The United Empire Loyalists of Canada - Bicentennial Branch (Southwestern Ontario)
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Four Directions Youth Project

In 2009, the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada launched a fundraising effort in support of the Four Directions Youth Project, a curriculum-based educational experience developed by UELAC Honorary Vice President Zig Misiak. Since the 2009 AGM in Adolphustown, the Finance Committee has been very active establishing its fundraising initiative. David Hill Morrison UE of the UELAC Grand River Branch has been instrumental in keeping the membership informed of the developments of this worthwhile program with background information in Loyalist Trails.

The project is being undertaken in collaboration with a number of schools, groups, and First Nations, including the Chiefswood National Historic Site, which is of primary cultural and heritage importance to the Six Nations of the Grand River community. Others, including re-enactor groups, involved with the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 will be contributing their expertise to assist with this initiative.

The Four Directions Youth Project seeks to revive interest in a key historical period relevant to all people during the formation of Canada after the Revolutionary War. Inclusive to all people, nations, religions, etc., this project focuses on bridging the gaps through cultural awareness, interaction and understanding. Utilizing a key event, i.e. the War of 1812, the Four Directions will build capacity while learning about each other through engaging and interactive (hands-on) activities in a peaceful and non-threatening environment conducive to learning.

The project carries a message of peace, pride, and co-existence. Coupled with hands-on activities aimed at youth following each weekly gathering, the Four Directions Youth Project promises to be a learning experience that will foster self-esteem along with an interest in Canadian history and heritage.

The total estimated cost of the program is $20,000.00. Thanks to the support of UELAC branches and individuals across Canada our Association has met our goal with donations totalling $5050.00 in support of this project. Thank you to the generous supporters of this worthy initiative.

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