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Understanding the past helps us face the present and frame the future. A recent series of grants from HCF is supporting the study of history related to Black, Indigenous, people of colour (BIPOC), Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ and Jewish communities.

As part of its consultations aimed at supporting equity-deserving communities, the Foundation heard about the importance of literacy and education through studying history. A grants call focusing on this issue resulted in funding for programs including:

  • Stories of the Black community in Hamilton using griot format (African drumming and dance in combination with oral storytelling) from Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association.
  • Learning at Glendale Secondary School about Hamilton’s Stewart Memorial Church and its vital role in the lives of Hamilton’s Black community.
  • Settler Reflection Series workshops that help participants understand the historical and current impact of colonialism in Canada from Righting Relations Hamilton Circle.

In total, 14 initiatives were funded through this program. A complete list is available at


From Spring 2022 Legacy newsletter