Culture Fund – Ontario Legislative Petitions – Information for Contacting MPPs – Email/Letter Templates – Script/Talking Points & Links for Contacting MPPs in Person

How to Get Involved

Visit or Call your MPP

Queens Park is currently not in session. During this break, MPPs are supposed to be spending time in their home ridings meeting with constituents. We’ve prepared a script which includes talking points and links to more information, which you can use should you like to contact your MPP in person.

Use this link to find the contact information for your MPP: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current/contact-information

If you don’t know who your MPP is, enter your postal code in this link to find your riding: https://voterinformationservice.elections.on.ca/en/election/search?mode=postalCode

Downloadable Script/Talking Points for Contacting your MPP :  Word Document

Downloadable Script/Talking Points for Contacting your MPP: PDF

Link to Online version of Script/Talking Points for Contacting your MPP: Online (HTML)

Email or Mail your MPP

We’ve prepared a form letter for people use as a guide for writing their own emails/letters or, as a template to simply fill in their names and the names of their MPPs (please ensure you include your address so your MPP knows you’re a constituent in their riding).

Use this link to find the email and/or mailing address for your MPP: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current/contact-information

If you don’t know who your MPP is, enter your postal code in this link to find your riding: https://voterinformationservice.elections.on.ca/en/election/search?mode=postalCode

Email/Letter Template Download: Word Document

Email/Letter Template Download: PDF

Link to Online Version of Email/Letter Template: Online (HTML)

Ontario Legislative Petition

These petitions are not online petitions, they must be signed by hand and mailed or dropped off to the respective MPP offices.

All petition pages MUST be signed on this document (no digital signatures), i.e you can not add additional blank pages with signatures. In other words, all signatures must be signed on the document outlining the petition information. Please contact me if mailing petitions is a barrier for you for financial or other reasons so we may work on a solution.

FIRST PETITION (OAC-ICF Petition): This petition encompasses whole cuts to the Ontario Arts Council, including the Indigenous Culture Fund. The petition is supported by MPP Dr. Jill Andrew (Toronto-St. Paul’s). Petitions will be collected throughout December and January so please continue to gather signatures and mail in your petitions. This petition can be mailed to the address listed on the petition, or, it can be dropped off at MPP Andrew’s Community Office: 803 St. Clair Avenue West (St. Clair West & Arlington).

Download and print the petition here: OAC-ICF Petition


SECOND PETITION (Petition to Restore the Indigenous Culture Fund): This petition is specific to the cuts to the Indigenous Culture Fund. This petition is supported by Sol Mamakwa (Critic, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Member).

Download and print the petition here: Petition to Restore the Indigenous Culture Fund

Please remember all petitions MUST be hand-signed on the petition document and mailed or dropped off (can not be emailed/scanned/faxed). 

A letter writing campaign is also being organized, however, please take initiative to write your MPPs or set meetings at their constituency offices in January – they are not in Queen’s Park during this month and are supposed to be available to constituents during this time. For more information please feel free to email: aylan@aylan.ca — Miigwech!

More information:

About the Indigenous Culture Fund: http://www.arts.on.ca/grants/activity/indigenous-culture-fund

‘It’s heartbreaking’: Indigenous artists mourn possible cuts to culture fund under review by PCs (CBC): https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-indigenous-culture-fund-1.4947865

Ford guts grant to help further truth and reconciliation (National Observer): https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/12/14/news/ford-guts-grant-help-further-truth-and-reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aylan Couchie is an Anishinaabe interdisciplinary artist and writer hailing from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario.

5 thoughts on “Indigenous Culture Fund – Ontario Legislative Petitions – Information for Contacting MPPs – Email/Letter Templates – Script/Talking Points & Links for Contacting MPPs in Person

  1. The TRC’s mandate to support Indigenous culture is crucial to reconciliation and improving the lives and well being of Indigenous communities.

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