Key decisions of Council is a summary of major discussion items presented at Kitchener City Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Council approves RISE community grant program for Black, Indigenous and racialized groups

Council approved the new Racialized and Indigenous Support for Equity (RISE) grant. The grant program is a sustained funding opportunity for groups or organizations run by and for Black, Indigenous and other racialized community members to support programming, initiatives and events meant to decrease inequities and increase opportunities for these groups in Kitchener. The grant was developed as one of the eight bodies of work to emerge out of the Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as a tangible deliverable of the Corporate Equity & Anti-Racism Strategy.

The grant program will begin with an annual budget of $50,000 per year, with plans to review the program after three years. The current unused Community Grants balance of $138,000 will be reallocated to fund the community grant program for the first three years. For the full report visit, Community Grant Program for Black, Indigenous and Racialized Groups and Organizations.

Kitchener to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with staff learning, Indigenous initiatives

The City of Kitchener will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) on September 30, 2021. The City is working with municipal partners and local Indigenous communities to move towards reconciliation and underscore our commitment to continued learning. We are:

  • Supporting Indigenous groups and organizations to deliver Indigenous-led events to recognize this day, including free access to public spaces and through financial support.
  • Raising consciousness within our organization by preparing and distributing curated learning resources that staff, Council and others can dive into, encouraging self-reflection and personal commitment to reconciliation.
  • Using our organizational voice and platforms to communicate broadly with our community at large about the importance and significance of this day.

This is a deliberate and intentional process that will require significant work and time. Council is committed to deepening the City’s understanding of the history and current realities of Indigenous peoples and addressing longstanding, systemic anti-Indigenous racism in our community and our organization.

For the full report visit, Indigenous Initiatives: Observance of National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.