Ontario Trillium Foundation

Social Recovery Strategy

Our grant funding agency is the Ontario Trillium Foundation:

The leading grant-making foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

Our project falls under the Collective Impact Grant:

“Grants that support collective strategy and transformative action in partnership with the Foundation to tackle complex community issues and achieve a lasting change in at least one Priority Outcome.” Retrieved from otf.ca/what-we-fund/investment-streams/collective-impact-grants

This project aims to engage representative community members, as well as, current social and health programs in order to gain insight into the root problems of social disintegration in Lac Seul and form an action plan on how to move forward towards Social Recovery.

Social Disintegration

Key Social Disintegration factors will be identified in the community and used as a basis to form the Social Recovery Strategy.

A description of Social Disintegration:

“A relatively disintegrated community contains noxious or stressful conditions that threaten the personal and social welfare of component individuals: their lives, safety, stable social relationships, and mental health. “ Blishen, B. R. (1968). Canadian society; sociological perspectives.

Indicators of Social Disintegration may include widespread:

  • Loss of Culture
  • Mental Health
  • Family Breakdown
  • Crime
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Unemployment
  • Abuse (physical or sexual)

Social Recovery

The preliminary Social Recovery Strategy will be developed Summer 2016.  It will be designed to minimize the targeted areas of social disintegration in the community.

An example of Social Recovery for Lac Seul might look like:

  • Designing collective community strategies that emphasize First Nations traditions and cultural identity, as well as, developing healing systems that encompass First Nations values.

Organizations collectively working together can make meaningful impact on Social Recovery in the community.

For more information, please contact the Social Recovery Coordinator at 582-9812.