These petitions are not online petitions, they must be signed by hand and mailed or dropped off to the respective MPP offices. No digital signatures either, sorry. All petition pages MUST be signed on this document, 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.
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. To get it read this week (Dec 17-21 2018), petitions MUST arrive at her office by morning on Tuesday, December 18. PETITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE COLLECTED after this week to be read in the new year (most likely February) – 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. We are looking to have this petition supported by Sol Mamakwa (Critic, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Member) and we would like to get some initial signatures to his office by Wednesday December 19th. Petitions can continue to be mailed to be read when Legislature reconvenes in the new year (most likely February).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org — Miigwech!
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