$41,872 Grant to The Native North American Travelling College – April 16, 2011

Darren Bonaparte, Bernice Lazore, Grand Chief of Akwesasne Mike Mitchell, MPP Jim Brownell, Josh Sargent

Akwesasne Mohawk Territory – The province is helping the Onake Corporation (Native North American Travelling College) to engage Ontarians in the Mohawk culture through the combined use of technology and face-toface interactions.

Darren Bonaparte, MPP Jim Brownell, Executive Director Russell Roundpoint, Josh Sargent


This will be achieved through the production of a series of short video vignettes, which will be made available on the College’s websites as well as on portable video monitors to be displayed in public places.  To support the videos, a series of educational booklets – primarily for children – will be developed as a tool to showcase Mohawk culture, traditions, arts and crafts.

Russell Roundpoint


Funding is provided through the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund, which supports projects that enhance Ontario’s cultural sector, including arts education, cultural diversity and engagement, and heritage preservation.

Bernice Lazore


This support helps not-for-profit organizations working in the culture, heritage and public library sectors to undertake projects that stimulate job growth, support new, dynamic content and encourages cultural tourism.


“Akwesasne’s cultural organizations enrich our community and help drive creativity.  This support will enable the Onake Corporation (Native North American Travelling College) to continue their work to enhance our cultural life and community, which will help attract new visitors and boost cultural tourism.” – Jim Brownell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry


“The Native North American Travelling College is pleased to be able to continue in our efforts to provide information and cultural education to all interested people and this grant will open new avenues that will allow us to reach new audiences and make new friends.”  – Bernice Lazore, President Onake Corporation

Jim Brownell Part 2


The province is providing the Onake Corporation (Native North American Travelling College) with a grant of $41,872.00 towards the project.  This year, the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund will provide $1.3 million to support 45 creative projects across Ontario.  


Culture is one of Ontario’s fastest growing sectors, employing over 200,000 people and contributing approximately $20 billion annually to Ontario’s economy.   Since 2003, creative-industry jobs have increased by 12 per cent – representing 23,000 new jobs.

For more information on the Onake Corporation (Native North American Travelling College), CLICK HERE.

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